Scottish Whisky Tours & Accommodation
Hotels - Self Catering - Books

Holidays / Tours:

  • Absolute Escapes offer tailor-made themed packages such as Castles & Whisky, for individuals, groups and corporate clients. Packages can include acommodation, transport, tours and whisky tastings in any location - either self drive or with a private tour guide.
  • Castle Tours offer a choice of sightseeing tours. Scheduled day tours (4 - 8 people), or tailor-made, private guided tours. Departures from Inverness and Aberdeen to explore Speyside, the north east coast and the Highlands. Itineraries feature distilleries and castles, as well as gardens, wildife, Highland Games, etc. Accommodation booking, airport transfers, etc., can also be arranged.
  • Heart of Scotland Tours - daily minibus tours all year round departing from Edinburgh.
  • Scotland Made Easy is a Highland-based small company offering self drive tours arranged just for you. Tours can include Whisky tasting or Gourmet short breaks (4 nights), or longer trips (6 - 13 nights) looking at castles and gardens. Pre-booked accommodation and route maps provided.
  • Wilderness Scotland offer tailor-made holidays in the Highlands & Islands. Luxury breaks, activity holidays, self drive or with private guides. A range of accommodation is available. Themed holidays (wildlife, whisky, history, etc.) can be arranged, as well as activities such as walking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing and bird watching.
  • Coach tour operators in Scotland...

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Featured Accommodation

Contact: Emma and Ron
The Old Excise House
Port Ellen
Isle of Islay PA42 7DS
Tel: 01496 302567

The Old Excise House

Luxury B&B offering a warm welcome & good food
with spectacular sea views in the former home
of the Excise Officer for Laphroaig distillery.
Situated on the coast between Port Ellen and the
whisky distilleries of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg.
Convenient for ferry terminal, airport and Machrie golf course.

Choice of 2 ensuite bedrooms with sea views:
The Laphroaig Room has superking/twin beds and a
large en-suite traditional bathroom with cast iron roll top bath.
The Texa Room has a kingsize Victorian cast iron and brass bed
with a contemporary en-suite shower room.
Each room offers Freesat TV, free WiFi,
tea and coffee tray with homemade biscuits & fresh milk,
hairdryer and locally made Spirited Soaps toiletries.
Breakfast/sitting room with wood burning stove, books and games.
Special diets are catered for including vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free.
Local produce is used whenever possible, plus homemade cakes, biscuits & preserves.

Golf tuition is available from one of the hosts
- a PGA qualified golf professional -
who teaches at The Machrie Championship golf course
a few miles away, near the island's airport.
Your hosts can also book distillery tours and activities.

B&B price £60 per person (based on 2 sharing).
Afternoon tea on arrival.
No smoking. No pets.
Children welcome if both the rooms are booked together.
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Sonia and William Marshall
Culdearn House
Woodlands Terrace
Grantown on Spey PH26 3JU
Tel: +44 (0)1479 872106
Fax: +44 (0)1479 873641
Culdearn House

Formerly the country home of the Earl of Seafield's family.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Small Hotel
in the heart of the Spey Valley.
Renowned for its warm hospitality.
Personally run hotel with intimate atmosphere.
Ideal for romantic breaks or special celebrations.
Recommended in 'The Hidden Places of Scotland'.
Member of Best Loved Hotels.
Green Tourism Business scheme gold award.
13 miles from Aviemore. 35 miles south of Inverness.

Fine dining with candlelit tables, log fire & attentive service.
Daily changing menus. AA Red Rosette.
Lounge with wood panelling and luxurious furnishings.
Selection of 50 malt whiskies (some rare) with tasting notes.
Whisky Tasting weekends can be arranged.

Choice of 6 kingsize, double and twin bedrooms.
All with en-suite facilities, toiletries, TV, radio,
trouser press, dressing gowns, hairdryer, refreshments
shortbread, bottled water, fruit, floral arrangement.
Free Wi-Fi Broadband Internet access.
For special celebrations, flowers, chocolates,
champagne and/or a piper can be arranged.

B&B prices from £60 per person.
Dinner, B&B rates.
Discounts for stays of 4 or more nights.
Exclusive use (min 2 nights for 10 - 12 people).
Credit cards accepted. Open all year.
No children under 10. No smoking.
Special offers
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Castle Hotel - Huntly

Andrew and Linda Meiklejohn
Castle Hotel
Aberdeenshire AB54 4SH
Tel: 01466 792696
Fax: 01466 792641


Family-run, elegant retreat set in 7 acres of parkland
bordered by the River Deveron.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Country House Hotel.
18th century country house - once home to the Dukes of Gordon.
Within walking distance of Huntly and 18 hole golf course.
50 minutes from Aberdeen International Airport.
Aberdeen city centre 37 miles. Ballater 36 miles. Elgin 27 miles.
Ideal for distilleries, the Castle Trail, salmon and trout fishing.
A range of full & half day private tours available by people carrier
with complimentary beverages, shortbread & optional Champagne picnic lunch.

2 luxury suites with Italian tiled bathrooms
(1 with four-poster bed and 1 with private lounge),
3 deluxe bedrooms, 14 standard bedrooms and
1 family suite with 1 double & 1 twin bedroom.
Stylish restaurant with panoramic views over the gardens & parkland.
Wood-panelled bar lounge features a warm fireplace
and a wide range of whisky malts and blends.
Piano Lounge with French doors onto the front lawns.
Elegant ballroom. Private helipad. Free WiFi.
Recommended in Stevensons Good Hotel & Food Book 2011.

Available for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Facilities for conferences & business meetings.
2 purpose built-function rooms and a dedicated Conference team.

B&B prices from £55 per person (2 sharing)
and £76 for single occupancy.
No smoking. No pets.

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Hotel in Aberdeenshire

Euan and Susan Cameron
The Station Hotel
Seafield Street
Aberdeenshire AB45 2QT
Tel: 01261 842327
Fax: 01261 842975


Cosy traditional 'village inn' style hotel with friendly personal service.
Located in the heart of the old fishing town of Portsoy.
50 minutes drive from Aberdeen Airport.
Inverness 65 miles. Elgin 27 miles.
Golf breaks can be arranged (with transport if required).

Possible day trips include the Castle Trail, Whisky Trail,
North East Coastal Trail (sandy beaches, cliffs and
picturesque harbours such as Cullen, Buckie, Banff, MacDuff).
Speyside, Deeside and the Cairngorms are all within each reach.
Pony trekking, bird watching, walking, cycling, fishing.

14 bedrooms (double twin, family, triple).
All with ensuite bathroom, TV and tea & coffee making facilities.
Some with sea views.
Children welcome.
Restaurant serving local fresh produce. Lounge bar.
Scottish Tourist Board 2 Stars.

B&B prices from £35 per person (2 sharing).
Family room from £95 per night.
Dinner, B&B special breaks from:
£99 for 2 nights / £139 for 3 nights / £169 for 4 nights.
Instant online booking.

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Speyside Self Catering Accommodation


Banffshire AB37 9DB

Contact Mark Scott
Tel: 07947754454 / 01250 872 481


Luxury cottage with countryside views.
Furnished to a high standard and ideal for family holidays.
Previously part of the Glenlivet Whisky Distillery.
Set in Glenlivet between the Ladder and Cromdale Hills
in the Cairngorms National Park.
30 minutes drive from Aviemore & Royal Deeside.
20 minutes from The Lecht ski resort.
20 minutes from the coast of Moray.
Ideal for fishing, walking, cycling, horse riding,
wildlife watching, exploring distilleries, castles, etc.

Accommodation for up to 12 people:
6 bedrooms (2 double, 3 twin and 1 with bunks).
3 bathrooms.
Large lounge, dining room, kitchen,
utility room and second lounge
Facilities include oil central heating,
2 large TVs with Freeview, stereo / CD player / radio,
large electric range cooker, microwave, dishwasher,
washing machine, fridge / freezer.
Free broadband access through WiFi.

Rental prices from £799 per week.
Short breaks sometimes available.
Online availability calendar.
Pets welcome (extra charge).

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Mrs Cattanach
1 Conval Drive
Moray AB38 9PG
Tel: +44 (0)1651 851485

Hollybush House

Recently built house equipped to a high standard. Sleeps 8.
Countryside location overlooking the River Spey.
Situated near The Speyside Way.
Ideal for fishing, golf, walking, distilleries, castles, etc.
4 miles from Aberlour. Close to Ballindalloch Castle.
Elgin 19 miles. Aviemore 36 miles.
Inverness 55 miles. Aberdeen 60 miles.
Handy for winter skiing at Cairngorm or the Lecht.

4 large bedrooms: 2 twin and 2 double (2 ensuite)
Kitchen, dining room, lounge, bathroom, garage,
picnic table. No pets. Linen provided.
Prices from £800 per week.

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For more Accommodation near distilleries, see
Aberdeenshire & Grampian
Moray & Speyside
Isle of Islay


Whisky Books

The Road to Craigellachie
The beginner's guide to whisky and where to start your discovery of it in Scotland. There are maps to show you the way and the places and distilleries to visit. The book was launched at the Scottish Whisky Festival in Speyside. Paperback 190 pages. Published May 2005.
Available from and Amazon UK
The Island Whisky Trail
Scotland's Hebridean and West Coast Malt Whisky Distilleries
includes Islay, Jura, Mull and Skye
Paperback by Neil Wilson. 128 pages. Published May 2003.
Available from and Amazon UK
Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram
This whisky travelogue is Scottish novelist Iain Banks' first non-fiction book.
Hardback. 388 pages. Published November 2003.
To order your copy, click here
The Whisky Trails
Great guidebook telling you about the 120 distilleries you can visit throughout Scotland. Available from and Amazon UK

The Malt Whisky Trail Video
A tour of 8 distilleries on Speyside.
Available in 2 formats:
NTSC (US / Canada) and PAL (UK)

The Single Malt Whiskey Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide
This is THE book for whisky lovers to have!
To order your copy, click here
Collins Whisky Map of Scotland
Showing you the distilleries to visit.
Available from and Amazon UK