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West Coast Whisky & Castles - 7 Days
Whisky and Castles are two iconic aspects of Scotland; this seven day tour takes in some of Scotlands best loved Distilleries and Castles and will give you a true "Taste of Scotland".  The tour takes in the Castles of Inveraray, Eilean Donan, Dunvegan, Blair, Stirling and Edinburgh and visits the distilleries of Auchentoshan, Oban, Talisker, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Tullibardine and Edradour on a route through the most stunning Scottish scenery.
Argyll Forest Park & Auchentoshan
With rugged mountains, glens, great forests, moorland, lochs and rivers, Argyll Forest Park, along with Loch Lomond, is on the very edge of the Highland Boundary Fault, the great geological barrier that marks the line between the landscape of Lowland and Highland Scotland.  With a visit to Auchentoshan Distillery, there is no better introduction to the breathtaking landscape of Scotland.
Inveraray & Oban
Experience the historic communities of Argyll, from Neolithic times to the modern day.  Inveraray is the traditional county town of Argyll and ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, who founded the town, and Inveraray Castle, in 1745.  A visit to Oban, "Gateway to the Isles", reveals a distillery producing one of the oldest malt whiskies of Scotland.    
Islay
Known as "The Queen of the Hebrides", Islay is the fifth largest Scottish island and only 25 miles from the Irish coast. Whisky lovers are in their element here with no less than seven distilleries producing peaty malts.
Glencoe & Loch Ness
Glencoe is a hauntingly beautiful place with its towering mountains and many waterfalls providing a dramatic backdrop.  It is best known for the dreadful massacre during a bloody period of Scotland's history but it also famous for climbing and geology.  Charming Fort Augustus and serene Loch Ness provide a contrasting atmosphere before reaching iconic Eilean Donan Castle.
The Isle of Skye & Talisker
The magical Isle of Skye has its own unique mystic atmosphere, defined by the jagged outline of the ridges of the Cuillin mountain ranges contrasting with the gentle curves of coastline.  The views to mountain, sea and coast are outstanding.  The main town Portree is colourful and welcoming with a visit to splendid Dunvegan Castle and the excellent Talisker distillery en route.
Blair Castle & Edradour Distillery
The rolling, heather clad hills of central Perthshire are in stark contrast to the rugged terrain of North West Scotland.  Blair Castle sits perfectly in this gentle landscape and a tour is on offer to see collections displayed in 30 rooms give a rich and varied impression of Scottish life over seven centuries.  En route to Pitlochry is a visit to Edradour Distillery and one of the finest single malts you can find.
Stirling Castle & Edinburgh
Stirling is very much associated with Scotland's battle for freedom and a tour of Stirling Castle, sitting majestically on top of volcanic rock will reveal close connections with the great figures from Scotland's past.
West Coast Whisky & Castles - 7 Days | Overview

Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring the mountains, glens, lochs and rivers or Argyll Forest Park & beautiful Loch Lomond and a visit to Auchentoshan distillery.
Day 2
takes in the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous Castle and charming 18th century streets, then travelling on to the coastal town of Oban to enjoy the atmosphere and a distillery tour.
Day 3 sees us travel via ferry to Islay. With their heavy peat-smoked flavour, the Islay malts really are in a class of their own and with over seven distilleries to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice on this delightful island.
Day 4
we travel to the Isle of Skye via fabulous Glencoe, steeped in history with dramatic scenery. On the way, we stop over in the charming town of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness before heading for a visit to the iconic 13th century Eilean Donan Castle and onwards to Skye.
Day 5
is a full tour of the Island of Skye, passing through Broadford and on to the Island capital, Portree. Heading north we take in Uig, Kilt Rock Falls and Dunvegan Castle with a visit, of course, to Talisker Distillery.
Day 6
we head south via Invergarry, passing Dalwhinnie distillery and stopping for a tour of Blair Castle followed by a visit to Edradour Distillery in the Victorian tourist town of Pitlochry which probably houses one of the finest single malts you can find.
Day 7
sees us visit Perthshire based Tullibardine distillery and explores Stirling Castle with a full tour to take in the castle's long and turbulent history. We also visit Edinburgh Castle and then enjoy a walk down the Royal Mile, with its charming medieval architecture and the opportunity to do some last minute whisky shopping.

 

 

West Coast Whisky & Castles - 7 Days | Overview

Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish landscape, exploring the mountains, glens, lochs and rivers or Argyll Forest Park & beautiful Loch Lomond and a visit to Auchentoshan distillery.
Day 2
takes in the wonderful lochside village of Inveraray and its famous Castle and charming 18th century streets, then travelling on to the coastal town of Oban to enjoy the atmosphere and a distillery tour.
Day 3 sees us travel via ferry to Islay. With their heavy peat-smoked flavour, the Islay malts really are in a class of their own and with over seven distilleries to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice on this delightful island.
Day 4
we travel to the Isle of Skye via fabulous Glencoe, steeped in history with dramatic scenery. On the way, we stop over in the charming town of Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness before heading for a visit to the iconic 13th century Eilean Donan Castle and onwards to Skye.
Day 5
is a full tour of the Island of Skye, passing through Broadford and on to the Island capital, Portree. Heading north we take in Uig, Kilt Rock Falls and Dunvegan Castle with a visit, of course, to Talisker Distillery.
Day 6
we head south via Invergarry, passing Dalwhinnie distillery and stopping for a tour of Blair Castle followed by a visit to Edradour Distillery in the Victorian tourist town of Pitlochry which probably houses one of the finest single malts you can find.
Day 7
sees us visit Perthshire based Tullibardine distillery and explores Stirling Castle with a full tour to take in the castle's long and turbulent history. We also visit Edinburgh Castle and then enjoy a walk down the Royal Mile, with its charming medieval architecture and the opportunity to do some last minute whisky shopping.

 

 

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