Whisky Trails of Scotland Tour - Best of Scotland in 8 nights

A bucket list trip for the whisky connoisseur to the finest whisky distilleries in Scotland. On this tour we visit Highland and Lowland distilleries including a visit to some of the famous Hebridean distilleries.

When is the best time to visit?

As we often say when it comes to a whisky, 'It is 5 o'clock somewhere!'. Whisky tours can be catered to the whisky fanatic or someone who wishes to get an overall picture of Scottish Whisky. The main touring season is between April & October when the weather is milder. Many hotels only open during this period. It is important to note much of the Highlands is impassable in the Winter due to snow and hurrican like weather.

Day 1 - Welcome to the Highlands.

Day 2 - Guided London Tour

Welcome to Scotland, ideally arriving in Inverness or Aberdeen Airports. Meet and greet in arrivals by your chauffeur driver and transfer to your Inverness Hotel. Enjoy some light sightseeing and adjust to your new timezone.

Tower Bridge Home to the Beefeaters.

STAY - London Central 4 or 5 star options

Today we enjoy a 3 hour private walking tour of London and perhaps watch the changing of the Guard at St James's Palace. The city is yours to explore using our recommendations.

The Iconic Red Phone Box A view to Big Ben.

STAY - London Central 4 or 5 star options

Day 3 - Dover and the Garden of England

Day 4 - Journey to Bath, Stonehenge and the Cotswolds

We enjoy a day tour south through the Garden of England, Canterbury and Leeds Castle to Dover. See the White Cliffs in person and stroll through the old war tunnels at Dover Castle. Return to London that evening.

The Birling Gap The chalk cliffs and Seven Sisters.

Leaving London we travel to the Roman City of Bath through the Cotswolds with options to stop at the World UNESCO Heritage Site at Stonehenge or Highclere Castle.

The Cotswolds A quintessential English village.

STAY - London Central 4 or 5 star options

STAY - No. 15 Great Pulteney or similar, Bath

Day 5 - The Roman City of Bath

Day 6 - Shakespeare Country

Enjoying the Roman City of Bath this morning with a 3 hour private walking tour. Take in the city at your leisure that afternoon perhaps enjoy a spa treatment in the famous Spa or a Pims on the Royal Crescent.

Pulteney Bridge Step across the River Avon.

Today we embark on a journey north to York travelling through the heart of the Cotswolds and into Shakespeare country in Stratford Upon Avon. Visit the playwrights birthplace and his wife Anne Hathaway's Cottage.

Statford Upon Avon Shakespeare's birthplace.

STAY - No. 15 Great Pulteney or similar, Bath

STAY - The Principal Hotel, York  

Day 7 -Yorkshire Moors

Exploring the areas outside York today we travel to the Fortified House of Castle Howard, UNESCO World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley. Arrive back in York in time for a choir service in Bath Minster.

Fountains Abbey A World UNESCO Heritage Site.

Day 8 - The Lake District

Step inside the mind of Beatrix Potter at her Hill Top home and the country of Wordsworth. Visit traditional Lake District towns like Hawkshead, Skipton and Bowness-on-Windermere. Set sail for a scenic boat cruise across Lake Windermere.

The Lake District The Heart of Wordsworth Country.

STAY - The Principal Hotel, York 

STAY - The Principal Hotel, York  

Day 9 - Onwards to Oxford

Departing the north we take a first class train to Oxford, the university town. The 12 steeples can be seen throughout the city and it is no wonder it has been used for many a film from the Italian Job to Harry Potter.

The Bridge of Sighs Oxford University Town.

STAY- Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

Day 10 - Downton Abbey Sites

Spend a day visiting the sites associated with Downton Abbey in the scenic Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Enjoy lunch in the village of Burford, and end the day with a tour of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace and home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Highclere Castle Home to Downton Abbey.

STAY- Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford

Day 11

Depart from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Thank you for using Emerald Custom Tours and we look forward to assisting you with future travels.

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