Hi All. I'm taking the 10 day best of Scotland tour in May/June. I'd like to stay a few days after the tour ends to visit a few of my favorite scotch distilleries. Do you know of any tour service in Edinburgh that will take me to those spots?
I don't know if the distilleries you particularly want to see are visited, but the well-regarded Rabbies does a number of tours including this one:
If you like/love the Speyside whiskies (we LOVE them), and stay in that area, you can use any one of a number of "whisky taxi" services. You basically hire a driver for the day and they take you to several distilleries. But, you can also reach many of them on your own via train or bus. I strongly recommend including Dalwhinnie distillery. It is the 'highest' distillery in Scotland and their whiskies are at the top of our list of favorites. They do an excellent tour, too.
If you can get over to Glasgow Airport, you can fly Loganair to Islay, hire a car, and visit the eight distilleries on the island. There are no direct flights from Edinburgh to Islay.
Glenfarclas, Glenlochy, Glengarioch, Glenfaul,
I once knew a man who had sampled them all
Glenugie, Glenkinchie, Glenisla, that's plenty
He looked sixty-five, but in fact he was twenty
Actually I believe Loganair are starting a new daily service from EDI-ILY this summer, although the 2-3 daily Glasgow service would give more flexibility..........
As for touring distilleries from Edinburgh, the city isn't really close to any distilleries, or indeed the Highlands particularly, so it's maybe not the best base or starting point to tour them. As a result, I'm not sure many such tours are offered, particularly to specific distilleries. It's probably best to base somewhere else and/or hire a car and DIY.
I just checked out this post because I am trying to figure out the Whisky Bus that I have heard mentioned. As I was poking around on Google today for information I found Wow Scotland Tours. They have a bus tour that starts from Inverness, but it looks like they can help you with a train connection if you are in Glasgow or Edinburgh. I don't have any first-hand knowledge of the service, but thought that could help you find what you are looking for.
No tours to recommend, but I do have some pre-trip reading to recommend. Iain Banks book, Raw Spirit is outstanding. It's about the search for a perfect dram, but much more!
And perhaps a viewing of the Ken Loach movie "The Angel's Share."
Wow great suggestions and help. Thanks all. Keep them coming. So from everyone's input maybe I'll take the train from Edinburg to Glasgow and make that my distillery tour base camp.
If you don't want to take an organized tour and want to DIY without renting a car, you could take a train up to Pitlochry as a day trip. It's a less than 2 hours each way and you can visit Blair Athol (A Diageo owned facility - so more corporate) and Edradour (a much smaller facility and very charming). If you are fit you can walk to both from the train or hire a taxi.