Hello friends! Welcome to the info page for our trip to Scotland to drink Whisky and enjoy the spoils of friendship. I'll keep updating this as things go along, hopefully, so you can find answers to all of your burning questions.
Can't wait for this trip!
Estimated Travel Dates:
Looks like we landed on a date! We are looking at a 5-6 day trip beginning in Edinburgh, Scotland. The plan is to meet in Edinburgh and be in Scotland MAY 19-25, 2017 - put it on your calendar! Sounds like most couples will be branching off to do their own things after those dates, so feel free to come and go as you wish.
UPDATED Itinerary - as of October 25th, 2016
After some more planning, the itinerary is getting more solidified. Read below for the updates.
HERE is a detailed itinerary for in-depth plans.
Friday, May 19: Meet in St. Andrew's for Dinner
Everyone will meet up in St. Andrews for dinner as our first time together in country. Flying into Edinburgh, St. Andrews is a short drive north. If coming through London, some may rent a car in London, take a train up to Edinburgh or straight to St. Andrews (about 4-6 hrs).
See below for lodging in St. Andrews.
Saturday, May 20: The Highlands and Speyside region
Saturday morning we'll start out heading north thru the Highlands with our first whisky stop at Edradour Distillery. Looking to book a tour in the morning sometime- maybe around 10 am.
From there, we'll drive through Pitlochry and grab food for a picnic lunch in the Highlands, then make our way north, taking time to see the beautiful scenery and talk to some sheep. The whole journey is only about 3 hours straight thru, so we will have plenty of time to enjoy the drive.
As we come out of the Highlands into the Speyside region, we will head to The Macallan for our second distillery stop! Booking a tour at a distillery close to our lodging that night- for 4 pm at Cardhu- the only distillery in Scotland pioneered by a woman.
Sunday, May 21: Pluscarden Abbey, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glen Coe and more.
Sunday morning we will enjoy spiritual refreshment at Pluscarden Abbey with Benedictine monks. This will be amazing and beautiful! Mass is at 10 am in Latin. Then we will start to make our way down the west coast, on a leisurely drive to Glen Coe , stopping as we want, including a visit to Eilean Donan Castle and a Nessy sighting. We will end the day with a visit to the beautiful Glen Coe and stay the night in that area.
Monday, May 22-23: Oban and Islay
Monday morning we'll keep heading south, with our first stop in the coastal town of Oban, which has a great distillery! Then onward south to catch the ferry for Islay. The ferry leaves at 1 pm an is about 2 hours, so we'll make it to Islay around 3 pm. One of my favorite distilleries is here and we will spend 2 lovely nights on the island.
Lodging info below
End of “Official” itinerary
Wednesday, May 24: Ferry from Islay, head back to Edinburgh/London/St. Andrews
Wednesday morning we'll catch a 9:45 am ferry to Kennacraig, then head to the Cameron House for our last night together (about 2 hr drive). Enjoy a relaxing day at the resort and then a wonderful meal at the Michelin Star restaurant Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond.
Thursday, May 25: Say Goodbye
From here we are make our way to the next adventure! Thank you, goodnight. Drop the mic and walk away.
Cameron House to Glasgow Airport about 25 minutes.
Cameron House to Edinburgh Airport about 1 hr 15 minutes.
Cameron House to Stirling about 45 minutes.
Here is a Google Map to show, routes, sites and distilleries I'd like to visit. This is definitely not comprehensive- there are close to 100 distilleries in Scotland. Just highlighting some of those I think are great.
Housing Options - Every night is booked!
The Albany Hotel - St. Andrews
Night of May 19: First night in country
Cardu Country House - Speyside Region
Night of May 20
Ardtorna Bed & Breakfast - Close to Oban
Night of May 21
Harbour Inn at Bowmore - Islay
Nights of May 22 & 23: Two nights on Islay
The Cameron House
Night of May 24: Last night before flying out (For the Lunds)
Distilleries to Visit
A recommendation from the Canlis family, this is a gem- both the whisky and the distillery itself. It is also the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland.
The Macallan is known as The Rolls Royce of Scotch Whisky, and it is a stunning distillery in a beautiful location. Definitely a must.
On the West Coast, this is a smaller distillery that is still the highlight of the town, and the place to catch a ferry to most of the Western Isles.
The only Malt Scotch Distillery Pioneered by a woman.
Another Islay gem.
This is the only distillery in Scotland that produces 3 different single malts with different production methods.
Scotch Whisky Regions
Other Sites to See (in no particular order)
Photos from my Last Trip
I travelled to some of these places when I was in Scotland 2 years ago. You can see some photos from that trip HERE.