Dunvegan Castle and Whiskey Tasting Tour (includes lunch & tasting)
Full Day Tour
Your ship will anchor off shore and use tenders to transport you ashore, to the tiny harbour of Portree, the name of the town of Portree commemorates the visit of King James the V in 1540, records have it that it was originally called Portray and was believed to have been inhabited as far back as the Mesolithic period.
You'll board your Bus in the main square and travel west towards Dunvegan Castle travelling parallel to Loch Snizort with fascinating views of the Trotternish peninsula, you'll pass through the town of Dunvegan to arrive at the castle for a visit.
Dunvegan castle is the only castle in northern Scotland to have been continuously inhabited by the same Clan, Chiefs of MacLeod for over 800 years. Still home of the present Chief, John MacLeod of MacLeod, the 29th of the line and his family.
Hear you have two options: either to enter the gardens at the back of the castle prior to entering the castle or to enter the castle via the bridge over the old moat and go to the gardens later. Entering the castle through the oldest part of it dating back to the 15th century, the interior displays the famous Fairy Flag (Scottish Gaelic: Am Bratach Sith), Legend has it that this sacred Banner has miraculous powers and when unfurled in battle, the Clan MacLeod will defeat their enemies. There are also a number of Jacobite relics, possessions of Flora MacDonald, heroine of Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape from Government troops in the aftermath of Culloden.
From the castle we shall travel 5 minutes by bus to the restaurant where we will shall dine eating the very best of the Scottish cusine*.
After your lunch the journey continues south through the area where Samuel Johnson and James Boswell resided in the 1770's, writing about the wild and rain-lashed Western Isles of Scotland, we continue towards Sligachan, around Loch Bracadale and through Glen Drynock, where we will stop for a stroll towards and over the old Sligachan bridge. A three-span rubble bridge, with a pronounced hump, engineered by Thomas Ford Built c. 1810-18. The river Sligachan with it's crystal clear waters that flow from the Black Cullin mountain range, photos can be taken from the bridge; the meeting point of both the Black and the Red Cullin ranges.
Into the Whiskey bar of the year for the last 3 consecutive years we go, where our Whiskey tasting experience begins, the bar hold more than 400 different whiskeys where the owner our host will introduce the Whiskeys.
Turning northwards returning to the harbour having toured part of the most picturesque of all the inner Hebrides isles lying off the Scottish mainland.
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over varying uneven terrain with gravel, cobblestone surfaces and wooden floors and thick carpets within the castle.
Guests will have to negotiate some steps within the castle itself. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Exterior walking portions of the listed tours will be conducted in all weather conditions (rain or shine).
Guests are advised to take the appropriate weather gear and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Transportation has been obtained for the excursion program; however, all vehicles' air-conditioning systems may not be to North American standards.
* Drinks (except water) are not included and have to be paid for by yourselves.
These are the Ships we will be offering Shore Excursions for :
|Name of Ship||Cruise Company||Date|
|Boudicca||Fred Olsen Cruise Lines||11 May 2017|
|Zuiderdam||Holland American Line||24 May 2017|
|Zuiderdam||Holland American Line||29 June 2017|
|Journey||Azamara Cruises||28 July 2017|
|Zuiderdam||Holland American Line||01 August 2017|
|Oriana||P&O Cruises||02 August 2017|
|Artiana||Phoenix Bonn||08 August 2017|
|Rotterdam||Holland American Line||26 August 2017|
If yours ship is not in the list above contact us.
Shore Excursion Terms & Conditions.
All Prices quoted in Pound Stirling (GBP): Adult 99.99 / Child 89.99
Duration: 5 hr(s) 30 min(s)
Departure Time: Depending on arrival of Ship, however our staff will be on the Pier waiting for you.