We will meet you at Aberdeen Dyce Airport and transport you by private van through the beautiful Scottish countryside to your home for the week in the Central Scottish Highlands. After settling in, we will all be ready for a scrumptious dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris educated Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.
After a hearty breakfast we will head to the Glenfiddich Distillery. Here we will have an inspiring tour and tasting at the home of the world’s most awarded malt whisky. Our tour, the Glenfiddich Solera: Deconstructed Tour. This in-depth tour will allow enthusiasts to discover the true art of whisky making. Following your distillery tour, visit warehouse 8, home to the unique Solera process and discover what makes the 15 year old such an exceptional dram. You’ll then be taken into the Malt Masters Blending Room. Here you will enjoy tasting a number of cask-strength 15 year old samples. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to step into the Malt Master Brian Kinsman’s role – preparing your very own version of Glenfiddich 15 year old by combining different cask samples together. Each guest will be able to bottle a small sample of their own creation to keep. Lunch at a local pub or restaurant.* Then on to Speyside Cooperage. In the heart of Scotland’s rolling hills lies Speyside Cooperage, the only working cooperage in the UK where you can experience the ancient art of coopering (barrel making). Home to dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris educated Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.
After breakfast, we will visit Fyvie Castle – Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie’s 800-year-old history. But stories aside, we do know William the Lion was at Fyvie around 1214 and later Robert the Bruce and Charles I were among its royal guests. Lunch at a local pub or restaurant.* Home to dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris educated Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.
Today we will visit the Johnston Elgin Mill. Founded in 1797, Johnstons of Elgin, is one of the premiere wool mills in the world. Out of Scotland Johnstons makes arguably the best cashmere and woolen knits in the world. We will take a guided tour of the entire manufacturing process with one of their experienced tour guides. Watch for yourself as the cashmere is dyed, teased, carded, spun and hand finished by the latest generation of Elgin craftsmen, then visit their store. Lunch out in a local Pub.* Then on to the ruins of Elgin Cathedral. The cathedral—dedicated to the Holy Trinity—was established in 1224 on land granted by King Alexander II outside the burgh of Elgin and close to the River Lossie. By the time of the Scottish Reformation in 1560, the cathedral was abandoned and its services transferred. Begun in 1224, Elgin was the principal church of the bishops of Moray. It lost its roof shortly after the Protestant Reformation of 1560, and later its central tower fell. But the cathedral’s fortunes began to change when it became a visitor attraction in the early 1800s. Home to dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris educated Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.
After a hearty breakfast, we will venture into the Scottish countryside to visit some ancient sites of the Scottish ancestors. Then on to Strathisla. This small, intimate distillery was built in 1786 on the banks of the river Isla, and today is the oldest and most picturesque distillery in the highlands of Scotland. This classic Speyside malt has a deep fruitiness with a complex array of nutty and hay-like flavors and is the heart of all the Chivas Regal blends. Lunch at a local pub or restaurant.* And then a little shopping while non-shoppers can hang out in a local pub. Home to dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris educated Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.
A filling breakfast and on to Knockando Woolmill which sits deep in the Spey Valley, on the same site it has occupied for over 230 years. Fresh, contemporary designs are woven alongside traditional tweeds and classic woolen blankets – all produced with the same attention to detail and skilled craftsmanship that has been at the heart of the Woolmill since the beginning. A great place to learn all about weaving! Also a good opportunity to take home their woolen plaid clothing, blankets and gifts.
Lunch in a local Pub* then on to Caorunn Gin Distillery. While on tour, you will gain an insight into the artisanal production process through a privileged behind-the-scenes tour of the production area. After the guided tour you will then experience the unique opportunity to enjoy a tutored deconstructed nosing and tasting session. Each session features Caorunn’s five locally foraged and six traditional botanicals, botanical essences, and a neat sample of Caorunn. Home to dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris educated Chef Walter and the Artistic Gourmet Adventures Staff.
After a full breakfast, we will say goodbye and transport you to the Aberdeen Airport to return home or on to your next destination!
*Lunches out are not included in the Adventure cost
One of the most stunning castles in the North East, Fyvie Castle has a rich 800-year history.
Tradition claims that the castle’s five successive families – Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon and Forbes-Leith – each added a tower to this magnificent Scottish Baronial fortress. The Preston and Seton families built the towers forming the East Wing in the 14th and 17th centuries respectively.
The castle is located within extensive grounds; we can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the beautiful walled garden, parkland and loch, and then relax with a cup of tea our snug. The Preston Tower is in the east wing and offers us the opportunity to stay in this fabulous castle, which has welcomed many important guests in its past, among them Robert the Bruce, Edward I and Charles I. This pleasant and very unusual accommodation, in the Preston and Seton Towers, is constructed between four floors with a number of intermediate floors, and is accessed via a large carpeted spiral staircase. The tower is furnished to a high standard with predominantly antique furniture.
One of the National Trust for Scotland’s most prestigious properties, The Preston Tower offers a truly exceptional stay at any time of the year.
Stretching across Fyvie Castle’s Preston and Seton Towers, providing stunning accommodation for our Adventurers, it is the ultimate choice for a memorable Adventure in Scotland.
Discover four enchanting floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, a spiral staircase and even a bedroom within one of the traditional turrets, a truly magical stay in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire.
Spend quality time within these historic walls, where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence.
Celebrate in the grandiose second floor dining room, complete with traditional Scottish tartan carpet, or delight in a catch-up within the spacious drawing room, with a TV in here too for an evening of entertainment.
Find a peaceful moment within the snug, which can also be used as a study where you can delve into a good book.
The bedrooms are spread across all four floors making the most of the lavish space and providing each guest with an elegant place to rest their heads, boasting antique furnishings throughout each unique sleeping spot.
Explore the stunning redeveloped gardens of Fyvie Castle, now home to Scottish fruits and vegetables, with impressive lawned areas to roam, making a pleasant picnic spot in the summer.
This splendorous castle is a prime example of Scottish Baronial architecture; with ghosts, legends and folklore lurking within the walls, we will take a tour during our stay and see the elaborate wood paneling, suits of armor and fine tapestries, all symbolizing the wealth of its past owners.