|Telford Bridge Craigellachie|
I would collect you from your accommodation at 09.30am. This is enough time to get to the distillery for 10.00am. If you wanted to tour around the area a little and get your bearings prior to the distillery tour then we would start a little earlier at 9.00am.
Then the production tour through the distillery and you end up in Warehouse No1 where you’ll get six drams to nose & taste: New spirit, 10y, 16y Sherry cask strength, 16y Bourbon cask strength, 16y and the A'bunadh. Also the opportunity as I said to fill a bottle from the Sherry or Bourbon casks at £65 - well worth it and very exclusive. There is a maximum of 16 people max per tour and only two tours a day, so very small and sometimes it can be less than 16 if you’re lucky at certain times of the year.
OR if you are feeling up to it and the weather is favourable we could travel up to the Dufftown area and take in a ruined castle which has been abandoned for over 280 years. This involves a wee walk which makes for great views, weather permitting. Arriving back in Craigellachie at 17:00-17:30.
Day 2Today a visit to the Speyside Cooperage where you'll see the Coopers at work refurbishing casks and learn how important this industry is to the area. Afterwards we can go to The Macallan distillery for 11am "Precious Tour" This tour is for the avid Macallan fan - no more than 10 people on the tour. The approximately 1 ½ hour tour covers the full production process, a visit to a traditional warehouse with its exhibition about oak and its importance to the maturation process, with the opportunity to nose a rare Macallan from a wonderful cask filled in 1970s. The tour concludes with a nosing & tasting in the sampling room where you will enjoy 5 different classic Macallans,
|Macallan Sample Room|
Time for lunch!
We could travel up to the remote Glenlivet area and perhaps have lunch at a country house hotel en route in Archiestown. If you appreciate good food and wine in a lovely atmosphere then this is that place, Alan & Jane are the owners.
|The Archiestown Hotel|
|River Spey at Macallan|
I know this area very well and often hike to the more remote parts; if you can spare the time I think you’d really enjoy this part of Speyside. There are some shorter walks we can do if you can’t spend the time that would be needed to venture further into the glens.
If you’re a real whisky fan you might like the following idea for touring around the local area passing many distilleries along the way. Now the problem is that most distilleries aren’t open for visitors! Out of fifty six or so Speyside distilleries, only about a third of them are regularly open for visitors. So getting a taste or a look around inside isn’t possible. As we travel around I’ll stop at some of the distilleries locations and whilst we admire the outside I can tell you a bit about the history of the distillery and of course we can talk about what it produces!
|Whisky Shop Dufftown|
If you want to buy some whisky to take or send home, at the end of our day or days out we'll call in at my local ‘independent whisky shop’. They have one of the largest selections of Whisky that you'll find anywhere and Mike will be there to help you choose and answer any questions that I’ve not answered already. If this is something you would like to do please let me know in advance so I can incorporate a visit into your itinerary.
|Glenlivet on The Livet|
Passing through the lovely scenery that Speyside has to offer, there are many routes we can take. Some of which include side glens such as Avon side, stopping as and when you feel like to admire various sights along the way. We would aim to arrive back at your accommodation at approximately 17:30-18:00.
You may feel that you want to extend the day a little, as some people find that when they are actually here they feel they would like to make the most of their short time in the area. I can let you know any extra cost on the day if you decide you wanted to do this.
|The Convals above Craigellachie|
Collect you from Craigellachie trip based on the above.
My total time estimated 18 hours and my mileage 130 miles. Spread over two days.
- Estimated cost for the 2 days will be £650 for the trip whether there are 2 or up to maximum of 6 people.
- Add £75 per person to include the 2 distilleries and tastings, The Speyside Cooperage and the castle.
We must also keep in mind that the fuel costs in the UK could well go up more than I’ve estimated for 2012. I will of course let you know as time goes on, if there are any changes to mileage costs etc.
It can be very easy to clock up the country miles in Speyside but I can assure you time passes too quickly when everything is new to you. I’ve allowed 130 miles for the vehicle in total although you wont be travelling quite that many tour miles, probably around 90 tour miles over the two days. We will stop as much as possible en-route to look at anything you want and take pictures of course.