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Deanston Distillery: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Edinburgh: Discovering Malt Whisky Distillery Day Tour

1. From Edinburgh: Discovering Malt Whisky Distillery Day Tour

Departing Edinburgh at 9:30 AM, your tour takes you west past Stirling to Glengoyne distillery. Here you will be introduced to the simple but magical process of turning barley, water, and yeast into whisky. From here, you take a scenic drive to the shores of Loch Lomond for a tasty pub lunch and the chance to sample some local beer. After lunch it is recommended to take a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch before heading towards the second distillery of the day. Deanston Distillery is a converted cotton mill on the banks of the River Teith has many interesting features and produces some unique whisky flavours. After a relaxed afternoon visit here you return to Edinburgh with the stories and flavors of single malt whisky fresh in your mind. You will return to Edinburgh at approximately 6:15 PM.

From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

2. From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in Edinburgh and climb into a private car or minivan to set off on your customizable tour. The route can be changed according to your personal interests and what you would like to see. There will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops throughout the journey. Venture into the Scottish Highlands and be blown away by the scenery, highland cattle, and castles that are older than some countries. Visit the graves of some of the most famous Scots who ever lived, namely Rob Roy McGregor.  Make a stop at the world-famous Deanston Whiskey Distillery, where you will have the option of touring the distillery or enjoying a tasting. Savor a sip of the 18-year-old single malt which comes thoroughly recommended.  If your feeling brave enough, have the chance to try haggis in one of the famous Scottish Gastropubs. Alternatively, have lunch in Deanston Distillery or the villages of Doune or Callander. Spend more time visiting the Scottish countryside or make a stop at Doune Castle - the choice is yours! Finally, return to Edinburgh where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

Stirling Castle, Whisky and Scenic Scotland from Edinburgh

3. Stirling Castle, Whisky and Scenic Scotland from Edinburgh

Head out from Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile for a drive along the Forth Valley to Stirling Castle. On the way you'll stop to see the spectacular Kelpies, which are 30-foot-high metal horse sculptures erected at the entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Arrive at Stirling Castle and have 90 minutes to tour the castle’s great halls, dungeons and narrow wynds or visit Stirling's Old Town, before you continue on to the Highlands. Experience the Mountains, Lochs and Glens of the beautiful Trossachs, and see Loch Lomond, considered by many to be the bonniest in Scotland. At Balmaha you can take a leisurely stroll along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. If you’re feeling energetic, take the high level millennium path for spectacular views across the whole expanse of the Loch. After lunch in the village of Aberfoyle, you'll take a short nature/fores walk to see the Little Fawn waterfall, before stopping to see some Scottish Highland cattle. Visit Loch Katrine, stepping into Sir Walter Scott’s poem, The Lady of the Lake, inspired by this beautiful place.  Afternoon Option 1: Arrive at Deanston Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. Take a 45-minute tour of the working distillery. Experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end, and learn why Scotch is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour finishes with an opportunity to taste the whisky. Afternoon Option 2: Your other option is to visit the nearby Doune Castle, dating from the 14th century, and a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander. You'll have 45 minutes to tour the castle if you'd prefer this option to the Whisky Distillery Tour. Depart Deanston Distillery/Doune Castle for the trip back to Edinburgh, arriving 18:30.

Private Scottish Lowlands Countryside Tour

4. Private Scottish Lowlands Countryside Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your knowledgeable local guide. Drive to Trossachs National Park to take in some of the most breathtaking views in Scotland. See the famous Loch Venachar backed by low, rugged mountains and plenty of sheep. Stop in at the picturesque village of Callander and indulge your fantasies of Scottish countryside life.  Drive on to Blackness Castle, recently featured in the Mary Queen of Scots movie, or Linlithgow Palace, Queen Mary's actual birthplace. Check out Doune Castle (featured in Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail) or visit Stirling Castle, the historic site of the Battle of Banockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated King Edward's army. From there, it's a quick journey to the impressive monument built in memory of Sir William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero. Last but not least, a stop at Deanston Distillery to sample the world-famous 18-year-old single malt is not to be missed. Let your guide know what interests you most and be sure to get the most out of your time in Scotland. 

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What people are saying about Deanston Distillery

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 267 reviews

What can I say, the day was excellent from start to finish. The tours were so informative and the distillery’s were great. But for me, the day was made possible by the excellent Kevin, our tour guide and bus driver. His knowledge, humour, information, music knowledge and track list just made it fantastic. Rabbies tours are great and having Kevin as a tour guide is the icing on the cake. I will be back and I hope to have Kevin as my tour guide again. Thank you Kevin for an awesome experience, you are a great person.

Good organization and division of the day. The departure point is centrally located and can be easily reached by public transport. Roger was a careful driver and imparted a lot of interesting information. Unfortunately, we were only informed on the trip that the tastings now have to be paid extra - around €18 per person and tasting (2 pieces). You should communicate that beforehand. But otherwise - great!

During our time in Scotland this was probably the activity we enjoyed most. We got to see the Scottish countryside while learning about its history from our amazing guide Jim Scott. Jim was knowledgeable and oh so entertaining. He really made the trip! We loved the whiskey but also really enjoyed our other stops—to see the Kelpies and the UNESCO World Heritage Bridge. Truly a day to remember!!

Glengoyne visit was amazing. Great tour guide, well explained, great demonstration and fantastic whisky. This was the best part of the tour. Deanston was more of an industrial distillery, not so great experience than Glengoyne. The tour worth it price and a great experience. The van was clean and comfortable.

Nice and interesting excursion to two different whiskey distilleries. Good guides at both distilleries, and a good and friendly driver / guide (Mike) on the bus. Recommended!