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3 Day Speyside Whisky Minicoach Tour from Edinburgh (RT)

A warm welcome awaits you in Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries. Your 3 day adventure allows you to sit back and let Rabbies do the driving whilst you visit some of the finest whisky distilleries in Scotland and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Cairngorm, Speyside and Royal Deeside. Wednesdays & Fridays.

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Tour Highlights

Highlights: ~ Dunkeld and the Hermitage ~ Cairngorm National Park ~ The River Spey ~ Elgin ~ Speyside Cooperage ~ 4 Whisky Distilleries ~ Royal Deeside

This tour operates on: Wednesday, Friday

Day 1 takes you north to the historic village of Dunkeld and the stunning Hermitage forest waterfalls. After lunch in Pitlochry you can sample the delights of Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, near the source of the River Spey. Warmed by the amber nectar you continue on your way through the Cairngorm National Park before reaching Grantown on Spey, your base for 2 nights.

Day 2 A whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive toward the coast your first stop of the day will be at the family owned Benromach Distillery for a personalised tour. From here it is a short distance to Elgin – home to Gordon and Macphail – one of the world’s leading specialist whisky bottlers and suppliers. After lunch in Elgin you will travel back up the Spey to Aberlour for a visit to the distillery there and time permitting make a stop at the Speyside Cooperage in nearby Craigellachie. From here it's back to Grantown on Spey.

Day 3 takes you through the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains on route back to Edinburgh. In the morning you will explore Glenlivet – not just a distillery but also a beautiful glen with great walks and wonderful wildlife. You will then enjoy the majesty of Royal Deeside, passing by Balmoral Castle, and stop in the village of Braemar in the heart of the National Park. From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass through Perthshire before arriving back in Edinburgh.

N.B. – the itinerary and distillery visits are subject to variation throughout the season and may not be the same described above, however there will always be a minimum of 4 distillery visits during the tour.

For  Friday departures days 1 and 3 of the itinerary will be reversed.

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Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 

Air Conditioning as standard. Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide 
All ferry and bridge crossings. 


Meals and refreshments.
 All Visitor Attractions. 
Accommodation - the tour price does not include accommodation but this gives you an opportunity to choose your budget and the type of accommodation you wish to stay in and Rabbies will book it for you - Hostel, B&B or Hotel - please refer to the booking form on this web site for prices.
Please note that in the case of late bookings accommodation availability and choice may be restricted and we cannot guarantee to find your first choice. There is usually a supplement for single rooms. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain their communities in the long term.

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 18+
  • Min Age: NA
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Mini Coach
  • Months of Operation: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Duration of Tour: 3 Days
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh
  • Departure Point: Rabbies Cafe, 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG
  • Departure Time: Departs 09:00 Please check-in 15 minutes earlier.
  • Expected return Time: Returns 18:30 approx (day 3)
  • Duration of Tour: 3 Days

Rates & Dates

Adult Prices:  £129  to £149
Discount Prices:  £119 to £139

Discount Price applies to Students and Seniors over 60. Rabbies do not carry any children on this tour. Minimum age is 18 on this whisky tour.

Departs Wednesdays (April to October), and some Fridays (selected dates May to Sept)

Booking Notes

Click on the "Book Now" button to check availability and for immediate confirmed booking. Payment is required during the booking process. Choose the accommodation type you wish to stay in and Rabbies will book it for you.

Some Places We Will Visit

  • Dunkeld

    The travel guide on Dunkled in Perthshire offers information travellers needed to know on Dunkled, which includes tourist information about Dunkled and Birnam, attractions and Self- Catering Cottages in Dunkled.

  • Pitlochry

    Small Highland tour that is a frequent stopping place for coaches travelling along the A9. Somewhat a one road town of shops and cafes.

  • Grantown on Spey

    This genteel Georgian holiday town is 15 miles northeast of Aviemore and attracts the more mature tourist by the coach-load. Everything here is geared towards fishing, and anyone wishing to get kitted out in proper style should get themselves down to either Mortimers or Ritchies on the High Street. The Tourist Information Centre, Tel. 01479 872773, is also here, open April to October daily 0900-1800.

    Phone code: +44 (0)1479 Population: 3,250

  • Elgin

    Visitor guide to Elgin in the North East coast of Scotland. Includes info on transport, accommodation, self catering cottages, eating and even info on Lossiemouth to Burghead.

  • Glenlivet Village

    Glenlivet's history reflects Scotland's religious upheavals from the 16th century to the 19th century. In 1594 the Battle of Glenlivet saw the last stand of the Roman Catholics. The defeat led to their leaders being forced to flee the country afterwards.

  • Braemar

    Nine miles west of Balmoral, is Braemar, the final town on Deeside, lying at the foot of the awesome, brooding Cairngorm massif, which dominates the Eastern Highlands.

  • Perth

    The heritage of Perth is easy to trace owing to the number of interesting historical sites within walking distance of each other.