Day trip

From Inverness: Cairngorms National Park and Whisky Tour

Day trip

From Inverness: Cairngorms National Park and Whisky Tour

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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Delight in the rolling hills and wildlife of the Cairngorms National Park, relish a dram of whisky, and learn the legends and little-known secrets behind these two quintessential Scottish wonders.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Marvel at some of the UK's highest mountains in Cairngorms National Park
  • Explore the charming village of Carrbridge and the Old Packhorse Bridge
  • Walk along the sandy beaches of Loch Morlich or sit down for a cup of coffee
  • Enjoy the chance to visit Tomatin Distillery and sample delicious whisky
  • Immerse yourself in the Scottish Highlands and learn about them from your guide
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Depart Inverness and travel through the spellbinding landscapes of Speyside towards Dava Moor for some great views of the Cairngorms National Park. Keep your camera ready to capture the vibrant color of blooming heather if you’re visiting in the summer and autumn months. Visit the forest village of Carrbridge. Here, you can get some refreshments, breathe in the cool mountain air, and wander around the Old Packhorse Bridge. Continue south to Glenmore Forest Park, where you'll have free time to explore.

Take an optional walk through the woods to Loch Morlich, which is one of Scotland’s most scenic and popular lochs. You can admire a sandy beach and large and ancient pine trees before you make your way back to the mini-coach. If you prefer not to walk, there’s a café and exhibition at the visitor center.

After working up an appetite, head to Aviemore for lunch at your own expense. Finish off with a dram of whisky at Tomatin Distillery*. Savor the aromas of fruit and spice, and feel the passion for community and environment in this little town clustered around the distillery. Leave the remote landscapes behind and start your journey back to Inverness, where you'll arrive in the early evening.

  • Driver/guide
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tomatin Distillery tour and tasting (from April 1, 2023)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips

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Meeting point

All Inverness tours will depart from the bus stop next to Inverness Cathedral, Ardross Street, Inverness, IV3 5NS. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour departs.

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  • From April 1, 2023, admission to Tomatin Distillery will be included in the tour price. Before this date, the visit is optional and tickets can be purchased during the tour
  • You're restricted to 14 kg (31 lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22x17x10 inches) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 60 reviews

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First, this is a great trip because there are lots of stops and you have a chance to walk around both town and country. Second, there was Duncan, who's knowledge of Scottish history and Lore is pretty amazing. We also got introduced to some pretty awesome scotish music. A prefect day!

March 24, 2023

Fascinating "taster" of the Cairngorms. I think this should be renamed "Caringorms National Park & Speyside Whisky Tour" for it is not a tour of the Cairngorm mountains as such but rather the whole National Park. The nature of the roads means you get only one view from high up in the mountains, and it is very good, but you do not spend much time there. Other stops are Carrbridge, Boat of Garten (plus steam train), Loch Morlich (amazing beach), Aviemore (a tourist trap but a place to eat), Clava Cairns, and a distillery tour and whisky tasting. Our guide was James and we thought this a day well spent, James was very informative and put everyone at ease.

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March 24, 2023

We had the best time on this tour. I learnt so much I had to take notes on my phone - really interesting! By far the best part of this trip is the distillery tour it was very well organised and we had lots of fun! Our tour guide Kev was extremely knowledgeable and fun and he really made the trip! Even though there was a lot of driving I think it may have been my second favourite part as it meant we got to stare out the windows and take in the magnificent highland views.

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March 24, 2023

Product ID: 89820