THEME TRIP
AlL Inclusive WHISKY TRIP SCOTLAND
25 – 29 SEPT 2024
€1125,-

For all the Bourgondiërs out there! On this trip we’ll indulge you in the famous Scottish Whisky culture. We will visit three different whisky distilleries where we’ll learn all about the process of whisky-making and the history of it. And of course taste their whiskies! And the good thing is; you can try as much as you want – you don’t have to drive anyway!

As you’re used from us, we will of course combine whisky tasting with nice activities. We’ve checked some great (chain) hikes around that we’ll take you on. We’ll visit the historical town of Pitlochry and learn the craft of woodcarving. We’ll get some adrenaline rush while rafting the rapid 3-4 river* around and finish the trip by enjoying a fancy 3-course dinner with matching whiskies!

We’ll turn on the music while we cruise along the roads together. You’ll meet new people, with whom we’ll be eating and sleeping in the bus on four different camp spots. Of course bonfires will be part of the weekend as well! 

La Karavana is a 48 year old double decker bus that we, Jolisa, Saskia and Eileen, converted into a mobile group accommodation. Our bus has everything you need; a fully equipped kitchen, living room, upstairs lounge, 9 comfy beds and a heater just to be sure. All food & most activities are included in the price.

*Optional activity

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TRIP INFORMATION

Practical Information

Pick Up & Drop-Off
Edinburgh.

On September 25th at 08.30 we will pick you up at the Waverley Train station in Edinburgh.

We’ll drop you off on a direct bus that takes you there again on September 29th around 12.00.

Food & Drinks
All meals are included.
All whisky tastings at the distilleries are included
3-course dinner in restaurant with accompanied whiskies are included

You can drink as much coffee, tea, water or lemonade as you like. Other drinks like beer, wine or soda are not included but can be bought on the bus. 

Your accommodation

The Bus

Of course part of the fun is to be driving & living in our oldtimer bus, transformed from an old public transportation bus into a comfortable group accommodation.

You’ll sleep in a comfortable bed, either a bunk-bed or a single bed. Your bed has its own little light, curtain and space underneath for your belongings.

Upstairs you’ll also find the lounge with a view, while downstairs is the living area, with kitchen and dining area. Both areas have what we call in Dutch ‘ARKO’ (Alle Ramen Kunnen Open’) and a heating system for the colder nights.

Downstairs we have a big lounge / dining area with heater, where you can start your day with a cup of coffee or enjoy conversation till we’re too tired to talk. 

The Campsite

We’ll park the bus at different unique locations. We will use the sanitary facilities such as shower and toilet from the campsite or otherwise we have an emergency toilet on the bus too, in case you had too many whiskies.

What’s included
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 2 hosts (drivers, chefs and mechanics at the same time)
  • Bonfiresss
  • Transportation between pick-up & drop-off point

FOOD & DRINKS

  • Welcome drinks & snacks
  • All your meals (4x breakfast, 4x (packed) lunch, 4x dinner)
  • 3 course dinner including fitting whiskies in restaurant in Edinburgh (other drinks are not included)
  • All your coffee, tea, water & lemonade

ACTIVITIES

  • Visit 3 whisky distilleries 
  • 2 whisky tours + tasting 
  • 3 course dinner including matching whiskies in restaurant in Edinburgh
  • Workshop ‘how to make your own Aqua Vitae’ at Lindores distillery
  • Private sauna on the beach
  • Workshop wood carving
  • Beautiful hikes


What’s not included
  • Drinks other than the above mentioned (drinks can be bought on the bus)
  • Transportation to pick-up & from drop-off location (Edinburgh)
  • Towel
  • Travel Insurance

ACTIVITIES

  •  Rafting a Class 3/4 river (€75)


How to get there

There are several ways to get to Edinburgh and Inverness. 

Ferry
There’s a direct ferry leaving from Ijmuiden (Netherlands) to Newcastle, from there you can easily take a train to our pick up location in Edinburgh. Ideal for the Dutchies amongst us! For more information on their schedule and bookings, check out  their website.

Train
Would you like to feel on a holiday as soon as you leave your doorstep? Then consider the train!
There’s a good connection between Amsterdam and London, which will take you there in 4 hours. For tickets and the schedule,  check the Eurostar website.

Please note: at the moment of writing it’s unclear if this connection will still be available in September 2024. They’re working on a solution however. Keep an eye out on the Eurostar website for updated information. 

From London you can take the train to Edinburgh.

If you’re coming from abroad, then   this website might be useful when planning your trip.

Flight
There are many flights taking off and arriving in both Edinburgh airport daily. This is definitely the fastest way to travel. Edinburgh is also well connected with low budget airlines.

EasyJet flies from Amsterdam to Edinburgh every day.

Coming from somewhere else? We like these websites:  Google Flights or   Skyscanner.

Cancellation Policy

We would recommend you to just join.  
But if inevitable, and you do really have to cancel your trip, these are our cancellation policies:ur cancellation policy is as follows:-

  • Within 48 hours after booking: 100% refund
  • More than 120 days prior to departure: you pay administration fee of €45
  • Till 120 days prior to departure: you pay 10% of the travel fee (with a minimum of €45 administration fee)
  • Till 90 days prior to departure: you pay 20% of the travel fee
  • Till 60 days prior to departure: you pay 30% of the travel fee
  • Till 30 days prior to departure: you pay 50% of the travel fee
  • 15 – 29 days prior to departure: you pay 80% of the travel fee
  • Less than 15 days prior to departure: you pay 100% of the travel fee 

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Coastal Hike, Sauna & Kingsbarns Distillery

Rise and shine! At 08.30 we will pick you up at the Edinburgh Waverley (main) station and cruise towards our first destination; the fife coastal hike! Yes, before it’s time for a whisky-treat, we will explore the area together. This is a beautiful 4hr coastal path that will allow us to discover the rough coastline. 

After working hard – we can relax our muscles and enjoy the beach-sauna – which we reserved just for us!

Now that we’ve warmed up, it’s time to do what we came here for; Whisky tasting!! We’ll head off to our first whisky distillery; the beautiful Kingsbarns Distillery. 

We’ll all sleep on our bus on a campsite, where we’ll have dinner and perhaps try some more whiskies.

Day 2 – Climb&Hike, Make your own Aqua Vitae @ Lindores Distillery

Today we start with an active climb & hike along the rough & beautiful coastline! (If you prefer to have an easy morning, you can also decide to skip this activity and relax in the bus). 

We continue our way further north and in the smoke of Dundee, where we’ll visit the Lindores Distillery. This distillery is particularly famous for it’s rich history. There’s a museum where we will find out all about it, the current building is fairly new but we the ruins of the original building can still be visited! We’ll experience another side of the whisky making process and will learn to make our own ‘Aqua Vitae’. Aqua Vitae is a multi award winning, handcrafted botanical spirit, made here on site already  over 500 years ago using spices, dried fruit and locally grown green herbs. 

We’ll drive to our sleeping place for the night, where we’ll cook for you, we set up camp and look back on our second day.

Day 3 – Visit Pitlochry & Blair Athol Distillery.

Before heading out, we’ll indulge ourselves in the craft of woodcarving. We’ll have a 3-hr workshop where we’ll learn all about it and of course, we get to take our own creation home!

Then we’ll head to the pittoresque town of Pitlochry with it’s lovely old houses. In Pitlochry we get to experience the spectacle called ‘The Salmon Ladder’. This is where over 5000 salmon come every year to make babies. Due to the build of the dam, salmon couldn’t swim upstream any longer, so a ‘Salmon Ladder’ was created. It is 310 metres in length and has 34 pools. 

We will visit the beautiful Blair Athol Distillery, with one of the nicest bars we’ve seen. In this distillery, which is located at the gateway to the Scottish highlands, we will learn about the process of whisky making, the history and of course try their whisky! We’ll get to taste 3 different drams and can of course take a seat in the bar we just mentioned to enjoy more – one of the advantages of not having to drive the entire trip!

We’ll make our way to the beautifully situated ‘Ardgualich Farm’ campsite, right  at the edge of the lake! If the weather permits, we can make some bonfires, drink some more whisky and eat marshmallows! A perfect way to end our third day! 

Day 4 – Rafting, Edinburgh & special 3-course whisky dinner at restaurant

We start off with some adrenaline rush for the daredevils amongst us, we go rafting on the nearby river! (optional activity) A nice teambuilding, adrenaline filled activity which we can do with those who like to end their trip with this speed rush! 

Afterwards you can snooze a little on the bus and enjoy the scenery, while we drive back to Edinburgh. Here we will drop our bus at the campsite and take an original public transport bus to get into the city center of the impressive Edinburgh. 

At 18.30 we reserved a table in a restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh, The restaurant specializes in whisky oriented dining, so here we’ll be treated with a special 3 course dinner with accompanied whiskies, We can take into practice what we learned at the different distilleries and enjoy this final whisky tasting.

If we feel like it, we go out to another pub and perhaps even do some Cayleigh dancing (don’t worry, the whisky helps loosening the hips)! Let’s see! We sleep at a campsite in Edinburgh, so we’re flexible tonight.

Day 5 – Back home

Today, we’ll have an easy morning. We enjoy breakfast before we take you to the bus stop that will take you straight into the city center of Edinburgh or the airport. You’re back were you started, but with a lot more knowledge on whisky, a good idea of the surroundings of Edinburgh and the city itself and probably even some new friends!

By clicking ‘Book Now’ you’ll be lead to our Booking System ‘We Travel’. 

Any more questions? Please contact us!