Glencoe, Fort William

Departing from your designated location Settle back and relax as we navigate through some of the most beautiful lochs and hills Scotland has to offer.  We make our way to the historic village of Doune.  The castle here features in Monty Python, Game of Thrones and Outlander.  After Doune castle we drive through the bustling town of Callander which is situated on the River Teith.  After a quick photo stop with the local highland cows you can settle back and relax as we navigate through some of the most beautiful lochs and hills Scotland has to offer, making several short stops for photo opportunities we travel alongside Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn and through Strathyre and Crianlarich before passing Ben More which stands 1,174m high and dominates the village of Crainlarich below.  

Tyndrum is the next stop where there is the opportunity to stretch our legs and take a comfort stop before reaching the viewpoint of Loch Tulla and driving up over Rannoch Moor.  We then descend into the valley of Glen Coe, famous for its majestic mountains and more ominously as the scene of the famous massacre of the Clan MacDonald by the clan Campbell, their arch enemies in 1691.  Glen Coe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland which is why it has been used many times in movies from James Bond to Harry Potter. 

We then make our way along the banks of Loch Leven and Ballachulish before heading north to the town of Fort William which is located on the banks of Loch Eil where we take a short comfort break before heading North West to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Jacobite Steam Train that travels between Mallaig and Fort William… and Harry Potter!

In Fort William there is an hour and a half for you to explore the town and more importantly have lunch whilst taking in the views of Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the UK),  or visiting the Ben Nevis Distillery.  We then travel to the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct and Monument. If timings are correct we should see the steam train travel over the viaduct.  However this cannot be guaranteed. 

 Heading further North, passing Ben Nevis to make a stop at the Commando Memorial which is dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II.

  This marks the start of our return journey along the banks of Loch Laggan before we join the A9 and head south through the heart of Scotland returning you to your hotel with great memories and full cameras!

                    

 

 

 

 

 

Glencoe, Oban & Inveraray

Departing from your designated location we make our way to the historic village of Doune.  The castle here features in Monty Python, Game of Thrones and Outlander.  After Doune castle we drive through the bustling town of Callander which is situated on the River Teith.  After a quick photo stop with the local highland cows you can settle back and relax as we navigate through some of the most beautiful lochs and hills Scotland has to offer, making several short stops for photo opportunities we travel alongside Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn and through Strathyre and Crianlarich before passing Ben More which stands 1,174m high and dominates the village of Crainlarich below.

  

Tyndrum is the next stop where there is the opportunity to stretch our legs and take a comfort stop before reaching the viewpoint of Loch Tulla and driving up over Rannoch Moor.  We then descend into the valley of Glen Coe, famous for its majestic mountains and more ominously as the scene of the famous massacre of the Clan MacDonald by the clan Campbell, their arch enemies in 1691.  Glen Coe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland which is why it has been used many times in movies from James Bond to Harry Potter.

 

We make our way along the banks of Loch Leven and Ballachulish, travelling alongside Loch Linnhe and Castle Stalker before crossing over the Connel Bridge and finally reaching Oban known as the 'Gateway to the Isles'. There is an hour and a half for you to explore the town and more importantly have lunch.  There is much locally sourced seafood at various restaurants or on the pier.  If lunch isn’t your thing you could climb McCaigs tower, which offers great views out to the Isle of Mull or take a tour at the local distillery, Oban. All are within walking distance of the drop off point.

Our journey then continues to the Royal Burgh of Inveraray, via Loch Etive, Glen Etive and Loch Awe. There is a photo stop at Kilchurn Castle shortly before Inveraray where you can visit Inveraray Castle (home of the Duke of Argyll) the Town Jail or simply investigate the village shops whilst taking in the spectacular views, surroundings and the local wildlife.

We depart from Inveraray to start our Journey home and follow the shores of Loch Fyne to the Rest and Be Thankful where there are stunning views of Glen Croe, the Arrochar Alps and along the side of loch long before reaching the final destination of the day- Luss.  This quaint village rests on the banks of Loch Lomond.  Departing from Luss and returning you to your hotel with great memories and full cameras!

Highland Perthshire

Departing from your designated location Settle back and relax as we navigate through some of the most beautiful lochs and hills Scotland has to offer.  Starting the tour heading north to the Fair City of Perth; the city was known as a 'capital' of Scotland during the twelfth century, due to the royal courts.

 

We offer an hour in the city Centre before making our way to Scone Palace, the stately home and coronation site of past Scottish Kings including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce.   Scone Palace Chapel contains the replica Stone of Destiny, the stone was used at the coronation of all Scottish monarchs. 

 

On leaving Scone we follow the river Tay north and into the charming village of Dunkeld, to see the Cathedral before making our way to the local Hermitage where there is a short walk to view the beautifully cascading waterfalls.

 The picturesque Victorian town of Pitlochry is our next stop for an hour and a half.  Pitlochry has many restaurants and cafes for lunch, for shopping on the busy high street, or to visit the Power Station where you will find the salmon observation chamber and fish ladder.

 

 We then travel to the Beautiful Queen's View, with its stunning vista across Loch Tummel to Schiehallion and the mountains of Glencoe in the distance.

  The village of Tummel Bridge and town of Aberfeldy are next where there are additional photo opportunities at the Wade Bridge and Black Watch Memorial.  This leads us through the Sma Glen and the town of Crieff heading south passing Gleneagles Hotel and onto the final stop of the day at Tullibardine Distillery where there are tours and tastings available.

Outlander

Departing from your designated location sit back and relax while we will take you to some of the best known and recognized locations used in the hugely popular Outlander Series.

 

Firstly, we head east to the Royal Burgh of Culross granted its royal status by King James VI, In Outlander.  The mercat cross area becomes the village of Cranesmuir, where Geillis lives, while the garden behind Culross Palace stands in for Claire’s herb garden at Castle Leoch, Well known features of Culross include the 1597 Palace, restored to its original mustard yellow render and wooden shuttered condition And on the hillside above the village are the remains of Culross Abbey.  The 1626 Town House with its 1783 tower is also a showpiece. However, what really sets Culross apart as special is the way such a large part of the village is original, with narrow wynds (including the evocative and probably once descriptive "Stinking Wynd") and stunning buildings. Here you can begin to see what a 16th century village might really have looked like.

Our next stop is Hopetoun House, which features as several locations from the Duke of Sandringham’s stately home, The spare room in Jamie and Claire’s Paris apartment, the Hawkins Estate and the backdrop for Parisian streets.

Our next stop is Hopetoun House, which features as several locations from the Duke of Sandringham’s stately home, The spare room in Jamie and Claire’s Paris apartment, the Hawkins Estate and the backdrop for Parisian streets.

 Hopetoun house lies close to the south shore of the River Forth, set amid well wooded parkland. It stands on ground that is high enough to give magnificent views across the river to Rosyth, and east towards the 2 Forth Road Bridges and the Forth Rail Bridge.

 Midhope Castle, which features as the exterior of Jamie’s beloved Lallybroch Midhope Castle is on a restricted part of the estate, not guaranteed to be open.

Next we travel to the village of Falkland. 

The town substitutes for 1940’s Inverness where Claire & Frank go for their second honeymoon, the covenanter Hotel, which stands in for the cosy Mrs. Baird’s Guesthouse. The Bruce Fountain, where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire’s room. Fayre Earth Gift Shop, which doubles as Farrell’s Hardware and Furniture store. Campbell’s Coffee House and Eatery which becomes Campbell’s Coffee Shop.  There is also Falkland palace a favourite palace with the Stuart monarchs where time will be available to visit.

 

The final location of the day is Doune Castle.

 

The castle is Castle Leoch, home to Colum Mackenzie and his Clan, you can go inside the castle and investigate the rooms and grounds which inspired the set whilst listening to commentary about the castles history including stories from Sam (Jamie Fraser) about filming in the castle.

 

Perthshire Whisky Tour

Departing from your designated location you can chose 3 distilleries within the Perthshire area, each one has their own unique taste, all though the process of the distilling is the same it is how each whisky is produced that gives it its unique taste.  We will stop at each distillery for between 90 and 120 minutes giving you plenty of time to do each tour.

Glenturret Distillery

 The home of The Famous Grouse.  This is Scotland’s oldest working distillery.  There are three tour options are available

  1. The Distillery Experience, Explore Scotland’s oldest distillery with the expert guides including two whisky tastes.
  2. The Tasting Experience, get a real taste for blended whisky or single malts with a guided tour and tasting from the Famous or Finest ranges. Includes a souvenir Glenturret nosing Glass.
  3. Warehouse Experience, Discover the magic of the bonded warehouse with the guided distillery tour and tasting of four premium Glenturret Malts.

Dewar’s World of Whisky

Dewar's Whisky Distillery is the next distillery travelling through to Aberfeldy via the beautiful Sma' Glen to get there. There are Three tours are available during our visit.

  1. Aberfeldy tour, A guided tour of the distillery, discovering how Aberfeldy single malt is created includes a taste in the whisky lounge.
  2. Cask Tasting tour, Aberfeldy Tour plus a taste of an exclusively aged Aberfeldy single malt, from the cask. Complimentary glass.
  3. Connoisseur tour, A full Cask Tasting Tour and an additional portfolio tasting of five fine Scotch Whiskies.

 

Bells Distillery

 Established in 1825 in a small shop in Perth Arthur Bell was trading in Tea and Whisky but only one was pure gold, Arthur Bell defied convention by mixing several fine whiskies to create the now Famous Bells whisky know throughout the world. There are three tours available during our visit.

  1. Standard Tour, A tour of the distillery followed by a taste of the Blair Atholl 12yr old single malt.
  2. Signature Tour, A private tour and tasting of the Blair Atholl 12yr old single malt plus a further 3 single malts.
  3. Allt Dour Tour, A private tour and tutored tasting of the Blair Atholl 12yr old single malt. A cask strength
  4. Blair Atholl (drawn straight from the cask) plus a further four “drams” from the Whisky Treasure Trove.

There are also tasting sessions available here please ask for further details.

 

Edradour Distillery

 Renowned as the smallest and most picturesque in Scotland, established in 1825, the distillery was traditionally run by three men, but now there are just two. Only eighteen casks are produced each week. Edradour is one of the most visited Distilleries for good reason. Visitors see intimately how the making of this handcrafted ‘Water of Life’ remains a living tradition in the twenty first century.

There is only one Tour available here, you will watch a short video whilst tasting 2 Edradour whiskies, then the tour will take you through the cask store, warehouses and still house. There will be time to browse the shop before we leave.

 

Tullibardine Distillery

Tullibardine history of brewing and distilling dates to 1488 when King James IV of Scotland stopped by the site on his way to his coronation to purchase beer from what was then a local brewery nestled in Perthshire’s Ochil Hills. Known for the gold that was once mined from them, the hills lend to Tullibardine’s reputation as

 ‘a drop of pure Highland Gold’ Here there are three tours available.

  1. Classic Tour, a tour taking you through the whisky making process it concludes at the dramming bar with a taste of two single malts.
  2. The whisky and chocolate combines the classic tour with a tasting of 4 single malts including a 25-year-old each of the whiskies will be matched with a chocolate truffle and a Tullibardine gift bag is included.
  3. The bonded tour, a tour that goes into more depth, with an additional visit to the bonded warehouse where you will have the opportunity to nose selected casks.  At the dramming bar you will have a tasting of three single malts including a 20-Year-Old. A Tullibardine gift bag is included.

Deanston Distillery

The Building was originally a cotton mill which first opened its doors in 1785, When the cotton industry declined, the workforce at Deanston Mill gradually decreased before it closed its doors. Rather than signalling the end of an era, this heralded a new beginning, and a new craft, for the local community.

There are 4 tours available,

  1. Deanston Tour, a great introduction to Deanston Distillery and the Highland Single Malt Whisky, you can see how it evolved from an 18th Century cotton mill to a distillery finishing with a dram of 12yr old Highland Single Malt.
  2. Deanston Classic Tour, the as the Deanston tour but with an additional dram of Deanston Virgin Oak.
  3. Deanston Tasting Room Tour, for those seeking something a wee bit different, enjoy a sensory journey through the tutored tasting and the use of the flavor drawers you will explore Deanston’s subtle aromas and flavours, awakening your senses, memories and further enjoyment of whisky.
  4. Whisky & Chocolate Tour, An explosion of flavours awaits you as you try the hand crafted whiskies deliciously paired with the finest handmade chocolates .

Prices are on request and distillery tours have to be pre-booked to ensure entry on the day and for health and safety reasons, the distilleries do not permit children under 12 years old in certain areas of the distillery, note that no-one under the age of 18 is allowed to consume whisky on these visits. 

 

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