11-Day Whiskey Tour
It has been said that Ireland invented whiskey, but Scotland perfected it—and deemed it "whisky." Indeed, both countries are known for their spirits and this 11-day driving tour highlights that 500-year-old tradition.
From the Lowlands in Scotland to the capital of Ireland, this route allows travelers to visit at least six distilleries, each more historic than the next, and get exclusive tastings along the way. Gastronomes will also appreciate this itinerary, as the culinary traditions in Scotland and Ireland are going strong. Several of the hotels along this route offer fine-dining restaurants that have been awarded Michelin stars.
This itinerary is provided by Ireland's Blue Book; a collection of unique Country Houses, Historic Hotels, Manor Houses, Castles & Restaurants in Ireland.
Day 1 : Arrive in Edinburgh
Arrive Edinburgh Airport where you will be met by Little’s Chauffeur Drive and taken to your hotel, where you will stay for two nights.
Check into a whisky-themed suite at The Glasshouse or the lavishly restored, decadent Prestonfield House. Consider an afternoon visit to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Vaults, in the historic Leith area, and sample limited-edition single cask whiskies. Dinner is taken at Rhubarb, the restaurant of Prestonfield House.
Day 2 : Edinburgh
After breakfast, travel with Little’s Chauffeur Drive to Glenkinchie, a small distillery in the beautiful East Lothian countryside, lunch will be taken at Greywalls, one of the earliest country house hotels designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901. The afternoon is spent at The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh where you will discover the aromas and flavors that appeal to your palate and lead you to your perfect single-malt whisky.
Day 3 : Gleneagles
With Little’s Chauffeur Drive, transfer to Gleneagles, where you will stay for one night.
In the afternoon visit The Famous Grouse Distillery Experience. After you return to the hotel, there will be an evening whisky nosing in The Still Room at Gleneagles prior to dinner in the only restaurant in Scotland with two Michelin stars: Andrew Fairlie.
Day 4 : Glasgow
Travel with Little’s Chauffeur Drive to Glengoyne Distillery, which will provide you with a personalized bottle of whisky. Afterward, visit Hotel du Vin, at One Devonshire Gardens, in Glasgow, where you can visit the Whisky Snug, with its choice of more than 300 whiskies. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 : Bladnoch
Travel with Little’s Chauffeur Drive to Bladnoch Distillery and thereafter to Knockinaam Lodge, the house featured in John Buchan’s adventure novel, "The Thirty-Nine Steps." While there, savor a whisky or two in the lovely little wood paneled Whisky Bar. Dinner will be taken in the Michelin-starred restaurant in the hotel.
Day 6 : County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Transfer to County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and check in at The Bushmills Inn Hotel, where you will stay for two nights, the home of the world’s oldest distillery. Dinner is taken in the hotel. Intriguing fireplaces, oil lamps, nooks, crannies and even a secret room set the tone in the historic inn. In the bar, still lit by gaslight, try a glass of Bushmills malt from the hotel's private cask or relax in a rocking chair in front of the gentle glow of a turf fire in the smoke-aged "old kitchen."
Day 7 : Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Visit The Bushmills Distillery and learn the secrets of 400 years of distilling at the home of Irish Whiskey and in the afternoon, if you wish, play The Royal Portrush Golf Course.
Day 8 - 10 : Dublin, Ireland
Transfer to Dublin and check into The Merrion Hotel where you will stay for three nights. The afternoon is free to explore Dublin. Perhaps a visit to The Guinness Storehouse, the home of Guinness beer. In the evening we suggest dinner in the two-starred Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in The Merrion Hotel.
After breakfast, visit The Old Jameson Distillery Experience in Dublin. After lunch take a guided tour of the city with your chauffeur, stopping off at the places you want to explore. For dinner on your second evening in Dublin we suggest Michelin-starred Chapter One on the historic Parnell Square. Chapter One is a former home of John Jameson, so it's a perfect way to finish your day.
Your third day in Dublin is free to explore the city with your chauffeur.
Day 11 : Depart Dublin
Depart for home.
11-Day Whiskey Tour
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