Whisky Tours Scotland - Scotch Whisky Distillery Tours
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Join us on this magical tour to the land of the faeries passing through some of the most majestic scenery in the whole of Scotland. This is a small group guaranteed tour (no larger than 16 persons).
Pick up from Chamber Street in Edinburgh at 9.30am. We can also organise a pick up in Glasgow enroute (contact us for more information). Places of interest on the journey include: Stirling Castle (from the outside), Glencoe and the famous Eilean Donan Castle where we will stay for a little while as it is the main attraction on this day.
After the visit, we will make our way to the accommodation. We prefer to stay in the Broadford area but Skye books up very quickly so an early booking is advisable.
Depart the accommodation at 8am and making our way to Portree to see the Old Man of Storr followed by Lealt Falls and Kilt Rock. We can then make our way to the west of the island in time for lunch near the Talisker Distillery.
Afterwards we will go back stopping at the Fairy Pools where we can spend another 1 hour - 2 hours depending on the weather. This will be a long day however, it will be broken up with walks and attractions. I have left this day open to what you would like to see on the day and as it’s private, we would be flexible according to weather and how the group feels on the day. The mentioned stops will allow you to see quite a lot of Skye in a short period of time. Duntelm Castle is a ruin as you carry on to the North of the island. If the timings and weather permits, we can also visit here.
Day 3 -
Depart Skye at 8am and make way for Edinburgh passing Loch Ness, Inverness and Aviemore in the Cairngorms. We can stop at Pitlochry in Perthshire for a visit to Eradour Distillery. We will drop you off at Fonab Castle. Places of interest include: Culloden Battlefield and the Clava Cairns outside Inverness, the Ruthven Barracks near Kingussie. (These stops are just photographic opportunities to break up the journey and we would not expect to spend a great deal of time at each) Depending again on the roads will indicate whether we will have enough time to visit Urquhart Castle. To fully experience the castle, you would need at least 1 hour. We can decide this on the day as we will need to be at Pitlochry at a reasonable hour to make the Eradour Distillery in enough time. * If there is time, we can also visit Urquhart Castle. We would have to stay here for 1 hour as it is a large site and if there looks to be any trouble on the roads, we will have to miss it out. Accommodation for the 1 night (3rd October): Fonab Castle - Pitlochry Day 4 - 4th October 2017 Depart from the hotel early in the morning to make your way back for the airport. End
Scottish Whisky, castles, Sea Lochs and ancient kingdoms Tour
7 day sailing tour, in a private sailing yacht with skipper and hostess
5 Days on a yacht on the West Coast of Scotland visiting the Island on the West Coast of Scotland as well as Whisky Distilleries and a canal.
2 Days by road visiting amazing places such as Glencoe, Loch Lomond, The Drovers Inn, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Vaults and more.
Pickup from airport or accommodation with complimentary transfer to Largs Marina where the yacht is berthed.
In the afternoon we depart from Largs yacht haven (35 minutes transfer from Glasgow airport) and sail to Rothesay on the nearby island of Bute. Dinner ashore in a local restaurant.
Visit historic Rothesay castle or Mount Stuart House, then sail through the stunningly beautiful Kyles of Bute to Loch Ranza, landing there to visit the famous Arran Distillery. Take a tour of the distillery, then sail north to the iconic Scottish west coast fishing village of Tarbert, dining ashore in one of Scotland’s finest seafood restaurants, Starfish.
Sail up loch Fyne to Ardrishaig and the start of the Crinan Canal. Described as Britain’s most beautiful shortcut, built over 200 years ago. We navigate its locks as far as the pretty village of Cairnbaan, mooring there for the night and dining ashore at the Cairnbaan Hotel – again, well known for its local seafood.
Your yacht completes its transit of the Crinan Canal, while our guests spend a few hours ashore visiting Dunadd hill fort, considered the foundation stone of the Kingdom of the Scots. Place your foot in the footprint carved into the rock, an ancient symbol of the union of the king with his land. Re-board the yacht at Crinan, then lock out of the Canal. Depending on the weather and tides, your skipper will then either
- sail out with you to visit the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool – the 3rd largest in the world - returning to Crinan overnight to dine in the rightly-famous Crinan Hotel; or
- sail south to Jura, mooring in Craighouse bay and guiding you ashore to visit the Isle of Jura distillery, later enjoying a casual meal in the Jura Hotel.
Set sail north through more stunning Hebridean scenery to the west highland capital of Oban, mooring overnight at the Oban marina. Dine ashore at one of Oban’s many fine restaurants, then a final night aboard the yacht before being collected in the morning by Slainte Scotland Tours.
Morning pickup by Slainte Scotland for a tour.
First stop is Oban Distillery for a tour and coffee. The tour then sets off to Glencoe, one of the most scenic routes in Scotland. We make our way to the Drovers Inn (pub of the year 1705) for lunch before we hug the western shores of Loch Lomond back to your accommodation.
Pickup from accommodation and depart for Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Vaults, Royal Mile and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Lunch at Deacon Brodies. Dropoff at accommodation or airport as required.
Up to 4 £6050
Up to 6 £7050
Complimentary Airport Transfers
Skipper & hostess
Diesel and gas
Crinan canal fees
Tea, coffee, breakfasts, and light lunches aboard the yacht
Bedding and towels aboard the yacht
Water and snacks on road journeys
Optionals and extras:
£45 Hire of sailing jacket, trousers & boots – per person
£4.50 Entry to Rothesay Castle – per person
£30 Taxi to and from Mountstuart for 4
£11.50 Entry to Mountstuart and tour – per person
£7.50 Tour Lochranza distillery – per person
£150 Hire of bus and driver/guide to visit Dunadd (c 5 miles from the canal)
£Free Jura distillery tour
£? Dinner ashore each evening
£? Accommodation overnight on day 6
The purchase of visitor or temporary passes will make your visits to attractions easier and cheaper. These can be obtained from Historic Scotland, National Trust for Scotland and Visit Britain. You can view these yourself and we are happy to advise closer to the time. They are planning new passes in year 2016 and they have not yet been defined. Full information might be possible closer to the time.
Important Notes on the Tour, please read:
This tour involves yachts and open water. By its very nature this tour has higher risk factor and is more demanding than most land based tours. Anyone joining us on this tour accepts the higher risks, the needs to be fairly mobile and fit and understand that you will be sleeping most nights in a yacht. The accommodation in the yacht is similar to that of a medium-sized caravan.
Guests are asked to bear in mind that as storage space is limited on a sailing yacht, they should limit the amount of luggage they each bring aboard, to one soft kitbag type holdall per person. Slainte Scotland will if need be retain other items of luggage for you while you are on board the yacht, and return those to you at the end of the sailing tour.
For your safety and enjoyment we also need to add the following conditions:
- On the yacht the skipper has the final say
- The tour may have to change at any time due to weather and sea circumstances
- Behaviour at sea and on boarding the yacht will be evaluated by the skipper continuously. The skipper has the discretion to not allow unacceptable or dangerous behaviour and may stop the tour if he fears for the safety of the guests, crew or any bystanders.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SKIPPERED CHARTERS AND YACHT TOURS
1. A non-refundable deposit of 20% is payable to Slainte Scotland (Clyde Coast Tourism Ltd) on booking the tour. The booking is not confirmed until the booking deposit has been paid.
2. The balance of the tour fee must be paid to Slainte Scotland (Clyde Coast Tourism Ltd) 28 days before the tour is due to commence. If the tour is booked within one calendar month of the start of the tour period, the full amount of the tour fee is due with the booking. To cancel, written notice must be received at least 60 days before the tour otherwise the full balance of the fee remains payable.
3. No age limit is rigidly imposed, however guests should satisfy themselves that they and those they intend to sail on the yacht during their tour (the "charter party") are all reasonably fit and likely to be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of being on a sailing yacht at sea (tight and steep stairs, smaller bunks, low doorways, floors slippery when wet).
4. The yachts are provided with full safety gear as specified by the MCA, including liferafts, flares, harness lines and adult-sized lifejackets. Should however the charter party include children for whom adult-sized lifejackets would be too large, then it will be the guests' responsibility to ensure that those children are each provided with - and required to wear at all times when on the yacht - suitably sized lifejackets or buoyancy aids. Waterproof sailing clothing is not provided with the yacht but may be hired separately.
5. The guests are deemed to understand and accept that sailing can be dangerous and has certain inherent risks, including the risk of injury or death.
6. The yachts are fully insured against accidents and carry third party liability insurance, but responsibility is not accepted for any personal accidents, damage or losses that are due to the negligence of members of the charter party. Any unnecessary damage and/or losses attributed by the skipper to carelessness on the part of members of the charter party will be charged at replacement price; and if not paid by them then recovered from the guests, who are in any event strongly recommended to arrange appropriate insurance cover for cancellation, injury and personal liability. For some skippered charters a refundable security deposit may also be payable by the guests; deductions may be made from this deposit, to allow full or partial recovery of any such damage and/or losses.
7. Damage to a charter party member’s personal property during the charter will not be the responsibility of Slainte Scotland (Clyde Coast Tourism Ltd), or the yacht owner, or their servants or agents. Nor will Slainte Scotland (Clyde Coast Tourism Ltd), the yacht owner or their servants or agents be liable for any other loss, injury or damage which may arise as a result of the normally accepted risks of sailing in a small yacht.
8. The tour charter contract will be subject to the Law of Scotland.
The Crinan Canal Pictures were taken from Wikipedia and can be found here:
Crinan Canal on WikiPedia
Slainte Scotland Tours Introduce:
Scotland Outlander Inspired Tour with Special Guests!
(This includes transport from Blackpool to Glasgow)
Representation of where we will be travelling.
Price: £575 per person. (up to 30 persons on this tour). This includes guided transport, bottled water, entrance fees and snacks. It excludes meals and accommodation.
Dates: 28th August 2017 - 1st September 2017.
Please note that this tour is from Glasgow on every day of the trip. Accommodation is not included in the price.
Why Choose This Tour:
Apart from the fact that we have some fantastic guests on each touring day of this trip, our company is run by fans of the show and books. Catriona Stevenson, who will be your guide for the duration, has been leading Outlander tours for nearly 2 years and was a supporting actor in season 2.
She was also lucky enough to be a part of a behind the scenes studio tour and although there will be no spoilers, she has held the Duke of Sandringham’s head in her hands and not to mention Sam’s and Tobias’s swords.
You will also not have to worry about getting transportation from Blackpool to Glasgow.
Highlights of the Outlander inspired tour:
Àdhamh Ó Broin
3 of the men from Paca
Scott Kyle and Fraser Murdoch
Places We Visit:
Blackness Castle (Fort William)
Midhope Castle (Lallybroch)
Auchindrain Highland farm Township
And Much More!!!
Q & A's
Q: How many people are on this tour?
A: There is a maximum of 30 persons on this tour.
Q: Is accommodation in Glasgow included?
A: No, accommodation is not included, we feel it makes it easier for people to book their own accommodation and to a suitable budget.
An amazing 7 day whisky tour by yacht on the West Coast of Scotland. This is a great tour for people who love to be on the sea and who love whisky. The tour takes you on an amazing voyage and you are bound to see a lot of marine life, spectacular scenic beauty and some great sailing. To top this exerience you will visit a number of distilleries and Islands. A truly remarkable whisky tour your!
Whisky by water tour Itinerary
We set out from Largs Marina aiming for Ardrishaig, the eastern gateway of the Crinan Canal. Our course takes us around the south point of Bute and then heads northwards into Loch Fyne, past Tarbert and on to the Ardrishaig Sea Lock. We pass through the first few locks before stopping at Cairnbaan for the night to enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Coffee and french toast in the cockpit whilst waiting for the Cairnbaan road bridge to be opened, then on through the remaining locks, passing pretty cottages, wild flowers and waving to passers-by on the tow path before being lowered into the colourful Crinan Basin with its array of vessels and ‘wee lighthouse’. A favourable tide and handy north-westerly should allow us to set course for Craighouse, home to our first distillery on the Isle of Jura. By early evening we sail into the bay and pick up a mooring for the night, looking forward to our trip ashore in the morning.
Having enjoyed our tour of the distillery and sampled the local delights it is time to leave Craighouse and plot a course to Islay. It might be blowing quite fresh breeze from the northwest and we make our way down the Sound of Jura, navigating outside the Ardbeg islands while catching tantalising views of 3 more distilleries between the rocky outcrops. We head for Port Ellen towards the southern end of the island, where we berth in its small marina and enjoy a hot shower.
We awoke to the light drumming of rain on the coach roof so lingered over breakfast in the hope it would dry up before we ventured ashore. Luck was on our side so we hired a couple of bikes then pedalled up the winding coastal road to Ardbeg distillery. Before long we could see the iconic rooftops of the distillery and were soon sampling some of its delights. On the way back to the boat we got another distillery under our belts, this time Lagavulin where we enjoyed the tour and another wee taster. The evening was spent enjoying a meal ashore and trying one or two other malts from some of the many other Islay distilleries which we hadn’t quite managed to visit that day!
After checking weather and tides, it was time to leave Islay and punch our way towards the Mull of Kintyre and on to our next stop at Campbeltown. Passing inside Sanda island we can be treated to an impressive display of diving gannets, later possibly spotting some porpoises just off the entrance to Campbeltown Loch. Once at the head of the loch we berthed in the marina before heading ashore for dinner.
Suitably refreshed after a good night’s sleep we head to Springbank, distillery number 4. After our tour we topup on more solid supplies before motoring back down the loch and out into a sparkling Kilbrannan sound. Heading north, our next anchorage is Lochranza on the Isle of Arran.
On our final day we go ashore to visit the Isle of Arran distillery. Lunch aboard under the dramatic Arran skyline before setting a course for home. We arrive back at Largs in the early evening with just enough energy left to pack up our gear and tidy the boat. At this point our charter clients would perhaps enjoy their last crew meal together before handing the yacht back the following morning, but for us it was fish & chips then home to curl up on the couch with a wee dram and thank our charterers for coming up with such a great cruise – Cheers!
This tour is run by SailAway Scotland. Please follow this link to see more:
Sailaway Scotland Yacht Charter Ltd