Tour to Scotland


Scenery, Cuisine, History, Culture, Whisky, Golf and Gin


11 Days: October 4 - 14, 2020

Wine, enjoyed in moderation, is a healthy food which enriches life.


I am interested to know if you might join a trip to Scotland to see some magnificent scenery, visit some ancient landmarks, and learn about the history of the country.


We will also visit a few of the famous malt whisky distilleries, learn about making gin and have the opportunity to play on some historical golf courses. [Golf would be an optional extra on 4 days with alternative activities for the non-golfers.]


I have done some outline planning following a visit to Scotland in June and have come up with a possible itinerary and would like to get your feedback.


We would meet in Edinburgh and stay for 3 nights to allow time for visiting the city, Holyrood Palace, The Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia etc, and to allow for one golf day at Gullane.


We then depart for St. Andrews, just over an hour away, for one night at the Old Course Hotel with a golf day plus time for seeing this charming seaside town and do some shopping before heading north to Inverness. It is about 3 hours drive but we would be stopping at a distillery or two on Speyside (Glenfiddich, The Macallan, Glenlivet,? etc. ) en route and the scenery is spectacular.


We would stay a couple of nights in Inverness to allow for a golf day at Royal Dornoch and to visit Glenmorangie Distillery, both of which are nearby plus time for sightseeing and shopping in the city.


We then head south down the Great Glen to see Loch Ness and Urquart Castle stopping in Fort William after 90 minutes on the road for afternoon tea at Inverlochy Castle with views of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. We then continue to enjoy spectacular scenery on the 2 hour drive to Crinan for a seafood dinner and overnight stay.


The next morning we take the nearby ferry to Islay to experience this island's renowned smoky malts like Laphraoig, Bowmore, Ardbeg, and The Botanist gin.


On Islay we would stay at the Machrie Hotel and Golf Links for a fourth day of golf. We would disperse from here flying to Glasgow for onward connection home.


We would naturally be tasting and drinking lots of wine from all over the world plus some local beers during the many group meals.


Is this sounding good? Before I put the trip together for specific dates and fix the price I would appreciate your feedback.


Too long... wrong courses, wrong distilleries, bad time of year? This will be a small group 10-12.


There is still space on the 2019 tour to Portugal and the 2020 tours to New Zealand and S.Australia and to The Danube if you know of anyone who might like to join me.


Steve Thurlow