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Whisky Tour: Highland Region Whisky Trail from Invergordon Cruise Port

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This private customisable tour is aimed at people coming into Invergordon on a Cruise Liner who do not simply want to take another scenic tour, but want to explore the "water of life", whisky.

Scotland has very strict drink driving laws, so rather than falling foul of these why not hire one of the most luxurious vehicles in Scotland to take you on a whisky tour.

We are a small family owned tour business so the only people we aim to please are you, our customers. We have no shareholders to please, or set schedules we have to follow. We provide you the ultimate flexibility to decide what you would like to see and change the itinerary to suit you.

We have proposed an outline itinerary but this is your tour, and you make the decisions as to what you want to see and for how long.

You decide! Unfortunately, most of these distilleries are closed on Sundays.

What You'll Get

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Clynelish Distillery, Clynelish, Brora KW9 6LR, UK

Founded in 1967, the Clynelish Distillery is just under an hour from Invergordon on the scenic East Coast of Sutherland. There are beautiful views of the North Sea and the hills to the north of Brora. The water for the distillery comes from the Clynemilton Burn which runs over seams of gold in the underlying rock. The water is used to create a fruity, waxy, slightly smoky, sea-spicy single malt whisky.

The Clynelish Distillery is one of four owned by drinks group Diageo that pays a significant part in the Johnnie Walker whisky, the others being Caol Ila, Cardhu, and Glenkinchie. The main part of the production is used for blends, however official bottlings include a 14 year old and a Distiller’s Edition with a Oloroso Seco finish.

The Taste of Clynelish Tour costs £12 per person and will provide you with a guided tour and tasting of the Clynelish 14 year old, Clynelish Distillery Only Bottling, and the Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar & Grant MacNicol at the Castle Restaurant, Castle St, Dornoch IV25 3SD, UK

No whisky tour to the Highlands would be complete without visiting the Dornoch Castle Hotel's Whisky Bar. Home to one of the newest distilleries in Scotland, the Whisky Bar has an extensive collection of rare and unique malts which you are able to sample (for a fee of course). If the weather is fine, this can be taken in the garden, however if it's a little colder, the Castle Bar is a great alternative.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Balblair Distillery, Edderton IV19 1LB Scotland

Founded in 1790, this is possilby one of my favourite distilleries, According to records, this is the fourth oldest distillery in Scotland after Glenturret, Strathisla, and Bowmore,

Balblair creates its malt whisky slowly, and it is then matured at the distillery in the tradtional dunnage warehouses on earthen floors. The visitors centre provides a welcoming, relaxed environment in which to enjoy a tasting. Tours are available at 11:00 and 14:00 costing £10 per person, and as a maximum of ten people are accommodated per tour, advance bookings are essential.

Visitors to the distillery can purchase a bottle from a hand selected cask which you are able to fill, cork, seal, and label yourself. Your name will then go into the ledger and you’ll have a unique gift to take home with you.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Glenmorangie Distillery, on the A9 Ross-shire, IV19 1PZ Scotland

Now owned by Moët Hennesy, the Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843 with production starting in 1849. Glenmorangie is famous the world over for its whisky with the first exports starting as long ago as 1880.

Moving with modern times, the Distillery installed an anaerobic digestion plant in 2017 to process and break down by products such as pot-ale and lees which in turn means the production process is more sustainable. This has removed the need for them to be taken away from the Distillery by tanker for processing elsewhere.

Tours and tastings are possible with the Original Tour costing £7.50 per person. It is possible to visit the tasting room without doing a tour. A range of Glenmorangie Single Malt Whiskies are available to purchase and try in the relaxed environment of the tasting room.

Duration: 1 hour

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation

  • Lunch - Not included but we would suggest taking lunch in Dornoch
  • Gratuities
  • Fees for whisky tours and tastings are not included
  • Entry/Admission - Clynelish Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar & Grant MacNicol at the Castle Restaurant
  • Entry/Admission - Balblair Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Glenmorangie Distillery

Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We will wait for you at the exit from the cruise liner port with a board with your name on it


Departure Time
9:00 AM

7 to 9 hours

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Highland Day Tours in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

The Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.