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Scotland Distillery Tour | CIE Tours

Whiskey Tours

Learn more about Scotland's extensive history of whiskey & distilleries below.

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Whiskey is Scotland’s national drink and its biggest export, enjoyed across the globe. With over 100 active distilleries in Scotland spread across five whiskey regions, with many offering fascinating tours, there are plenty of opportunities to learn how it’s made. Each whiskey has its own unique flavors and character and whatever your palate, we’re sure there’s one for you – you just have to taste a few to find it!

Scottish whiskey was originally made from malted barley, although commercial distilleries began introducing whiskey made from rye and wheat in the late 18th century.

Scotch whiskey is divided into five categories:

  • Single malt

    A Scotch whiskey produced from only water and malted barley at a single distillery by batch distillation in pot stills

  • Single grain

    A Scotch whiskey distilled at a single distillery, but which may contain whole grains of other cereals besides barley.

  • Blended malt

    A blend of two or more single malt Scotch whiskies from different distilleries

  • Blended grain

    A blend of two or more single grain Scotch whiskies from different distilleries

  • Blended

    A blend of one or more single malt Scotch whiskies with one or more single grain Scotch whiskies.


A few of our favorite distilleries:


Blair Athol Distillery

Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working Distilleries in Scotland. Established in 1798, it stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in the town of Pitlochery. It produces a 12-year-old malt whiskey, and also contributes to Bell’s Blend, the most popular blended whiskey in the UK.

Isle of Harris Distillery

A new distillery in the Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Harris Distillery opened in 2015 with five local distillers trained from scratch for the task of creating true island spirits. It’s known as “The Social Distillery”, an ethos which embraces the generous character of the Isle of Harris and the people who live there. A fire burns at the heart of the building, symbolizing the warmth of an Outer Hebridean welcome and the life they are bringing to the wider community.

Oban Whisky Distillery

Oban, one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, is nestled in the heart of Oban town center, beneath a steep cliff by the sea. Founded in 1794 by local merchants Hugh and John Stevenson, the distillery has been little changed since its refurbishment in the 1890s. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary dram of the Oban 14-year-old West Highland Malt.

Glenfiddich Distillery

One of the few single-malt distilleries to remain entirely family-owned, Glenfiddich is now the world’s most-awarded Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. Founded in 1887, it’s the only Scottish whiskey to use a single source of water – the Robbie Dhu spring, which the company notes has “a unique highland tang wrought from millennia of flowing through Banffshire peat and over Scottish granite”.

Glen Grant

Glen Grant was founded in 1840 by brothers John and James Grant – twenty years earlier, James Grant had helped lead the “Raid on Elgin”, the last clan revolt in Scottish history, and the tartan waistcoat he wore that day remains proudly on display at the distillery. Glen Grant prides itself on its crisp, fresh and light single malt, which is produced using extremely tall stills that help ensure only the lightest spirits becomes Glen Grant, and through the use of purifiers in both of its distillations, ensuring only the purest vapor is allowed to pass from the still to the condenser.


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CIE tours made everything extremely easy. We booked online and had them arrange our flights and transportation to and from the airport. When we finally met up with the tour group a day late, due to bad weather and flight delays, we found out that we had the best guide and driver, Colm Clarke. He was AMAZING- very accommodating and cheerful throughout the whole tour. He kept us informed and entertained all at the same time. I've taken several tours and he surpassed any guides I've dealt with by far. The stops and sights planned are excellent and truly give you a taste of Ireland and Scotland. I found the hotels to be comfortable with good service. I cannot stress how much I enjoyed this tour and how hard I;m working to get back to Ireland as soon as possible. Of course, I'll be booking with CIE again and requesting Colm (Seriously, he is the BEST).
I had a great travel agent that organised everything
Friendly and informative tour guides, nice accomodations, we saw so much while we were there!

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