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Whiskey Trails Of Scotland
Featuring World-Class Distilleries

Edinburgh, Cairgorns, Isle of Skye, Oban
14 August 2021 - 23 August 2021 | 9 Nights
Starting at $5,986/person

  • Culture and History
  • Wine and Spirits Appreciation

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5 Home bases
10 Destinations
Activity level
Light
Service level
Premium
Group size
Max
6
Journey designed by
Melisa Harvey

                                


Accompany us to Scotland and revel in the mystique and ethereal beauty the highlands is renowned for. From a VIP evening at the Military Tattoo to the cultural delights at the Fringe Festival, expect an awe-inspiring and flexible itinerary showcasing the very best of what Scotland has to offer.
Indulge in a dram of rare whiskey, while witnessing coopers creating some of the world’s finest liquor. Immerse yourself in the mystical landscapes as we wind along country roads and ignite your sense of wonder as you explore scenes reminiscent of science-fiction films. Travel back in time, as you traverse beaches dotted with dinosaur fossils and gaze up at medieval palaces. Our Art in Voyage curated journey to Scotland will certainly thrill and impress you.

Nights

2 nights in Edinburgh

1 night in Perthshire

2 nights in Speyside

2 nights in the Isle of Skye

2 nights in Oban

Meals

9 traditional breakfasts

5 lunches

6 dinners with wine pairings

Activities

VIP Experience at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Private guided tours of Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, and Oban

Private boat tour of the Loch Ness

Private whiskey tasting and distillery throughout (as listed)

Entry fees and tickets as listed

Extras

Private transfers from and to Edinburgh airport

Services of a journey host as well as professional local guides, and whiskey experts throughout

All taxes

Highlights

Sheer Indulgence along the Whiskey Trails of Scotland

We visit a number of famous distilleries as we meander through the Scottish highlands. Experience the unique and rich characteristics of Scottish single malt whiskey with tastings at some of the oldest and finest distilleries in the region.

Flexible Itinerary and Impeccable Hosting

Choose from an array of adventures, or relax in the comfort of the luxury hotels this journey boasts. From the mystical Angel Falls to the Loch Ness, our curated itinerary will ensure that you experience the endless grandeur that Scotland offers.

The Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is certainly a magical place and has countless ways to enchant you, with its miles of dramatic coast, medieval castles, velvety green hills, and fascinating history. Bring your sense of adventure along as we explore the Isle of Skye!

The Scottish Highlands

The remote, ruggedly beautiful Highlands of Scotland offer blissful seclusion in a fantasy-like surrounding. This region is so captivating in fact, that it has been chosen as the film set locations for the likes of Harry Potter films and the Outlander series.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Arrival in Edinburgh

Arrival in Edinburgh

Day 1

After a private airport transfer to the Edinburgh Hotel, and some time to settle in, we embark on an orientation tour to acquaint ourselves with the capital of Scotland. Led by our Art in Voyage host, not only will we gain our bearings on this tour, but we will also become familiarized with Scottish culture, cuisine, and historical sites. We enjoy a welcome lunch and our first whiskey tasting, before freshening up for our VIP experience at the Military Tattoo. Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s impressive castle, The Royal Military Tattoo is an iconic highlight on the Scottish calendar celebrating the skills and talents of an array of military bands from across the world. We indulge in a three-course meal, before taking to our VIP seats in the Royal Gallery. After the performance, we are invited to the producer’s Champagne Reception, where we receive a memento to remember the occasion.

Exploring Edinburgh

Exploring Edinburgh

Day 2

After an indulgent full English Breakfast, we depart for a mid-morning tour of some of the city's highlights including, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and the Scottish Parliament. Enjoy an optional hike to Arthurs Seat before tucking into lunch at Number One, a Michelin-starred restaurant. Lunch is followed by a whiskey tasting at the Balmoral Hotel, where over 500 varieties of unique Scottish whiskeys are displayed in a handcrafted wood-paneled cabinet. Spend the rest of the afternoon leisurely exploring more of Edinburgh’s attractions, such as St Giles Cathedral or The Royal Mile at no additional cost. In the evening, we recommend that you attend the Fringe Festival, where theater, comedy, cabaret, exhibitions, opera and other exciting pursuits are on offer. With over 55 000 performances and 3 548 shows, we assure you that your experience of the Edinburgh Fringe will be a momentous one.

Edinburgh to Perthshire

Edinburgh to Perthshire

Day 3

After another delicious cooked breakfast, we embark on a journey to Perthshire and en-route to visit the outside of the historic Sterling Castle, favored by the monarch in medieval times. Afterward, we depart for the towering National Wallace Monument where we learn about the heroic life of William Wallace. The monument sits on the summit of Abbey Craig, where Wallace led his troops to a victory during the Battle of Stirling Bridge. We have the option to climb the 246 steps to the top of the tower, where the surrounding views feature majestic Highland cows. Our next stop is the Glenturret Distillery, home of the Famous Grouse, where we have lunch, a tour, and a tasting. Departing with a beautiful nosing glass gift. En route to Perthshire, we stop at the history-rich Stone of Scone and explore the surrounding town and palace. The night will be spent at the impeccable Kinloch House, where we have dinner at leisure.

Scotland Highlands

Scotland Highlands

Day 4

After breakfast, we depart for Speyside via Cairngorms National Park. The park is considered Scotland’s largest natural habitat and is home to an array of endangered wildlife. Envisage breathtaking scenery teeming with rare plants and animal species. We then take a beautiful drive through Balmoral, where the queen will be residing at the time of this journey, and indulge in a tasting at The Royal Lochnagar or Johnnie Walker Whisky Distillery. Afterwards, we have lunch and the opportunity to meander through the mighty highlands, before another exciting tasting at the Glenlivet Distillery. This tasting provides us with insight into the history behind the range of Glenlivet single malt whiskies and will include tastings of the Glenlivet 21 Archive, XXV and two exclusive single cast editions. We spend the night at Craigellachie and enjoy dinner on the property or in the town.

Speyside Malt Whiskey Trail

Speyside Malt Whiskey Trail

Day 5

After a hearty breakfast, we spend the day exploring the Speyside Whisky Trail. Home to the world’s largest concentration of whiskey distilleries, bottlers, and retailers, the Moray Speyside region boasts picturesque landscapes that will enhance your exciting adventure. Enjoy a VIP tour of the Speyside Coopers where you will witness the lifecycle of the whiskey cast and the coopers at work. Have a hand at this with the mini casks. Capture incredible photographs of the firing and charring of the casks and enjoy a dram of 10-year-old single malt whiskey accompanied by traditional shortbreads and a special gift box. We then experience a world-class nosing and tasting at the Macallan Whisky Distillery, where we become acquainted with the aromas and flavors that set The Macallan apart. The evening will be spent at leisure.

Fort Augustus & Loch Ness

Fort Augustus & Loch Ness

Day 6

After another delectable breakfast, we journey along the coast via Inverness to Fort Augustus, where we delight in an hour-long boat ride on the Loch Ness. Departing from the southern end of the Loch, we behold the Loch Ness in all of its splendor. Experiencing the unique fauna and flora of the area, from the comfort of the boat, will provide you with insight as to how the legend of Nessie came about. With a drink in your hand, enjoy the views of Cherry Island and the striking Fort Augustus Abbey. Prepare yourself for a fascinating narration from our local tour guide and images of the deep waters from our top of the range sonar equipment. After lunch in Fort Augustus, we wind through the breathtaking highlands, along country roads before arriving in the magical Isle of Skye. We spend the night in the capital, Portree, at the Cuillin Hills Hotel, where we enjoy dinner and impeccable hosting.

Isle of Skye & Fairy Pools

Isle of Skye & Fairy Pools

Day 7

After a late start and breakfast, we embark on a half-day tour led by a local guide. Experience true enchantment while gazing up at the 200ft Old Man of Storr, a stone pillar, which sits on the highest point of the inland Trotternish Ridge Amit swirling mist. Behold the largest landslip in Europe that is set in the Quiraing landscape and marvel at the peculiar Kilt Rock formations that have featured in various science-fiction movies. Bask in Jurassic Skye, where dinosaurs roamed 175 million years ago, adorning the beach with their fossils making the coastline an intriguing museum. Wander between countless conical mounds at Fairy Glen, and bask in the mystique of the miniature forest and Faune's maze. Before our evening of leisure, enjoy an optional excursion to the Fairy Pools located on the foothills of the Cuillin Mountains. The clear blue waters that cascade down a series of pools will certainly dazzle you.

Armadale, Mallaig & Glencoe

Armadale, Mallaig & Glencoe

Day 8

This morning we bid Portree farewell and depart south to Armadale. Along the way, we visit Torabhaig Distillery, one of only three distilleries on the island. Since the Excise Act, almost 200 years ago, whiskey has been legally distilled in Scotland where the land, water, and climate contribute to the unique characteristics of the single malt scotch spirit. After a tasting, we take the ferry to Mallaig and embark on another surreal drive across the highlands to Glencoe. Named after the River Coe and descended from volcanic origins, Glencoe is possibly Scotland’s most famous glen. Lying north of the county of Argyll, close to the historic provincial border of Lochaber, Glencoe boasts astonishing scenic beauty and because of this, it is included as a Ben Nevis and Glen Coe National Area. Explore Scotland’s most romantic glen, before dinner at the Isle of Eriska, where we spend the night.

Exploring Oban

Exploring Oban

Day 9

We depart for Oban, renowned for its fresh seafood and countless pursuits. Surrounded by miles of dramatic coastline and stunning countryside, the seaside town derives its name from the Gaelic language and translates to ‘little bay.’ We visit the quaint Oban Distillery; established in 1794, making it one of the oldest in the region. Enjoy a complimentary dram while watching the skilled craftsman at work. Proceeded by a starter of oysters at the Green Shack overlooking the ferry wharf, followed by lunch at Eeusk. Spend the rest of the afternoon, leisurely exploring Oban or its surrounding islands that are a short boat trip away. Your AIV hosts will happily make recommendations, from meandering along the beach to indulging in a chocolate tasting at the famous chocolate factory. In the evening, we celebrate the success of our journey, over a private dinner at the Isle of Eriska.

Farewell or Extend

Farewell or Extend

Day 10

Today, we savor our last cooked breakfast at the Isle of Eriska, before a private transfer takes you to the Edinburgh Airport where you could catch a plane back to your home. Or, why not extend your journey to London or Ireland? Another option could be to have a pre-journey of your own to St Andrew's for the 150th playing of the golf Open Championship. Our knowledgeable travel experts will be willing to assist in any extension of pre-journey requirements that you may have.

Accommodations

The George Edinburgh

The George Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

There’s nothing stuffy about Edinburgh’s oldest hotel; it does classy and contemporary on a grand scale throughout. With a bar and brasserie-style restaurant and impressively up-to-date bedrooms and suites, most of what might have been lost in old-fashioned character is gained in style. Located on Edinburgh’s premier shopping street with restaurants and bars all around. You can walk to most attractions; trams and buses are less than five minutes’ stroll away, and double glazing takes care of any traffic noise. Rooms have castle views – which is perfect for The Military Tattoo fireworks and Fringe Festival. The service is notably...

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Kinloch House

Kinloch House

Perthshire, Scotland

Kinloch House is appealing to anyone who enjoys that ‘home from home’ feeling. This is a special place to relax and enjoy some of Scotland’s wonderful countryside and good cuisine. Local Scottish produce, game, beef, fish, shellfish as well as produce from the garden all feature on the menu. Built in 1840, Kinloch House is a fine example of a traditional Scottish country house. With an oak-paneled hall, staircase, and portrait gallery, the house stands proudly in twenty-five acres of woodland and parkland. Kinloch House offers some of the best luxury rooms and accommodation in Perthshire. Combined with our excellent...

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The Craigellachie Hotel

The Craigellachie Hotel

Speyside, Scotland

The Craigellachie Hotel is located in the heart of Speyside. Home to more than half of Scotland's malt whiskey distilleries, the Speyside Cooperage (a 15-minute walk) reveals how whiskey barrels are created, and the globally renowned Glenfiddich is four miles distance. Onsite is The Quaich bar, with red leather chairs and green velvet sofas, feels like an on-trend members-only club; it’s easy to see why guests like Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, and Noel Gallagher have stayed here. Each room has its own style. Decorated in greens and greys, plaids and tweeds tap into the Scottish location and heritage. Four-poster beds,...

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Cuillin Hills Hotel

Cuillin Hills Hotel

Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Isle of Skye's greatest asset is the natural beauty and unspoiled landscape. This stunning hotel in Portree, on the famous Island of Skye, enjoys some of the finest and most spectacular views from any hotel in Scotland. From the moment you arrive, you cannot fail to appreciate the Highland setting of this hotel. Set within fifteen acres of mature private grounds overlooking Portree Bay with magnificent views over the Sound of Raasay to the Cuillin Mountain range. Priding themselves on being a small family run business they have a strict attention to detail, a caring locally based team, and...

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Isle of Eriska Hotel

Isle of Eriska Hotel

Oban, Scotland

Where James Bond would stay in Scotland: a 19th-century mansion in Scottish baronial style on a private island accessible by a bridge, set amidst glorious west highland scenery. It boasts a highly regarded restaurant, an award-winning spa, and myriad activities spread across 350 acres of grounds. Poised between land and loch, a few miles north of Oban at the mouth of Loch Creran, looking across to the green hills of Appin and the mountains of Morvern. Drawing rooms filled with deep sofas, fireplaces, and books in the imposing granite and red sandstone Big House. Elegant and comfortable without being stuffy,...

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Your Choices

Deluxe Room | Edinburgh
Deluxe Room | Edinburgh
Deluxe Room | Pertshire
Deluxe Room | Pertshire
Deluxe Room | Speyside
Deluxe Room | Speyside
Deluxe Room | Isle of Skye
Deluxe Room | Isle of Skye
Deluxe Room | Oban
Deluxe Room | Oban

Deluxe Package

$5,986/person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

Nights

2 nights in Edinburgh

1 night in Perthshire

2 nights in Speyside

2 nights in the Isle of Skye

2 nights in Oban

Meals

9 traditional breakfasts

5 lunches

6 dinners with wine pairings

Activities

VIP Experience at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Private guided tours of Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, and Oban

Private boat tour of the Loch Ness

Private whiskey tasting and distillery throughout (as listed)

Entry fees and tickets as listed

Extras

Private transfers from and to Edinburgh airport

Services of a journey host as well as professional local guides, and whiskey experts throughout

All taxes

Add-Ons and Extension

Suite | Edinburgh

Suite Upgrade in Edinburgh

$294/person
Upgrade to a lovely junior suite in Edinburgh, at the George.

London Extension

$983/person
Enjoy a fun train ride from Scotland to London, a 3-night stay in a 5-star property of central London, a private walking tour, private transfers and daily breakfasts

What other guests have said

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P. Brandon

The Art in Voyage brands excelled in every category: incredible accommodations (great sheets, fluffy towels, cozy rooms); beautiful public spaces (a spacious dining room, intimate lounge, outdoor decks); amazing cuisine (Chef Dave sourced locally and offered us some of the finest tastes of Scotland); surprising entertainment (a gin tasting with a local, a bagpiper, a Trad/Folk group), and a young crew that was smart, kind, and generous. Your every wish was their command. It’s a lifetime experience that’s not to be missed.

May 2019
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Julie & Greg

The facilities, the excursions, the food were all exceptional ! We’ll definitely experience another Art In Voyage experience and will recommend it to our family and friends.

October 2019
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Good to know

All listed activities are optional in attendance

Our property selection is always subject to change as these are privately owned. In such rare instances, it will be substituted for one of equal or great value offering similar features and amenities.

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged. If you have a particular whiskey distillery that you would like to visit please let us know. We will try our utmost to include it in the itinerary

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with SEVEN CORNERS)

How about extending?

Come early, or leave late. Allow our consultants to customize a pre- or post- extension to your journey.

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All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

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