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Speyside Whisky Trail 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

1. Speyside Whisky Trail 1-Day Tour from Aberdeen

Leaving Aberdeen in the morning you’ll arrive first in Royal Deeside, one of the favored holiday locations of the British royal family. At the Cambus O’May forest, walk in the woods and reenergize in the pristine environment that makes this area such a draw for visitors. Invigorated by the walk, head deeper into the national park as you travel past Cockbridge and Tomintoul. This legendary stretch of road regularly sees the first of the snowy winter weather and crosses the mountain pass known locally as the Lecht. You’ll have plenty of time for photo opportunities on this unforgettable route. Then, delve into the home of whisky in the Speyside region. Stop at the Speyside Cooperage where you’ll get to know the history of Scotland’s oak casks. Next, head to one of the Speyside towns for lunch before visiting Strathisla Distillery, an iconic distillery with a pagoda-shaped roof that is the oldest in the Scottish Highlands and where the story of the Chivas Brothers started.   Savor this excellent single malt and learn about its relationship with famous Chivas Regal blends. Leave Strathisla full of appreciation for whisky and arrive in Aberdeen in the early evening where it’ll be up to you whether you continue the whisky tasting into the night.

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From Aberdeen: Castles, Whisky and Food Tasting Tour

2. From Aberdeen: Castles, Whisky and Food Tasting Tour

Get a taste both for Scottish history and local produce on this full-day tour from Aberdeen. Visit a whisky distillery and 2 very special castles, Castle Fraser and Tolquhon Castle. Savor samples of local food and drink during the tour. After gathering at the meeting point, make your way to Glen Garioch Distillery in Oldmeldrum. Glen Garioch is the most easterly distillery in Scotland and has been making whisky since 1797 in what is affectionately known as a Highland-Speyside. Discover the history of whisky and how it is made on the Founders Tour around the distillery, and relish a tasting of their Founder's Reserve. Next, head to Castle Fraser, part of the National Trust for Scotland. Castle Fraser —not related to that famous Outlander, Jamie Fraser — is one of the few castles to have been managed by a Lady Laird and has an impressive avenue of trees and a landscaped garden. From Castle Fraser, move on to Tolquhon Castle, originally built in the early 1420s. Maintained by Historic Environment Scotland, the castle has some interesting architectural features and would have been a very comfortable home once upon a time. Although now a ruin, the castle is a playground with stairs and rooms to explore, and its charm is still strong. The tour concludes at the original meeting point.

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Aberdeen: Walking City and Food Tour

3. Aberdeen: Walking City and Food Tour

Take a guided 3-hour walk through the city of Aberdeen to discover its history and food culture. Start your tour at Marischal College, the second largest granite building in the world. Your guide will explain the city’s coat of arms and why the leopard is the animal of Aberdeen, as you taste a local delicacy.  Continue to one of the largest monuments in Aberdeen where you’ll make a toast William Wallace, the Scottish national hero. Visit the Kirk of Saint Nicholas walk down some of the oldest streets in town, and admire the range of urban art and murals in the city.  Wander down to the harbor to see the UK’s oldest company and the Maritime Museum, before finishing with a drink from one of the city’s craft brewers or distillers. Enjoy plenty of food samples along the way, so you won’t go hungry on this tour.

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I really enjoyed this evening tour. Jacqueline pointed out buildings dating to the 16th century which were tucked away down narrow side streets which I wouldn't normally have noticed. She also explained how the city was established and Union Street constructed in 1801. She also showed us interesting black and white aerial photos of the splendid Marischal College which showed a large quad of manicured lawns in the interior, not visible from the outside at ground level. Jacqueline took us to places for food tasting including delicious cullen skink and she also had prepared for us homemade oatcakes. Cocktails at a bar to finish. A great evening out, educational and also fun.

Excellent excursion. Neil was great. Showed up in authentic quilt, very nice touch. Very approachable, very knowledgeable. Even added a secret stop with was above and beyond just because a member of the group asked a question.

gentle guide, cool tour, nice stops, delicious whisky