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Scottish Whisky Tour (Self Drive)
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3 Star
7 night(s) from  R9728 pps  book now
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Description


Day 1 :
Glasgow
Arrive into Glasgow or Edinburgh airport and collect your car. Drive the short distance to your accommodation outside of Glasgow to check in. You may choose to explore Glasgow on an open top bus, or maybe you would prefer to see Scotland’s largest city from the comfort of a red Routemaster bus while enjoying Afternoon Tea? The local beer is brewed near the historic cathedral precinct, and you can sample some on a tour of the Tennent’s Brewery, home to more than 450 years of brewing tradition and award winning beers.
Overnight: Glasgow area

Day 2 :
Isle of Islay
Depart your hotel this morning to drive via Inverarary with its stunning castle, to Kennacraig to catch your ferry to the isle of Islay, one of the most famous whisky areas of Scotland. It is believed that Irish monks introduced distillation to Islay in the 14th century, as Islay was the perfect location for distillation due to its fertile ground for growing barley, with excellent pure water sources and plenty of peat. The peat makes Islay single malt whiskies some of the strongest flavoured of all malt whiskies. You will find the stronger flavours at the distilleries located in the south of the island, for example at Laphroig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg, and the slightly milder whiskies in the north, at distilleries like Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain, and Bowmore which is located in the middle of the island. Several of the distilleries welcome visitors, and depending on your ferry times you should have the time to visit a distillery this afternoon or the following morning. Check into your next overnight on Islay.
Overnight: Islay area

Day 3 :
Oban
You may have the time to visit an Islay distillery this morning, before catching a ferry back to the mainland. Drive north along the scenic west coast of Scotland to Oban, one of the biggest ferry ports in Scotland. The local distillery is located in central Oban, and is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, founded in 1794. The tour of the distillery finishes with a sample of their 14 year old single malt with some crystallized ginger – a taste sensation! You will also have the time to explore Oban, with its many shops, pubs and restaurants. In the evening, make sure to sample the local seafood, freshly caught just off the coast of Scotland.
Overnight: Oban area

Day 4 :
Loch Ness
Today you will drive from Oban to the Speyside region of Scotland, via the most famous loch in Scotland – Loch Ness. You may choose to visit Oban Distillery this morning, before heading up along the coast, driving through Fort William to Spean Bridge where you can stop to visit their woollen mill. At Fort Augustus you will get your first glimpse of Loch Ness, and if you feel adventurous you can take a cruise on the loch to look out for Nessie, the legendary monster. For stunning views, stop to visit Urquhart Castle which is a ruined castle on the shores of Loch Ness. Drive through Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, on your way to your hotel or B&B in the Speyside region of Scotland.
Overnight: Speyside area

Day 5 :
Speyside
Today you will get the chance to visit the distilleries behind the world’s most famous, and some would say finest malt whiskies. Speyside is a must visit destination for any whisky lover, and this is where you find Glenfiddich, Macallan, The Glenlivet and many more famous distilleries along the river Spey. In addition to a distillery, you may also want to include a visit to the Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in Britain where you can experience the ancient art of producing whisky casks from oak. You can also stop at Dean’s of Huntly to experience how shortbread is made and sample some of this local delicacy with a cup of tea or coffee. Speyside is also beautiful scenery, historic castles, picturesque villages and towns, so you will not be stuck for things to do.
Overnight: Speyside area

Day 6 :
Pitlochry – Edinburgh
Depart Speyside this morning, and start your drive south to Edinburgh. Along the way you can stop to visit one of the many castles in the area, such as Blair Castle, or stop to explore villages and towns like Pitlochry and Dunkeld. Why not stop near Pitlochry to sample local chocolate at an artisan chocolatier. On your way to Edinburgh you may choose to head east to St Andrews, the home of golf, and explore this beautiful university town on foot. There is also the opportunity to sample some local cheese at St Andrews Cheese Farm. Continue south across the Queensferry Crossing to Edinburgh.
Overnight: Edinburgh area

Day 7 :
Edinburgh
Welcome to Edinburgh! Spend the day soaking up the atmosphere of this exciting city. An open top bus tour is a great way to explore the city, and you may also want to visit some of its many attractions such as famous Edinburgh Castle. At the top of the Royal Mile you can stop to visit the Scotch Whisky Experience where you will learn even more about Scotland’s different whiskies, including blended whisky. Or why not visit Edinburgh Gin Distillery, to find out more about the most British of drinks. You may want to join a food walking tour of Edinburgh, to sample some local delicacies, and many of the cozy pubs serve a wide selection of whisky – Slainte Mhath!
Overnight: Edinburgh area

Day 8 :
Return to Edinburgh Airport and take your flight home.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • 7 full Scottish breakfasts
  • 7 days car hire in a small economy car (Fiat 500 or similar) including sales tax, liability insurance, collision damage and theft cover and unlimited kilometers

Hotel Description


Hotels in this package are subject to availability and exact properties will be confirmed once the package is booked.

Dates


1 - 30 April 2019
Last date to purchase:  10 March 2019

1 - 31 May 2019
Last date to purchase:  10 April 2019

1 - 30 June 2019
Last date to purchase:  10 May 2019

Basic Conditions

  • Pricing excludes international and domestic flights unless otherwise stated in package inclusions.
  • All travel offers are capacity controlled and are thus subject to availability at the time of reservation.
  • Prices advertised exclude all services not mentioned in the inclusions.
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  • Passport & visa costs (if applicable) & items of a personal nature are also not included in the advertised price, unless otherwise stated.
  • Prices advertised are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and changes in the current rate of exchange.
  • All travel offers are governed by specific terms and conditions of sale, which include advance purchase restrictions, minimum stay requirements, block-out travel periods and peak season surcharges.
  • Booking, change and cancellation conditions apply.
  • All advertised prices are on a per person sharing basis unless otherwise specified.
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  • Prices advertised are correct at time of publishing and subject to increase or decrease should the currency fluctuate or tariffs alter.
  • Extra nights may be required at passenger expense due to flight schedules.
  • Travel insurance is not included in the advertised price but is highly recommended.
  • All advertised prices for the travel offers vary by date, departure city and availability.
  • Package price is based on two people sharing.
  • Refuelling costs may be charged on return of the car.  These charges are excluded from and in addition to the vehicle rental cost.
  • Following an investigation by the vehicle rental company, in the event of an incident excesses relating to LDW Insurance (Loss Damage Waiver) / CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) insurance may still be payable.  Charge of these excesses is at the discretion of the vehicle rental company.
  • An authorization for a deposit to the value of the LDW/CDW excess will be obtained from the driver’s credit card upon collection of the vehicle.  This amount is released upon return of the vehicle under the condition that is in the same condition as at the time of collection.  Sufficient credit must be available on the driver’s credit card/s to allow for the deposit to be authorized or the hiring company will not lease the vehicle despite pre-payment of the rental fees.
  • In cases where TP Insurance (Theft Protection) is included, an excess will still be charged in the event of theft or attempted theft.
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  • One-way hires incur a one-way drop off fee of up to but not limited to USD350.  This amount is capacity controlled and charged at the drop-off point directly by the car hire company.