Aberdeen, affectionately known amongst is residents as The Granite City, is the third most populated city in Scotland, and its international airport is a popular arrival point for tourists wishing to see the Highlands.
We often get enquiries about running tours from Aberdeen, and we are not averse to a wee trip down the road, so we just wanted to write a quick blog on how we suggest this works for whisky tours – an extremely popular choice for obvious reasons!
For one day tours, we suggest that you take the train from either Dyce (near the airport) or central Aberdeen up to Elgin, in the heart of whisky country. The train journey takes just under 1 ½ hours, and costs £20.40 for a return ticket, if booked in advance. Depending on your schedule, we would suggest departing from Aberdeen at 8.21am, ready to start the tour sharp 10am in Elgin.
From the city of Elgin we are just a hop, skip and a jump from some of the most famous distilleries in the world, including Glen Moray, Benromach, Cardhu, Cragganmore, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet – to name but a few! The choice of distilleries is yours, as is the choice of how much sightseeing to do along the way (and believe us when we say that there are a lot of options, as Speyside boasts a host of castles, museums and pictish stones). We can also pay a visit to the Speyside Cooperage – the only working cooperage in Scotland – and, of course, if you want to take home some souvenirs of the liquid variety we can recommend the best shops for a “try before you buy”.
At the end of the day we will drive you back to Elgin, where you can either grab a quick snack or head out for dinner in one of the city’s numerous restaurants, before heading back to Aberdeen on a train at around 6pm (or, if you want to have a few more drams, catch the last train at 10pm).
Alternatively, if you would like to do a two day tour of Aberdeenshire, perhaps incorporating one day of distilleries and another of sightseeing, we are happy to speak to you about the options available.
We look forward to saying Slàinte with you soon!