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Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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icon9 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Treat yourself to a day of whisky appreciation on a full-day tasting trip from Edinburgh. Wind through the Scottish Lowlands to a historic whisky-producing region, and visit Glengoyne Distillery and Deanston Distillery for informative tasting sessions and tours. Discover the centuries-old tradition of Scottish whisky production, view warehouses stocked with aged casks and marvel at the quiet beauty of Loch Lomond.
  • Learn about the history of Scotland and its signature drink on the drive through the Scottish countryside
  • Tour two distilleries and sample expertly aged whisky crafted by the masters
  • Enjoy free time to have lunch and explore Loch Lomond
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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Driver/guide
Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
Small Group Tour (16 people max)
Gratuities
Whisky tastings (Glengoyne and Deanston Distillery)
Meals and refreshments
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Rabbie's Cafe Bar , 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

6 Waterloo Place, EH1 3EG Edinburgh "Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure"

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your full-day tasting excursion sets off from Edinburgh in the morning. Meet your guide in city center and board a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for the drive into the Scottish Lowlands. As you travel west, listen as your guide shares fascinating information about Scotland’s most famous drink—many centuries ago called the ‘water of life’ and used as a health tonic. Hear about the high standard of whisky-production that has made Scotland a premier global producer.

North of Glasgow, stop at Glengoyne Distillery in Dumgoyne. Renowned for its distillation process—one of the slowest in the world—Glengoyne makes a masterful art of whisky-making. Tour the grounds, learn about the complex production process and enjoy samples of rich 12- and 18-year old products.

Then head into Trossachs National Park for a beautiful scenic drive through forest-covered terrain and dramatic mountain peaks. Stop near Loch Lomond for a hearty pub lunch (own expense)—good for balancing out a day of whisky tasting.

Afterward, head to Deanston Distillery, situated in a converted cotton mill on the River Teith. Repurposing the mill’s original hydroelectric generators, Deanston is notably the most environmentally friendly distillery in Scotland. Tour the space and enjoy a fun sensory tasting of two different types of single malt Scotch. Test your tastebuds for hints of lemon zest, nutmeg, barley, toffee, cocoa, and vanilla. Don’t forget to stop by the onsite shop to pick up some of your favorite drink before departing.

Relax on ride head back to Edinburgh, arriving by evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rabbie's Cafe Bar
Meet here for boarding 15 mins before the published departure time.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glengoyne Distillery
You couldn’t imagine a more idyllic distillery. It sits at the foot of a beautiful hill and houses wonderful copper stills.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre
This impressive distillery is the only one in Scotland that produces it’s own electricity.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Loch Lomond
Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Whisky tastings are at your own expense, as there are various price options depending on the day
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • Glengoyne Distillery – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Deanston Distillery - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are tasting fees included in the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Tasting fees are not included in the tour price. Tasting fees range between £10-£30 depending on the distillery.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 18 years old to participate in this tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Discover Malt Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.

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  • "I did however leave this tour with food poisoning so just be careful if you are planning to eat things you don’t normally (like haggis)." See review
  • "We would be keen to join his longer tours next time - highly recommended if you have a full day in Edinburgh!" See review

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star-5
A must, as a destination
Mikhael_H
, May 2022
Graeme, our driver, was amazing. The whole experience was incredible. The lunch at the inn was very tasty too!!!
star-4
Gem of a Guide
Heather_C
, Apr 2022
Dougie is a fantastic guide, as engaging and friendly as he is knowledgeable. He happily told us about local music, history and prehistory. The whiskey stops were good, Glengoyne and Deanston both make good whiskies, though we enjoyed the former more. The time was a bit compressed, just due to the amount of ground we covered... it was a busy day!
star-5
Amazing day full of whiskey!
Amanda_S
, Apr 2022
I took my dad in this tour for his 60th birthday - we came in from NY. All I can say is WOW! We had the best time. Alexander was gracious, kind, knowledgeable, and did an excellent job planning the trip. We had such a fun time and would do it again any day! Highly recommended. Book this tour!
star-5
Ewan the guide/driver was...
Gregor_L
, Jan 2022
Ewan the guide/driver was great! Super accommodating and great stories! Highly recommend. Glengoyne had a great tour, Deanston unfortunately was reduced to a tasting because of the Covid situation.
star-5
My husband and I went...
Becky_F
, Oct 2021
My husband and I went because he loves whisky and we had a great time. The drive was beautiful and our driver knew how to keep us entertained all day. The first distillery was amazing and included a tour and a tasting which was fantastic.
star-5
Awesome Trip!!
Georgina_C
, Aug 2021
Nick our driver & tour guide was top notch amazing, we loved him. He was cheerful, funny, professional and engaging. Nick was very knowledgeable and shared many stories about Scotland with us along with beautiful Scottish music - which we really enjoyed. We stopped for lunch at Loch Lomond at the Oak Tree Inn, the food and service were amazing. The Glengoyne Distillery was beautiful and the staff were professional, it was a nice sit down tasting with lots of interesting information and of course a detailed tour of the distillery. Deanston was a quick stand up tasting that felt rushed, but we are living in unprecedented times with COVID. Driving through the countryside was beautiful and Nick the driver makes plenty of restroom stops and is an excellent driver, the air conditioned bus was perfect for a warm summers day. This is a great trip and we would take it again, well done Viator!!
star-5
Defenately Glengoyne distillery
Chris_Q
, Feb 2020
Had nice breakfast at cafe ,picked up on time great host Al .As natives we still learnt heaps from our historian host ,highly recommend Glengoyne I bought a few bottles ,as for deanston we couldn't taste it as measures tiny ! Needless to say didn't purchase .Excellent lunch in Balmaha.
star-5
Discover malt whisky
carstenruseng
, Feb 2020
Fantastic tour visiting the slowest stills in Scotland at GlenGoyne and a facinating story at Deanston Distillery a former cotton mill. Beautiful scenery at Lock Lomond and lots of good stories and insights from Andy! The tours at the two distilleries were different and complemented each other well.
star-5
Wonderful learning experience with a great guide
William C
, Dec 2019
My wife and I had a great time joining the tour on Dec 20 - warm & welcoming walk-through at the long-standing Glengoyne, very informative behind-the-scene tour at Deanston, quick detour to a nearby castle, casual lunch in a little serene town, and most importantly great time with our friendly guide Grant. He shared lots of history and context for both whisky and Scotland overall, and tips when enjoying whisky. We would be keen to join his longer tours next time - highly recommended if you have a full day in Edinburgh!
star-4
Great Tour, Great Guide
Francine K
, Dec 2019
Great tour, Charlie our guide made the tour even better! True professional, knowledgeable, engaging! The tour was great, only comment is at Deanston we should have had our own tour group. We got there and other folks joined us including several very young children, though cute were distracting. Glengoyne was amazing and the visit to Loch Lomond was fantastic as was the lunch there.

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