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Dufftown-Balvenie/Then Oban the next day

We have a 10a-1p tour at the Balvenie Distillery and a 2:00 VIP tour at the Speyside cooperage and are staying at a B and B in Aberlour. Anything else we should/could fit in? No time before the 10 am tour as that is drive time for us. Also dinner recommendation in that area? The next day we travel from Aberlour and have a 3:45 tour at the Oban distillery. Any recommendations of anything that we can fit in during the drive from Aberlour to Oban. Thinking of stopping for lunch at the Glencoe cafe'. What time should we leave the B and B in Aberlour- Google maps says it is 3.5 hours but never having driven the roads and unsure of time for any stops-what do your think?


On your way to Oban, i would recommend stopping off at Fort William to have a look around or a walk on the harbour front. It is a fascinating town steeped in history with an amazing mountain backdrop.

3.5 hours will be accurate as there is never much traffic in Scotland outside of the cities but i would leave plenty of time for stopping in Fort William and Glencoe. As well as this, there will be lots of photo opportunities and if you pack lunch to go, there will be dozens of wonderful viewpoints to stop and have your picnic.

Have an amazing time and do let us know how your find your trip to Scotland!

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Also we love shortbread and know that Walkers are made in Aberlour. Is a stop at the little store worth the time?

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if you are near the shop in A just go in only going to be 10 minutes or so out of your day, the Tour of Aberlour distillery is great.In Aberlour the Mash Tun is a good place to eat and sink a few whiskies.If visiting the Cooperage which is just outside Craigellachie then you have the Craigellachie hotel for food and a vist to their Quaich bar which is quite stunning or the Highlander Hotel bar which does great food and offers a really fine selection of whiskies

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Are reservations needed at Balvenie? We (a group of 4) are planning to be there in early July but aren't sure yet how the day will unfold (heading to a Highland games too). What is the likelihood of showing up and being able to join a tour? Thanks for any advice.