About The Highland Lochs & Whisky Distillery Day Tour:
This day tour is especially recommended for those fascinated by the waters of Scotland's famous lochs, as well as connoisseurs of its internationally renowned 'water of life', better known as whisky. The tour sets off from Rabbie's Café in Edinburgh and travels into the heart of the Highlands via the Forth River.
En route to the tour's highlight stop at Dewars Whisky distillery you'll see the medieval capital of Perth and the semi-mystical woodland and waterfalls of Hermitage Forest. At Dewars in Aberfeldy you'll be shown the brewing process and will take part in a whisky tasting session. The coach will then make a stop by the quiet majesty of Loch Tay before heading back to Edinburgh via Stirling Castle and Linlithgow.
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- Depart: 09:00.
- Return: 18:30.
- Rabbie's Café. 16/28 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
- Approx. 10 hours.
- Lunch And Refreshments.
- Visitor Attraction Admission Fees.
- *Admission and tasting fees at the distillery.
Tour Route Details:
After setting off from Waterloo Place in one of Rabbies' luxury Mercedes mini-coaches you'll travel into the Highlands via the Forth Road Bridge, which spans the Forth River, a vital gateway of the Scottish economy.
Passing through Fife and Perth you'll soon arrive at the town of Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay. Here, passengers will get a chance to stretch their legs and explore the town's beautiful old streets and its signature cathedral.
Afterwards, you'll embark on a short drive up to the Hermitage woodlands for a guided nature walk. The Black Linn Falls, where the River Braan cascades into a gorge, are a signature spectacle on this portion of the tour. The nature walk is followed by an hour-long stop in Pitlochry for lunch and general sightseeing.
Leaving Pitlochry, your guide will point out Killiecrankie, site of the well-known 'soldiers leap'. It was here in 1689 during the Jacobite rebellion that Donald MacBean, a soldier of the government army made a daring bound across the River Garry to escape a bloody ambush by Highland troops and preserve his life.
The scenic highland drive to Aberfeldy includes a photo stop at Queen's View overlooking Loch Tummel, and the village of Kenmore on Loch Tay.
At Aberfeldy you'll actually get to sample a 'wee dram' of that water of life in the form of Scotch Whisky at Dewar's distillery** (entry fee not included). The experience includes a tour of the processes which transform the pristine water into Scotland's most famous export.
**On Sundays from November to March and also between 20th Dec and 2nd Jan this tour will visit Glenturret Distillery instead.
At the end of the distillery experience the coach returns to Edinburgh for around 19:00.