A Scottish Welcome
On an evening of my tours l do a Scottish Welcome ! for my tourists where we book a nice hotel with good traditional Scottish food, whisky and beer and have the haggis piped in and addressed in real "Robbie Burns" fashion. We will have a guid Scottish evening with nice malts topping it off.!
Although any tours is possible, you may not be able to make a decision. So, to help you out, here are four tour options you may consider
Pick up at hotel head along to Baxters Village and Whisky shop. Then down to Spey Bay Wildlife Centre where you might be lucky enough to see Dolphins , Ospreys and a variety of Sea Birds. Onwards to Cullen along the Buckie coast , magic scenery ! Onwards to Glenglassaugh Distillery for a tasting or tour. After that travel to the lovely coastal village of Pennan where the film Local Hero was shot. The a nice meal on the coast maybe at one of the little fishing village of Portsoy or Findochty or you could try the famous Cullen Skink soup in the town of Cullen which also sits along this picturesque coast.
Pick up Aberdeen airport, first stop Glen Garioch, Oldmeldrum. This is one of the oldest distilleries dating back to 1797. We can stop here for a tour or a tasting. Then lunch at a nice location and then onto Glendronach Huntly, a Victorian malt whisky distillery, with a visitor centre offering guided tours, tastings and a shop. Then afterwards you will be taken to your accommodation in Elgin or surrounding area. And then you may still have time to go to Glen Moray distillery or Gordon Macphail shop in Elgin.
Pick up morning possible tour of Glen Moray distillery then on to the lovely peaceful setting of Pluscarden Abbey then onto Benromach distillery Forres. Then you may want to go to Cawdor Castle and also take in Culloden Battlefield where the last battle on British soil took place between the scotish and the English Then close by is fort George Ardersier built in 1746 and it still servers tge needs of the modern British army . Then head west to Loch Ness and a visit to the Clansman hotel where you can take a boat trip to Urquhart Castle with lunch on the way in a place of your choice. In the evening we can visit the lovely seaside town of Findhorn where you can sample the dish of the day and take in the beautiful sunset.
Pick up at your accommodation. Take a small tour of local distilleries, Linkwood, Miltonduff, Glen Lossie, Glen Elgin, Longmorn, or Benriach. Then journey onto Glen Grant with its lovely gardens then onto Glenfiddich Distillery to take in tour. Then somewhere for lunch and a local beer and then a final tour of Glenfarclas or Aberlour or Macallan to take in a tasting or to take pictures. Afterwards we can take a special trip to the famous Telford Bridge on the river Spey where l will play the Bagpipes with the sound of the river carrying the notes all the way down the Spey. Then we have a competition of the skimming of the stones and who ever achieves the most hits has the honour to buy the first round at the nearest watering hole. We then go onto the Craigellachie hotel or the Highlander Bar or Guvnors favourite the Fiddichside Inn owned and ran by Joe Brandy an interesting character l will also pipe you in from the car park for you to experience a real Scottish entrance into this unique pub with an open fire and a large collection of whiskies and where you can sit and listen to Joe telling his story of living and working in Speyside and of the Whisky distilling industry. Then back to your hotel or if you prefer somewhere for an evening meal.