1. Tomatin Distillery
Our first stop is at Highland single malt whisky producer; Tomatin Distillery
2. Glenlivet Distillery
Next up, Glenlivet Distillery is a must-see for many of our guests.
3. Glenfarclas Distillery
We enjoy a unique experience offered only to friends of WOW.
4. The Speyside Cooperage
Our tour of the cooperage is always an unexpected highlight.
5. Macallan Distillery
Our final distillery stop is the birthplace of every bottle of Macallan where we will get a WOW exclusive experience including a tutored tasting of three whiskies!
Free Whisky Glass
Exclusive to our Whisky tours is a souvenir glass that’s yours to keep as a thank-you for booking directly with us
When you book onto the Whisky Tour you are booking the following:
Unique tours and tasting experiences which are only available to WOW Scotland
Tastings of at least 9 drams!
Highly-rated WOW Scotland tour guide to entertain and look after you on your journey
Well-appointed coach featuring reclining seats, AC, USB ports and WiFi
5 Star VisitScotland-rated tour company
Number 1 Inverness tour company, with a 5 star-rating, on TripAdvisor
A company you can trust; member of both VisitScotland and Visit Loch Ness
Here at WOW Scotland we only have two coaches, both of which were built to our precise specifications, to ensure the highest levels of passenger comfort. The vehicles have 30-seats and are very well-appointed with panoramic windows, comfortable reclining seats, USB ports under every seat and on-board WiFi. You can rest assured that you will be able to relax and enjoy the majestic scenery in complete comfort. You can read more about our coaches here.
We pick-up from Stance 7 at Inverness Bus Station, Margaret Street, Inverness, IV1 1LT. Look out for the kilted WOW guide and WOW-branded coach and you won’t miss us!
Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 18, as some of the distilleries are unable to accommodate children on their tours. If an adult in your party is willing to look after the children at the experiences/tastings they are unable to participate in then it may be possible for children to join the tour in some cases, but only if they are over the age of 6. Please contact us to discuss this.
For our Whisky Tour and Whisky & Castle Tour we can offer pick-up from Carrbridge Train Station, for those travelling by train from Edinburgh or Glasgow. The pick-up is at around 1050 (to meet the train arriving at 0957). You must inform us if you want to do take this option, as we will not stop in Carrbridge otherwise.
We can also drop you off in Carrbridge at the end of the day, to get the 1916 train back to Edinburgh/Glasgow.
Note that you will miss Tomatin Distillery if you take this option.
This tour departs promptly at 8.30am (0830). Please ensure that you are ready to board the bus at 8.20am as we will leave promptly at 8.30am, and are unable to wait for any latecomers! The tour will return to Inverness city centre at approximately 6.45pm (1845). Tt is possible that we may return a bit later than this although we always try to keep to our schedule as much as possible.
We will take orders on the coach for a sandwich lunch from The Glenlivet Distillery. The lunch offers really good value at £7 for your choice of sandwich, soft drink, crisps, fruit and a chocolate bar. Please bring cash as lunch cannot be paid for by card.
To see the full menu please click here to go to the Whisky Tour lunch menu page.
There are coffee shops at Glenlivet and at the Speyside Cooperage, where you can pick-up snacks and tea/coffee. If you don’t wish to waste valuable malt tasting time then please feel free to bring refreshments with you on the coach.
Every distillery we visit has a shop selling their own whisky, plus a range of souvenirs, so we would definitely encourage you to buy your whisky enroute (just make sure you check your country’s rules regarding duty free, as you may well be limited to taking one or two bottles home!). We don’t stop at any other shops along the way.
Yes! We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website. We are confident that we do this, and are proud to have been awarded a coveted 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 for providing “exceptional” tours.
Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor (as of October 2019 we had 1690 5 star reviews) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 tour company in Inverness (out of a staggering 94!).
For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the Federation of Small Businesses and local tourism body; Visit Inverness Loch Ness.
Payments are taken through our secure online booking system, which utilises both PayPal and Stripe. These accept almost any debit and credit card, including American Express (we cannot accept Diner’s Card or Discover).
Our terms and conditions can be found here. You’ll find a general overview of our cancellation terms in this FAQ section if you don’t want to read though all the T&Cs!
Due to high demand for our tours, we are unable to secure your booking unless you pay the full amount in advance. That being said, you are welcome to come to the bus stop in the morning and, if there are places available, you can join the tour and book/pay online on our website.
Yes, if you book onto one of our tours then we will run this tour, regardless if anyone else has booked on or not!
The only reason we would require to cancel a tour would be if the weather forecast was so bad that we or one of our suppliers (e.g. the ferry operators for our Orkney Tour) considered it dangerous to travel. However, this is extremely unlikely, and we would do our utmost to accommodate you either on on an alternative tour that day, or on an alternative date.
For groups of 10+ please contact us for preferential pricing.
Yes, and our cancellation terms for the Isle of Skye Tour, Skye Fairy Pools Tour, Whisky Tour and Whisky & Castle Tour are as follows;
- If you cancel your tour at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled departure then we will refund you in full (note that any fees paid for seat upgrades are non-refundable)
- If you cancel within 72 hours of the scheduled departure you will not be entitled to a refund. However, if we are able to re-sell your place then we will be able to issue a partial refund, so please let us know if you need to cancel, no matter how last minute it is.
Our cancellation terms for the Orkney Day Tour are as follows;
- If you cancel your tour at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure then we will refund you in full (note that any fees paid for seat upgrades are non-refundable)
- If you cancel within 7 days of the scheduled departure you will not be entitled to a refund. However, if we are able to re-sell your place then we will be able to issue a partial refund, so please let us know if you need to cancel, no matter how last minute it is.
Unfortunately we cannot make exceptions to these rules, as it would be unfair to treat customers differently.
We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website. We are confident that we do this, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 for providing “exceptional” tours.
Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor as of November 2019 1680 out of 1760 reviews i.e. 95% rate us as excellent) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 tour operator in Inverness (out of a staggering 94!).
For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the Federation of Small Businesses and local tourism body; Visit Inverness Loch Ness
Absolutely. Rose Street car park is right next to the tour pick-up point and you can find further information on parking here.
If you would like to go on the Isle of Skye Tour, Speyside Whisky Tour or Whisky & Castle Tour then yes, absolutely! There is a train regular train service running between Dingwall, Conon Bridge, Muir of Ord, Beauly and Inverness, which allows you to get to Inverness in time departure time, then get back again in the evening. For more details, click here
If you would like to go on the Skye Fairy Pools Tour (0745 departure) or Orkney Day Tour (0530 departure) you will not be able to get public transport from these outlying towns to Inverness early enough in the morning, as the first train arrives at 0743.
If you would like to go on the Isle of Skye Tour, Speyside Whisky Tour or Whisky Castle Tour then yes, absolutely! There is a train regular train service running between Elgin, Forres, Nairn and Inverness, which allows you to get to Inverness in time for the tour departure, then get back again in the evening. For more details, please click here
If you would like to go on the Skye Fairy Pools Tour (0745 departure) or Orkney Day Tour (0530 departure) you will not be able to get public transport from outlying towns to Inverness early enough in the morning, as the first train arrives at 0748.
Unfortunately there is no public transport from Edinburgh or Glasgow which will allow you to arrive in Inverness before the tours depart, so for all tours you would require to arrive the night before.
If you are interested in the Isle of Skye Tour, Whisky Tour or Whisky & Castle Tour you will be able to get a train back at the end of the day as the last train to Glasgow and Edinburgh is at 2017. If you are going to take the Isle of Skye Tour and take this train please let us know in advance so that we can endeavour to ensure we arrive back punctually at 2000.
If you are interested in the Skye Fairy Pools or Orkney Day Tour you will not be able to get public transport back to Glasgow or Edinburgh at the end of the day, as the last train is at 2015, before the tours arrive back in Inverness. Consequently, if you wish to travel from one of these cities, and take one of these tours, all in one day, then you will require your own transport (the drive takes approx 3 1/4 hours to either city).
If you wish to travel by train from Aberdeen, Inverurie or Huntly then the following applies;
Isle of Skye Tour
This is the perfect tour for you! You can take the first train from the morning and depart on the last train in the evening. For more details click here
Skye Fairy Pools Tour / Whisky Tour / Whisky & Castle Tour
Unfortunately it is not possible to take any of these tours if you arrive on the first train from Aberdeen, as this train arrives after the tours depart. However, if you can stay in Inverness the night before the tour then you can return to Aberdeen after the tour; there is a train back late evening to Aberdeen at 2133. If you book the Skye Fairy Pools Tour and are taking this train back please let us know in advance so that we can ensure that we arrive back in Inverness by our 2100 estimated tour end time.
Orkney Day Tour
As the tour departs at 0530 and does not return until 2130 it is not possible to take the train up on the day, or return on the day to Aberdeen. You will require to stay the night before and after the tour in Inverness (but it will be worth it!).
The itinerary has been carefully planned to ensure that you get the most out of your day. However, there are factors outside of our control, such as traffic flow, road closures and adverse weather, which mean that, on rare occasions, we may not be to achieve everything listed in the tour itinerary. Consequently, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary, although this will be a last resort, and we will endeavour to visit alternative places of interest instead.
It is advisable to bring some cash (GBP £) on all tours. Credit/debit cards are widely accepted but, in some small shops (or for smaller purchases), cash is the only option.
Please note that American Express is not commonly accepted in Scotland, but Visa and Mastercard should be fine. Unfortunately very few places will accept other currencies such as Euros or US dollars.
Unfortunately dogs and other pets are not able to travel on our tours. If you are partially sighted or blind and use a guide dog to get around please do get in touch to discuss ways in which we can accommodate you and your dog.
Yes, we do have space for a limited amount of luggage. If you wish to bring luggage please contact us before booking. There are also left luggage facilities at Inverness train station for those travelling back to Inverness (please contact the station to find out opening times of this facility prior to use).
If the tour meets or exceeds your expectations then please feel free to tip as it is always very much appreciated. However, please rest assured that tips are not expected in Scotland, so no offence will be taken if you don’t tip. It is worth noting that, if there is a separate driver and tour guide on your tour, they always split any tips equally, so it is fine to give money to either one of them.
Yes, you’ll find the most up-to-date tour dates on our calendar. Scheduled tours will only run on the listed dates.
At the moment we only offer tours in English, and we are unable to offer any translation services. This is something which we are working to improve in the future but, for now, hopefully the fantastic Highland scenery can speak for itself!
To find out how to get to Inverness click here.
Inverness is a compact city so any city centre accommodation will be walking distance (up to 20 minutes) from our pick-up point at Inverness Bus Station. Some hotels, such as the Premier Inn West and the Travelodge at Stoneyfield, are on the outskirts of the city but all are still easily reachable from the bus station (these are both 2 miles/a 10 minute taxi ride from our pick-up point). You can see a list of suggested accommodation in Inverness and Loch Ness here.