Coach transfers will be provided for the following three tours.
Auchentoshan Distillery, located just west of Glasgow, is one of the six Lowland distilleries in Scotland and its whisky has won multiple awards. The tour round this large distillery takes you through all the stages of whisky-making and culminates in a tasting.
25min drive to Auchentoshan
Total excursion time: 2 hrs
Cruise on Loch Lomond - Fully booked
Loch Lomond known as the Queen of Scottish Lochs is the largest expanse of fresh water in Great Britain measuring 23 miles long and 5 miles wide, and is Scotland’s third deepest Loch at 636 feet deep. The Loch, one of the most beautiful lakes in Scotland, spans the boundary between the Highlands and the Scottish Lowland.
The excursion sets off on the Silver Dolphin from Balloch, a village on the southern-most point of the loch and the cruise includes a short stop at Luss, a picturesque, historic village about half-way up the western shore.
40min drive to Balloch
Total excursion time: 6 hrs
Tour of Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1890s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification in the region from the earliest times.
Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century.
Before the union with England, Stirling Castle was also one of the most used of the many Scottish royal residences, very much a palace as well as a fortress. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542, and others were born or died there.
40min drive to Stirling
90min tour of the castle
60min free time in Stirling
Total excursion time: 4 hrs
In 2018, Scotland exported over 1.25 billion bottles of whisky to the rest of the world. How is it that a cold, wet country at the edge of Europe with a population smaller than that of New York, London or Tokyo produces a drink that can be found in any bar on the planet? In this event, we will be sampling 6 different whiskies from around Scotland that will illustrate how the production and ageing processes affect its taste. Specifically we’ll look at the effects of maturing whisky in oak casks that have previously held sherry or bourbon, and the effects of using peat to dry the barley prior to fermentation. If you have never tasted scotch malt whisky before, or just want to taste six of the finest distilled liquors on the planet, then please come along and join us.
The tasting will be run by Prof Malcolm McMahon from the School of Physics & Astronomy at The University of Edinburgh. It will be held at the SEC.