Trip To Scotland (May 6/May 22, 2017) - Part 2: The Trip

“Drams Come True 2017 Part 2”

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The Trip.

In Part 2 I'm sharing a short but still detailed day-to-day overview so you might have an idea of what you can do on a single day and in two weeks if you are thinking of making a Whisky Trip yourself. Booking in advance of Distillery Tours, Ferries and B&B's is certainly worth while considering. That way you can fully concentrate on the Whisky part, the fun stuff! I would not do more than two Distillery Tours per day. One in the morning after a good Scottish Breakfast and one in the afternoon after lunch are good choices in our opinion. If possible avoid Tours in the Weekend. Unless you like  crowds!

We arrived in Newcastle on May 7 and proceeded to our first destination, the small village of Dumgoyne, not far away from Glasgow. Here we did the Wee Tasting Tour at the Glengoyne Distillery. We had an excellent diner in The Burbrae Bar in Milngavie and spend the night in the Premier Inn in the same town. On May 8 it took us a little while to find the Auchentoshan Distillery in Dalmuir/Clydebank where we did the Distilled Different Tour. After lunch we set out for Ardrossan to take the ferry to Brodick on the isle of Arran. We dined at the Lochranza Hotel Country Inn and spend the night in the Kincardin Lodge B&B, also in Lochranza. On May 10, we did the Distilling and Tasting Tour at the Isle of Arran Distillery and enjoyed lunch there as well. After lunch we took the ferry to Claonaig and the beautiful coastal road to Campeltown. We had diner at the Big Sheep Bar and stayed the night in the Earadale B&B.
Springbank Distillery

On May 10 we visited the famous Cadenhead Whisky & Tasting Shop before participating in the Springbank & Mitchells Glengyle Tour. After a quick lunch in Amelia's Cafe and Bistro we did the Heritage Tour at the Glen Scotia distillery. We had some hot Mexican food for diner and spend the second night at Earadale B&B. On May 11 we took the road to Kennacraig to take the ferry to Port Ellen on the island of Islay. We had lunch in the small town of Bowmore and went on to do the standard tour at the Kilchoman Farm Distillery. We dined at the Islay Hotel in Port Ellen and had booked a room at the Trout Fly B&B in the same village. On May 12 we paid short visits to our friends at Laphroaig and Lagavulin and enjoyed the lunch in the Ardbeg Distillery. After lunch we proceeded to Port Askaig and did the Bunnahabhain Tasting Tour. Afterwards we paid a very nice visit to the Caol Ila Distillery shop. We had a good Pizza for diner and spend our second night at the Trout Fly B&B.

Ardbeg Distillery   

On May 13 we took the ferry back to Kennacraig and proceeded to Oban where we had lunch and took the ferry to Craignure. Another half hour by car brought us to Tobermory on the isle of Mull where we dined at the Mishniss Restaurant and slept in the Moshill Accomodation. On May 14 we had breakfast at the famous Tobermory Bakery before enjoying a Classic Tour at the Tobermory Distillery. Afterwards we took the ferry to Kilchoan. We lunched quite close to the new Ardnamurchan Distillery and drove on to Mallaig where we took the ferry to Armadale on the isle of Skye. We had diner at the Ardvasar Hotel and spend the night at the Hazelwood B&B in the same village.

On May 15 we took the road again to Carbost where we had lunch at the Old Inn before doing the Tasting Tour at the Talisker Distillery. We then proceeded to Portree where we dined at the Sea Breeze Restaurant and slept at the Isles Inn.

Talisker Distillery

On May 16 we hit the road again to Muir of Ord where we had lunch at the Bad Girl Bakery before doing the standard tour at the Glen Ord Distillery. We then proceeded to Tain via Dornoch and spend the night at the Dunbius B&B in Tain. On May 17 it took us 10 minutes to reach the Glenmorangie Distillery where we did the Signet Tour. We lunched somewhere on the way to Brora where we wanted to do the standard tour at the Clynelish Distillery. Unfortunately it was closed for repairs so we only had a dram in the shop. After that we returned to Tain where we had diner and slept at the Dunbius B&B. On May 18 we proceeded to Alness where we did the Standard tour at the Dalmore Distillery. We enjoyed lunch somewhere along the road to Edderton where we participated in the Vintage Moments Tour at the Balblair Distillery before returning to Tain for diner and our last night at Dunbius B&B.

Glenmorangie Distillery

On May 19 we left for Carbridge. After lunch we did the Taste of Tomatin Tour at the Distillery before dining and resting at the Glenan Lodge B&B in Tomatin. On May 20 we drove to Aberfeldy where we had lunch at the Aberfeldy Distillery before doing the Connoisseur Tour. We had a nice pizza in town and spend the night at the Tigh Eilean B&B. On May 21 we visited the Glenturret Distillery where we participated in the Famous Grouse Experience. We then took the (wrong) road to Auchterarder but we arrived just in time for lunch in that city before doing our final Warehouse Tour at the Tullibardine Distillery. We had diner in town and slept in the Allandale House B&B. On May 22 we hit the road for Newcastle where we took the ferry for the crossing to IJmuiden. Our 2nd Whisky Tour had come to an end.

Tour at Glengoyne

Shortly Part 3: Tours and Tastings!

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