ACCOMMODATION, PUBS & RESTAURANTS
After a busy day of touring distilleries and sampling whisky, ‘the water of life’, at the award-winning distilleries of Scotland, getting to grips with the Loch Ness monster, or hiking up a Munro, you’ll need some food, drinks and a good night’s rest.
After years of experience of living and working in Scotland, our team has gained great knowledge of where to stay. We know the best hotels, local bed and breakfasts, pubs and restaurants. Many are near to the distilleries that you will visit on your tour.
Some of the best whisky pubs and bars we’ve found in Scotland also have accommodation and food available. We can accommodate all kinds of requests on our tours. You could visit a few of these highly rated pubs on your trip. They include:
THE HIGHLANDER INN
Based in the heart of Speyside, one of the biggest whisky producing regions, (or the epicentre of the whisky universe, if you go by the rather dramatic tagline on the Inn’s website) The Highlander Inn is more of an institution than a bar.
Owner Tatsuya Minagawa is an icon in the industry and his welcome is to some people as big a draw as the bar’s collection, and what a collection it is, with 400 different whiskies, including a large number of single cask malt whiskies – it is a must see.
Interestingly, the bar also claims to have one of the largest selections of Japanese whiskies available outside South East Asia, and with a patio just outside the bar, there’s a perfect place for you to enjoy a cigar and a dram on a warm and dry summer night.
THE QUAICH BAR
Located at the Craigellachie Hotel – Speyside – The Craigellachie Hotel is one of the best known hotels in Scotland, first built in the 1800s, the hotel is a favourite among visitors to the region’s distilleries and fishing spots. It is also probably as well known as some of the distilleries that surround it.
The Quaich Bar will astound you with its knowledgeable staff and amazing collection of malts (there are over 700). If you’re a foodie as well as a fan of whisky, then you won’t be disappointed as the Craigellachie’s own Copper Dog restaurant named after the devices distillery workers used to ‘sample’ whisky from casks in storage. With food sourced within a 40 mile radius from local hand-picked suppliers and an award-winning chef, it’s the place to go for some fantastic Scottish dishes to accompany your chosen dram.
THE FIDDLER’S BAR & RESTAURANT
In the Highlands this is a multiple award-winning family-run business operated by the Beach family since 1996. Serving salmon, beef or game as well as award-winning haggis, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great food.
However, it’s the whisky selection and service that will really get your attention. Check out their Top Ten Desert Island Drams list for a choice of great whiskies that the staff will happily recommend or kick back and enjoy their famous whisky library which includes nearly all the named Scottish single malts. For those of you who are just starting out on the journey to whisky enlightenment, the bar offers triple tastings and whisky flights to help advise you on where to begin.
The Fiddler’s also happens to be on the ‘Great Glen Way’, a 73 miles walk that runs from Fort William, in the west, to Inverness, so you’ll have no excuse not to visit if you’re taking part. Accommodation is also on offer, so should you be tired after all that walking/feasting/drinking then you’ll have a place to lay your head for the night.
AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE
“What a fun day we had, an amazing experience from start to finish. Everything was well paced and exceptionally fun. Made many friends and will definately be going on another tour when I’m back”