If you're looking for day trip inspiration near Edinburgh, then taking a tour at Blair Athol Distillery could be just what you're looking for. The distillery is located in Pitlochry, which is a small town in the Scottish Highlands that's only an hour and a half from Edinburgh by car or train. If you want to really get away from it all and enjoy some whisky tasting, then give yourself about an hour and a half to reach the Scottish Highlands. You may also find yourself deciding to spend the night in Pitlochry instead of returning to Edinburgh because this town makes for a great base for exploring Scotland's countryside even more.
It's a beautiful setting, with a great history and the distillery is also a great place to learn about whisky. The tour itself is well worth the trip, but if that piques your interest there are plenty of other attractions in the area too!
The distillery is the former home to Bell's whisky and serves as an important part of the history of Blair Atholl Castle.
You can take a tour of the distillery and learn more about its history and how it has been producing whisky for more than 200 years. You will also have the opportunity to sample some of their products at their tasting bar called the mash tun. Book in advance, as well as a visit to Blair Castle, one of the most spectacular castle tours in all of Scotland, and Host of the Blair Horse Trials at the end of August every year, truly something to see, beautiful horses from all over Europe competing in equestrian events as well as the poshest open market I've ever seen.
So if you want to really get away from it all and enjoy some whisky tasting, then give yourself about an hour and a half to reach the Scottish Highlands. Blair Athol is close to the geographic center of all of Scotland
If you’re staying in Edinburgh, the Blair Athol Distillery is a little over an hour away. If you're in Glasgow and want to make the trip, it'll take about an hour and forty minutes. The same goes for Perth, Inverness and Dundee (although it takes around two hours). Stirling is slightly further away at 2 hours 45 minutes.
You may also find yourself deciding to spend the night in Pitlochry instead of returning to Edinburgh because this town makes for a great base for exploring Scotland's countryside even more.
There is plenty of great shopping and 4 distilleries nearby Blair Athol Distillery, they are Edradour, a wonderful historic distillery, Dewars of Aberfeldy which is one of the most attractive distilleries in all of Scotland, and Dalhwhinnie which is a short drive west.
Visiting the Scottish Highlands is easy from Edinburgh, so consider visiting if you want whisky tasting or distillery tours.
Visiting the Scottish Highlands is easy from Edinburgh, so consider visiting if you want whisky tasting or distillery tours. The Blair Athol Distillery is a great place to visit when you're in Pitlochry. They offer tours of the distillery and a chance to sample their whisky, as well as enjoy some scenic views of the countryside. When you pull up a stool at the mash tun bar and do a tasting with one of the most knowledgeable staff in all of Scotland you tell me you've not won it all. The bar is made from an old Mashtun thus it is named, plenty of tourists sampling Blair Atholl expressions, plus many locals because it is one of the nicest bars in the area.
Pitlochry and Blair Athol distillery is so worth a trip from anywhere in Scotland, and be sure to tour Blair Castle while you're there, and if you're in the mood for some country clothing visit Braur House to have your mind truly blown!
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