It’s time to discover Scottish GIN, and include Scottish Highland Gin Tours in your holiday plans!
Scottish Gin has become Scotland’s most exciting new product on the food and drink menu. It rivals Scotch Whisky in the great experiences for visitors too!
Scottish Gin Tours in the Highlands are now as widespread as Whisky tours, so book yourself in for a taste of Scotland’s most refreshing new drink.
The heart of the Highlands is the Cairngorm National Park. High up is sub-arctic tundra, while in the glens below is an array of magical forests, rivers, lochs, and all the picture-perfect wildlife you can handle.
This beautiful part of the Highland region is where you’ll find the Kinrara Gin Distillery. Highland Gin tours resume on August 1st, and the shop is open daily. Check out their beautifully designed gin bottle collection, which will look gorgeous on your shelf (even if you’ve sneakily finished the contents!)
Their Highland Gin Tours will run at 11am and 2pm daily and priced at £15, are an affordable way to spend a very enjoyable couple of hours.
Byron’s Gin makes visitors extremely welcome at The Snug, situated in the small retail park in Aviemore, Highlands.
Knowledgeable staff will take you through samples of the gins, and whiskies, and the lovely variety of local art works and crafts on display. Book your tutored nosing and tasting sessions in advance through this link.
Inshriach Gin & Duncan’s Gin
Inshriach Gin from the Rothiemurchus Forest, and Duncan’s Gin, are also made locally. Buy both at the Rothiemurchus Farm Shop, on the ‘ski road’ towards Cairngorm mountain. Look out for these other great local gins while exploring Aviemore and the Cairngorms.
Firhall B&B in Grantown on Spey makes a very stylish and welcome base to explore these Highland gins. Just 5 bedrooms and just for adults too, it’s delightful rooms will satisfy your senses just as well as the local gin! Enquire here.
Caorunn Gin at Balmenach Distillery in the Speyside Region of the eastern Highlands.
Highland Gin Tours don’t come better than this one! You can pit your nosing skills against the master distiller. Whether you win or lose, you get to enjoy a relaxed (and generous) Caorunn and Tonic perfect serve afterwards in the intimate bar. You’ll leave feeling full of knowledge, and full of gorgeous gin! (driver packs are available).
Devil’s Staircase Gin – A choice of Highland Gin Tours
Devil’s Staircase Gin by Pixel Spirits, comes from the quintessentially Scottish scenery of Glencoe. Nestled at the mouth of Loch Leven, beside the Ballachulish Bridge, the distillery is right next door to the Loch Leven Hotel. It’s a small distillery, intimate enough to get up close and personal with every aspect of production.
Guided by the owner and chief distiller, Craig Innes, take a Highland Gin Tour, or book on to a full blown Gin School, where you can select your very own combination of botanicals and create a bespoke gin to exactly match your personal taste. Find out more by clicking here.
Badachro Gin is created in the tiny settlement of Badachro, next door to Gairloch, in Wester Ross. This is a region of coastal inlets, offshore islets, sandy beaches, seals and big blue skies. A yacht would be as useful as a car around here, but assuming you are travelling by car, why not stay a night or two at the owners’ B&B next door.
The lovely Gordon & Vanessa at Badachro Gin are happy to show you their distillery, and even to offer you a sample or two. They describe their gin as ‘Scotland’s West Coast captured in a bottle’, so if you’re looking for a Highland Gin Tour, this could very well be the perfect spot! Find out more here.
Rock Rose Gin
Rock Rose Gin’s home is at Dunnet Bay Distillery on Scotland’s North Coast. At the eastern end of the stunning sandy expanse of Dunnet Bay, and inland a little from Scotland’s most northerly point, Dunnet Head. It’s also next door to the Northern Sands Hotel, so why not book in there so no one has to drive after your visit. This is a stunning area of the Highlands, and a Gin Tour here is an added bonus.
Your Highland Gin Tour here will see you welcomed to the Boat Shed Booths, to hear local stories from Captain Joanne, while enjoying a selection of gins. There’s a wide range to sample, plus Holy Grass Vodka. One thing we especially like, is that they offer refill pouches, so are helping to protect their beautiful environment too! Click here to learn more.
North Point Distillery is just a little further west and close to the coast road too. Newer to the scene than the team at Dunnet Bay, this recently opened distillery specialises in small batch production of authentic Scottish Spirits, all with a sustainable focus. The distillery is situated near Forss, between Thurso and Reay on the north coast, and close to St Mary’s Chapel, which dates from the 11th Century.
North Point Distillery is home to the intriguingly named ‘North Point Pilot Rum’. The term ‘pilot’ refers to the local mariners, who would make themselves available to assist ships navigating the Pentland Firth. This stretch of water between Scotland’s northernmost tip and the islands of Orkney, has a well deserved reputation for wild seas, huge waves and relentlessly treacherous conditions. In the 1700s when Britain was sending quantities of supplies to the Americas, ships leaving Britain’s east coast ports would have to pass this way in order to reach the Atlantic. Many were lost in these waters, and so locals, with their knowledge and experience, were valued as guides or ‘pilots’ through the maelstrom. They would usually be dropped back ashore once the worst was over, but occasionally couldn’t make it home. Some were forced to continue with the ship to it’s destination, thumbing a lift back across the Atlantic Ocean whenever they were able!
The Distillery tours run daily, at 10.30 and 2.30 (except Sundays), and the Meet the Maker tours are available on set dates. North Point’s tours are a little different too! Guests are invited into the heart of the production area and presented with a mixed drink of their choice, (soft drink for drivers), before sampling a wide range of the distillery’s products. The botanicals, as well as an ever changing range of casks are also introduced, and an easy relaxed conversation ensues. Book online here for this fully chilled experience. You’re sure to add to the list of five star reviews coming through!Staying locally? Thurso has a full range of accommodation from camping and caravan sites to smart hotels. The lovely Forss House Hotel is right on your doorstep here, so treat yourselves and enjoy some luxury in this historic and charming 14 bedroom hotel.
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