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Scotland's Whisky Distillery 'Pub Crawl' by Helicopter View Full Screen Itinerary

5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS, SELECTION OF SCOTLAND'S FAMOUS WHISKY DISTILLERIES ON ISLAY, ORKNEY & SKYE AS WELL AS SPEYSIDE. UNIQUE EXPERIENCES & LOCAL EXPERT GUIDES,  SCALLOP DIVING SAFARI WITH LOCAL LEGEND, WHISKY TASTING AND PAIRING WITH COUNTRY'S LEADING EXPERTS (MASTERS OF THE QUAICH), HIGHLAND HOSPITATLITY AT EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION, SUPERB CUISINE THROUGHOUT, RANGER ROVER VOGUES ON STANDBY WITH DRIVERS. 

Experience Scotland the 'Sandgrouse way', via private helicopter. Your tailor-made journey includes visits to some of the most incredible locations in Scotland and of course, is centred around Scotland's world-famous whisky making industry. 

Starting on the famous island of Islay, once a Viking stronghold, now a whisky making paradise, you will be thrust into a world of fine tasting and pairing as we partner you up with the islands leading whisky guide and author of serveral whisky/food books. We have arranged special tastings, visits and a unique lunch where you will learn more about the complexities of pairing whisky with foods. Today will include the likes of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Ardnahoe and the brilliant Kilchoman on the windswept north west Machair Bay.

On finishing your Islay experience it'll be a short hop to Scotland's longest continually inhabited castle, Duntrune - home to the 19th Laird of Poltalloch and Chief of Clan Malcolm. You will be warmly welcomed by the family and will enjoy a dinner hosted by the chief's son. Dining on local produce, caught or hunted from the hills around the estate the food is fantastic! This is Highland hospitality at it's best and truly an off-market experience reserved only for the few. 

Having had an incredible evening with one of Scotland's oldest families, the following morning your helicopter will depart heading to the stunning Isle of Mull. Here we have arranged for another off-market experience. You will be heading out today with a local legend, former writer, turned adventurer and ethical fisherman, Guy Grieve will be inviting you aboard one of his boats - you will embark on a Scallop diving safari. Guy dives himself, collecting incredible Scottish scallops from the seabed before preparing these delicious treats infront of you on a grill. If the weather is great, you could be in for a beach BBQ! Eitherway, a day with Guy on the water is a real Scottish experience to savour allowing you to fully connect with another of Scotland's famous industries. Guy is quite a character, having lived a year alone in the Alaskan wilderness, sailed the Atlantic Ocean and written many books! Guy now runs his own food company, called The Ethical Shelfish Co. - supplying some of the UK's top restaurants with hand-foraged and dived scallops, crabs and lobsters. This evening you will be staying in a castle hotel, Isle of Eriska near Oban. The Isle of Eriska is a Relais & Chateaux property, renowned for it's first class cuisine. On arrival at Oban Airport, your Range Rover transfers will be awaiting to take you the short distance to the hotel. 

Moving on from Oban  Airport, your next port of call is the Isle of Skye, here we have arranged for you to visit Talisker Whisky Distillery - before being transfered by x2 Range Rovers to one of Scotland's most respected restaurants - The Three Chimneys - where we have booked a table for you. From here you will be flown to your your own private lodge on a 23,000 acre Highland reserve. Alladale Wilderness Reserve is situated in one of the most remote parts of the UK, in the heart of Sutherland. Here the estate or wilderness reserve as it prefers to be known, has embarked on an ambitious and impressive 'rewilding' scheme - planting over 1-million native tree species in a bid to help re-establish the native Caledonian Pine Forest in this area. Red Squirrels have been successfully translocated to the estate, and one of Scotland's most important Scottish Wildcat Breeding Programmes is on site. Visit the cats, see the squirrels and enjoy an amazing stories from head Ranger Innis before relaxing in your Highland lodge. 

The following day we have arrange for you to visit the Orkney Islands. Here you will drop into Highland Park distillery for an exceptional tour. On your way south a pit-stop in Speyside has been scheduled. Here you wlll be able to visit the newly opened Macallan Visitos Centre and your drivers will be awaiting at the landing site. This evening is your last at Alladale and in Scotland, and we have arranged for you a special evening with one of the leading figures in the Whisky world. Charles Maclean - once Master of the Quaich and leading authority on Scotch whisky will accompany for an evening tasting and appreciating some of Scotland's best malts. The following morning we have arranged for you at Alladale, a late check-out allowing you time soaking up this special Highland setting far away from the rest of the world. We encourage you to take a short walk from the lodge to the newly set up Aquaponics site on the reserve close the main house. Here the lodge is growing all it's own veg in an impressive and futuristic, self-sufficient food production system. If you haven't yet had the time, visit the Scottish Wildcat enclosure

N.B. Price based on x5 adults

Dates: 5th June to 9th June 2019

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Full day on Isle of Islay visiting x3 Distilleries with local leading Whisky expert and guide Martine Nouet including private transfers and an extra-special lunch arranged by Martine. 
  • Duntrune Castle - longest inhabited castle on mainland Scotland
  • Estate stay with Clan Malcolm - hosted by the family - exceptional food and hospitlity
  • Isle of Mull - Scallop Diving Safari with local legend and fisherman including beach BBQ
  • Scheduled chopper hover over Glenfinnan Viaduct - Hogwart's Express crossing!
  • Isle of Skye - Talisker Whisky Distillery with informal tasting & famed Three Chimney's Restaurant lunch
  • Isle of Eriska Hotel & Spa - Relais & Chateaux property 
  • Private Highland Park Distillery Visit (Vintage Tour) on Isle of Orkney
  • Macallan Distillery Visit in Speyside
  • x2 Range Rover Vogues and Sandgrouse drivers on standby throughout trip. 
  • Alladale Wilderness Reserve and Lodge - exclusive 23,000 acres of private Highland heaven. 
  • An Evening with Scotch Whisky legend, Charles Maclean (at Alladale Lodge) - tastings, appreciation and dinner. 
  • Scottish Wildcat Breeding Programme enclosure visit. 
  • 24hr on the ground assistance from Sandgrouse staff 

Day 1

Day 1: Islay Whisky Tour & Ardifur Estate

Starting on the famous island of Islay, once a Viking stronghold, now a whisky making paradise, you will be thrust into a world of fine tasting and pairing as we partner you up with the islands leading whisky guide and author of serveral whisky/food books. We have arranged special tastings, visits...

Starting on the famous island of Islay, once a Viking stronghold, now a whisky making paradise, you will be thrust into a world of fine tasting and pairing as we partner you up with the islands leading whisky guide and author of serveral whisky/food books. We have arranged special tastings, visits and a unique lunch where you will learn more about the complexities of pairing whisky with foods. Today will include the likes of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Ardnahoe and the brilliant Kilchoman on the windswept north west Machair Bay.

On finishing your Islay experience it'll be a short hop to Scotland's longest continually inhabited castle, Duntrune - home to the 19th Laird of Poltalloch and Chief of Clan Malcolm. You will be warmly welcomed by the family and will enjoy a dinner hosted by the chief's son. Dining on local produce, caught or hunted from the hills around the estate the food is fantastic! This is Highland hospitality at it's best and truly an off-market experience reserved only for the few. 

 

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Day 2

Day 2: Scallop Diving Safari

Having had an incredible evening with one of Scotland's oldest families, the following morning your helicopter will depart heading to the stunning Isle of Mull. Here we have arranged for another off-market experience. You will be heading out today with a local legend, former writer, turned adventurer and eithical fisherman, Guy...

Having had an incredible evening with one of Scotland's oldest families, the following morning your helicopter will depart heading to the stunning Isle of Mull. Here we have arranged for another off-market experience. You will be heading out today with a local legend, former writer, turned adventurer and eithical fisherman, Guy Grieve will be inviting you aboard one of his boats - you will embark on a Scallop diving safari.

Guy dives himself, collecting incredible Scottish scallops from the seabed before preparing these delicious treats infront of you on a grill. If the weather is great, you could be in for a beach BBQ! Eitherway, a day with Guy on the water is a real Scottish experience to savour allowing you to fully connect with another of Scotland's famous industries.

Guy is quite a character, having lived a year alone in the Alaskan wilderness, sailed the Atlantic Ocean and written many books! Guy now runs his own food company, called The Ethical Shelfish Co. - supplying some of the UK's top restaurants with hand-foraged and dived scallops, crabs and lobsters.

This evening you will be staying in a castle hotel, Isle of Eriska near Oban. The Isle of Eriska is a Relais & Chateaux property, renowned for it's first class cuisine. On arrival at Oban Airport, your Range Rover transfers will be awaiting to take you the short distance to the hotel. 

 

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Day 3

Day 3: Glenfinnan, Isle of Skye - Talisker & Alladale

Moving on from Oban  Airport, your next port of call is the Isle of Skye, here we have arranged for you to visit Talisker Whisky Distillery - before being transfered by x2 Range Rovers to one of Scotland's most respected restaurants - The Three Chimneys- where we have booked a table for you.

Moving on from Oban  Airport, your next port of call is the Isle of Skye, here we have arranged for you to visit Talisker Whisky Distillery - before being transfered by x2 Range Rovers to one of Scotland's most respected restaurants - The Three Chimneys- where we have booked a table for you.

On your way to the Isle of Skye today, you have the chance to have an incredible scenic flight. We recommend timing your flight for 11:30 around Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. Here you will be able to watch the Jacobite Steam train puff it's way across arguably one of the world's most well known viaducts surrounded by stunning mountains. 

From here you will be flown to your your own private lodge on a 23,000 acre Highland reserve. Alladale Wilderness Reserve is situated in one of the most remote parts of the UK, in the heart of Sutherland. Here the estate or wilderness reserve as it prefers to be known, has embarked on an ambitious and impressive 'rewilding' scheme - planting over 1-million native tree species in a bid to help re-establish the native Caledonian Pine Forest in this area. Red Squirrels have been successfully translocated to the estate, and one of Scotland's most important Scottish Wildcat Breeding Programmes is on site. Visit the cats, see the squirrels and enjoy an amazing Land Rover safari with the head Ranger Innis before relaxing in your Highland lodge. 

 

 

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Day 4

Day 4: Highland Park on Orkney with Speyside classic

Today you will be enjoying waking up in a beautiful Highland setting. After a sumptuous breakfast in the lodges' main dining room, it'll be time to head down to the chopper. We have arranged for you to visit Highland Park distillery on Orkney on a private tour basis.

Today you will be enjoying waking up in a beautiful Highland setting. After a sumptuous breakfast in the lodges' main dining room, it'll be time to head down to the chopper. We have arranged for you to visit Highland Park distillery on Orkney on a private tour basis.

We have arranged for you to enjoy an incredibly comprehensive visit to Highland Park, Edrington will pull out all the stops with some of their finest tastings made available to you with a 3-hour tour. You will be met at Orkeny Airport by the team, who will transfer you to and from the distillery in their cars for this extra special "vintage tour". 

After enjoying some great Orcadian hospitality and a memorable experience it'll be time to head south agin. On your way back we have set up a drop in to Speyside for you. Here you will be landing in the village of Craigcallechie before your Range Rovers whisk you off to the newly opened and impressive state-of-the-art Macallan distillery.  

This evening is your last at Alladale and in Scotland, and we have arranged for you a special evening with one of the leading figures in the Whisky world. Charles Maclean - once Master of the Quaich and leading authority on Scotch whisky will accompany for an evening tasting and appreciating some of Scotland's best malts. Joining you for dinner will be your fantastic host Pieter, and the wilderness reserves head stalker/ghullie who has been at the heart of much of the estates sporting action for the past 25 years, as well as the new rewilding projects. 

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Day 5

Day 5: Relaxed Final Morning in Scotland

This morning we have arranged for you at Alladale, a late check-out allowing you time to fully appreciate the serenity of Alladale Lodge. Take a short walk down the estate driveaway to the newly set up Aquaponics site on the reserve close the main lodge. Here the lodge is growing all...

This morning we have arranged for you at Alladale, a late check-out allowing you time to fully appreciate the serenity of Alladale Lodge. Take a short walk down the estate driveaway to the newly set up Aquaponics site on the reserve close the main lodge. Here the lodge is growing all it's own veg in an impressive and futuristic, self-sufficient food production system. 

If you haven't already had time to visit it, we recommend you ask Innis the head stalker to show you the Scottish Wildcat Breeding Programme enclosure. To see these remarkable cats (rarer than the Indian Tiger) is a naturalist dream. The breeding programme recently successfully rared two kittens and these will be around 1-year old by the time you visit the reserve!

Leaving Alladale you will fly south having had a truly remarkable few days in Scotland. We thank you for choosing to visit Scotland, and using Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions and we hope to see you again soon. 

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What's Included:

Private full-day Isle of Islay Whisky Tour with Martine Nouet - leading whisky guide on Islay and author of serveral whisky and food books. Today you will visit Ardbeg, Ardnahoe, Laphroig and Kilchoman (Private tour) Distilleries as well as enjoy a private lunch with Martine who will introduce you to the ideas of pairing whisky closely with foods. Today also includes a private driver and car whilst on the beautiful island. 

Accommodation at Ardifur Estate with The Malcolm Family, next to Duntrune Castle. Duntrune Castle is Scotland's longest continually inhabited mainland castle and home to the 19th Laird of Poltalloch, Cheif of Clan Malcolm. This evening you will be hosted by the family in the farm house and served a superb home--cooked meal from estate shot venison, game and loch caught seafood. We are sure you will have a superb evening sharing stories in great company. 

Full-day Isle of Mull excursion, Scallop Diving Safari with local personality, Guy Greive. Guy is the owner of Ethical Shellfish Company and an adventurer, author and all round great guy. He will treat you to a day on the water highlighting everything from local marine life, to sights on the mainland. You will enjoy a freshly caught seafood lunch with Guy today either onboard his boat or on the shore at a beautiful beach. Guy has previously lived alone in the wilderness of Alaska, building his own log cabin and hunting his own food. He has also sailed the Atlantic, and was a journalist at The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh. He now writes for various magazines as well as running his successful fishing company. 

Oban Airport transfer to Isle of Eriska Hotel via x2 Sandgrouse Range Rovers Vogues. 

Acommodation at Isle of Eriska Hotel & Spa (5*) in x3 Classic Rooms (Double & x2 Twins) on a Bed & Breakfast basis. This is a Relais & Chateaux property, set on it's own private island (350-acre island). If you have time this evening why not enjoy the spa before dinner in the main dining room of the castle. 

Private transfer to Oban Airport via x2 Sandgrouse Range Rovers

Scenic Helicopter flight to Glenfinnan Viaduct - 11:15am - watch the Jacobite Steam Train (Hogwarts' Express) steam over the world famous viaduct whilst hovering above from the air. Take a scenic flight onwards via the 'Small Isles' including Rum, Eigg and Muck before heading north over the Cuillin Mountains on Skye to land at Three Chimney's Restaurant.  

Lunch reservation at The Three Chimneys on Isle of Skye for x5 at 12-noon. Including secured chopper landing site adjacent to restaurant. (Lunch on own account)

Private transfers to and from Talisker Distillery in Sandgrouse Range Rover Vogues. 

Talisker Distillery Visit for Shared 'Whisky Flight Tour - Informal Tastings' included. 

Acccommodation at Alladale Wilderness Reserve - Alladale Lodge on an exclusive basis. 23,000 acres of private estate or wilderness reserve lay at your disposal. Landing the chopper a short drive from the main lodge, you will be met by the team who will warmly welcome you to your HIghland lodge for the next two nights. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included in your stay. 

Visit to Highland Park distillery on Orkney including Airport pick up and drop off. The Highland Park distillery tour will be on a private basis and will last 3 hours. This is a comprehensive tour and will include tastings of vintage whiskies. Some Edringron specials await! 

Speyside Visit. With the aim of Macallan distillery for a shared tour. Helicopter landing site secured in conjunction with Sandgrouse Range Rovers. (N.B. I am awaiting special clearence from Erdrington for this visit as the week you wish to visit the new visitors centre is holding various events to mark the anniversary of the opening of the centre). 

Invitation to Alladale Wilderness Reserves head stalker/ghillie and naturalist Innis for dinner at the lodge. 

An Evening with Charles Maclean - Leading Expert in Scotch Whisky. Dinner at the lodge with Charles Maclean including tasting and appreciation. Charles is a huge character and will make an amazing guest at tonights dinner - helping you to further appreciate the subtlies of fine Scotch whiskies. 

9th June - A late check-out has been arranged today for you at Alladale.  

Scottish Wildcat Breeding Programme enclosure visit. Scottish Wildcat's are rarer than Tigers and critically endangered as a species. The work being carried at around Scotland at capture breeding enclosures is ensuring the gene pool survives bringing numbers up before translocation work can begin in earnest.  

Aquaponics visit on site at Alladale Wilderness Reserve - the lodge is now growing all their own veg in an incredible, sustainable and futuristic scheme. 

24-hr, on the ground services and assistance from x2 dedicated Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions menbers of staff. 

x2 Sandgrouse Range Rover Vogue vehicles on stand-by throughout your trip and useable where possible (please understand there is a time delay in getting the cars from location to location however we have planned the trip to include our travel times and where it is not possible to have the cars, we have a driver and car of a suitable size arranged - ie Islay on day-1). 

Pilot support. We are able to help your pilot secure access, landing sites and with any other help they may require. 

End of Services. Thank you for choosing to travel with Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions. 

Parking up at some of Scotland's standing stones

Charles Maclean - Scotch Whisky Expert
Charles Maclean - Scotch Whisky Expert

Meet your whisky expert and industry legend, Charles Maclean. Charles will accompany you for an evening of enjoyment and whisky tasting at the stunning Alladale Lodge. 

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