Scotland – Spirit of the Highlands

Scotland is home to bagpipes, tartans and over 120 active distilleries that come in all shapes and sizes. From large ones with innovative displays and interactive exhibits explaining the process, to small ones which have preserved their distilling techniques and secrets since the 18th century. From the lowlands to the highlands sample your way through this amazing country and determine for yourself whether the Loch Ness Monster really is out there.

Day 1| Depart for Scotland

Wednesday April 22

Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!


Day 2| Inverness

Thursday April 23

Shake off the jet lag, we just touched down in Scotland! Shortly after landing we make our way north to the city of Inverness – a lively community in the Scottish Highlands. Before settling into our accommodations for the night we will have our first distillery tour at Dalwhinnie Distillery. The Dalwhinnie distillery sits at the heart of the majestic Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Due to its high altitude setting, the distillery today also fulfils a dual function as a working meteorological station, with readings being taken daily.

Day 3| Loch Ness

Friday April 24

Today we will determine once and for all if the Loch Ness Monster exists. After making your own conclusion on the mythical ‘Nessie’, take the time to explore Urquhart Castle, a distinctly Highland heritage site that has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in Scotland’s history.

Day 4| Glenmorangie & Dalmore Distilleries

Saturday April 25

Begin the day visiting Glenmorangie Distillery. Here you will find a warm Highland welcome from the legendary Men of Tain, the skilled craftsmen who ensure that Glenmorangie is made in the same unhurried and uncompromising way it has always been through its long and distinguished history. At a later visit to Dalmore Distillery you will find that for over 150 years, The Dalmore has set the standard in multi cask maturation. Hand selected casks, from the world’s finest bodegas and wineries are expertly curated to create a sumptuous and layered whisky of legendary finesse. End the day with a self guided tour of Dunrobin Castle, the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.

Day 5| Culloden Battlefield

Sunday April 26

Start the day visiting one of Scotland’s most important heritage sites. Culloden Battlefield the site of the last pitched battle on British soil. Here Jacobite supporters (mostly Scottish descendants), seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones, gathered to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government (English) troops. In less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites and ended the Jacobite uprising. After enhancing our knowledge of Scottish history we travel to Macallan Distillery. Located on the stunning Easter Elchies estate, which has been home to the leading luxury single malt since 1824, the new 140 million pound visitors center sets the standard for distillery tours. We will end the day at Aberlour Distillery, which is steeped in centuries of legend and surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the village of Aberlour lies at the very heart of Speyside, where the Lour burn joins the River Spey. The exceptionally pure, soft spring water used for making Aberlour whisky is drawn from nearby natural springs.

Day 6| Glenfiddich

Monday April 27

Site visits include Speyside Cooperage, Glenfiddich & Cardhu. Since 1947, Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American Oak. Today the cooperage continues to work and produce the age-old product, still using traditional methods and tools. Each year, it produces and repairs nearly 150,000 oak casks used by the surrounding Speyside Whisky distilleries, as well as distilleries throughout Scotland and the rest of the world. Glenfiddich is the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky and one of the last family distilleries, while Cardhu was founded by Helen Cumming in 1811 as an illicit distillery and licensed in 1824, becoming first distillery to be officially pioneered by a woman.

Day 7| Lindores Abbey

Tuesday April 28

Today we travel to the beautiful city of Edinburgh for a tour of Lindores Abbey. With the help of expert guides you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation, and will learn about how after a break of 523 years, they are once again bringing whisky production back to the spiritual home of scotch whisky. Then join the Underground Edinburgh tour and visit the vaults beneath Old Town, dating back to the early 18th century. Your costumed guide will tell you about murders, the persecution of witches and the people who inhabited this spooky place.

Day 8| Free Day

Wednesday April 29

Free day to explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Castle is the most recognizable landmark in the city, it sits atop a volcanic peak and dominates the city skyline. The castle was the setting for a number of important historical events in Scotland and many famous people once visited or lived within its walls including Mary, Queen of Scots.  Other possible excursions include the Royal Mile, St. Gile’s Cathedral, Holyrood Palace and many more!

Day 9| Depart Scotland

Thursday April 30

Sit back, relax and reflect on the amazing experience that was Scotland!


  • Round-trip Airfare
  • All Accommodations
  • Travel insurance
  • Tours of World Famous Distilleries
  • Lindores Abbey
  • Underground Edinburgh
  • Loch Ness
  • Castles!
  • & More


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*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.

$2635 (After $500 Grant)

TRIP DATE 04/22/2020





This opportunity is open to all current Niagara College  students and alumni within 6 months of graduation. Please note that the Be World Ready Grant is only applicable to current full-time students.


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