This tour is ideal for the avid whisky lover who wants to get up close and personal with the places, people and process that create Scotland’s most famous export! Join Inverness Premier Tours as we visit a selection of the best distilleries the Highlands have to offer.
From Inverness, we first travel a short distance to Tomatin Distillery, once the largest in Scotland, before heading north to the Black Isle and Glen Ord Distillery, which boasts it’s own maltings. Next, we follow the Cromarty towards Dalmore Distillery, tracing its roots to 1263, before moving further north to Balblair Distillery, tucked away on the banks of the Dornoch Firth. Finally, we visit the famous Glenmorangie Distillery, known worldwide as “the vale of tranquillity,” before taking the scenic route back to Inverness.
Tomatin Distillery, a place with its roots deep in the Highland’s history of clandestine whisky production.
Glen Ord Distillery is known as being one of the few remaining that operate their own maltings on-site.
Dalmore Distillery has an impressive pedigree and traces it’s heritage as far back as 1263.
Balblair operates on the principles of tradition, patience and passion.
The distillery has made it’s award-winning single-malt whisky the same way for the past 175 years.
A Note To Remember:
We want you to have the best experience of the Highlands, which is why our tours are flexible and 100% customisable. All of the locations listed on our tours are intended to be optional, and you can choose whether to add, remove or extend locations based on your own personal preference. Contact us if you have any questions or special tour requests.
Pick Up & Drop Off Information
We want you to get the very best out of your tour, which is why all of our tours are flexible, customisable and tailored to you. We don’t rush you along — instead, we always make sure you get to experience your Highland tour on your own terms.
Your friendly local driver and guide Jim will pick you up from your place of stay in Inverness or from a pick-up point that you nominate. There will be plenty of time to discuss the tour, route, and attractions prior to departing.
The tour will last approximately 6 hours, after which you will be dropped off at either your pick-up point or a place in Inverness of your choosing.
Full Tour Description
18 miles south of Inverness and 1000 feet above sea level lies Tomatin Distillery, a place with its roots deep in the Highland’s history of clandestine whisky production. Indeed the name Tomatin translates to “Hill of the Juniper Bush,” Juniper being a favourite of illicit distillers because of it’s smokeless burning properties.
Once Tomatin was the largest distillery in Scotland, with the number of stills reaching 23. Although now overtaken in size, this impressive site nestled in the Monadhliath Mountains has maintained it’s foothold on the international Scotch Whisky market, exporting their signature 12-year-old malt as far as Japan, China and New Zealand.
Glen Ord Distillery
From Tomatin, it’s just a short journey to Muir of Ord and Glen Ord Distillery, set in the picturesque countryside of the Black Isle. The area gets its name from the fertility of the black soil, perfect for growing the barley that goes into Scotland’s most famous export.
Glen Ord Distillery is known as being one of the few remaining that operate their own maltings on-site; even supplying malt to a number of other distilleries.
Stop by for a quick teaser and a taste of the famous Singleton Scotch Whisky, or take your time for a longer tour — just let us know what your preference is.
Moving north over the Cromarty Firth we reach Dalmore Distillery, just outside the town of Alness. Dalmore Distillery has an impressive pedigree and traces it’s heritage as far back as 1263, when the then Chief of Clan Mackenzie is said to have saved King Alexander III from a charging stag — an act that earned the Clan the right to bear the six-pointed stag’s head as their emblem. This emblem is still seen today on Dalmore’s bottles.
Today, Dalmore Distillery is known for using rare casks sourced from the world’s wineries, imbuing their collection with a unique flavour complexity and superior quality. It is well worth spending time to learn more about this working distillery, its unique process and fascinating heritage.
From Dalmore and the shores of the Cromarty, we head further north through dramatic moor and woodland until we reach Balblair Distillery, an award-winning whisky producer on the banks of the Dornoch Firth. Balblair was built on an ancient Pictish gathering place — evidence of this can be seen right on the distillery’s doorstep, where a 4000-year-old standing stone bearing Pictish carvings can be found.
Balblair operates on the principles of tradition, patience and passion. Focusing on craft rather than process, the distillery’s product exhibits its own unique characteristics, embodying the “True Highland Spirit.” Visitors will enjoy exploring the buildings, meeting the makers and enjoying a taste or two of Balblair’s signature whisky. Guests even have the opportunity to fill, seal and cork their very own bottle – taking a bit of that Highland spirit with them.
From Balblair it’s a short journey east, following the Dornoch Firth until we reach Glenmorangie Distillery.
The Distillery is one of the most well-known in Scotland, its’ name famously derived from the Gaelic Gleann Mor na Sith “the vale of tranquillity.” The distillery has made it’s award-winning single-malt whisky the same way for the past 175 years using techniques passed down by the legendary “Men of Tain,” local craftsmen who have dedicated themselves to the craft for generations. Glenmorangie boasts the tallest stills in Scotland, kept in a large room dubbed the “Highland Cathedral.”
Our tour will include access to the distillery and its warehouses as we learn from expert guides about the whisky-making process, who will walk you through the early stages of mashing and fermentation to distilling and maturation. Learn more about what makes the distillery’s flagship whisky special before tasting a dram of the oak-bourbon aged Glenmorangie Original, a perfect finish to our epic Highland Whisky Tour!
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