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Celebrate international Scottish Gin Day with a tour to some of Scotland’s finest gin distilleries.

On Saturday 7th October 2023 marks International Scottish Gin Day, a worldwide celebration of everything Scottish Gin – the people, the places, the passion, and the country’s rich history of gin making. Scotland’s gin scene is as varied and diverse as its landscapes, from small-craft distilleries in the remote highlands to large-scale producers in the city centers. Scotland is the proud home of many of the world’s best-known gin brands and produces an impressive 70% of the UK’s gin.

Immerse yourself into the incredible world of Scottish Gin this International Scottish Gin Day with Luxury Scotland  , who have created their very own Ultimate Gin Tour – a magical six-day journey around the hottest hotels and dreamiest distilleries in Scotland. A botanical triple-threat, this taste sensation trip takes in three beautiful hotels that each make their own unique gin. With Luxury Scotland, discover the best producers – from the heart of Edinburgh and the idyllic isle of Islay to the North Coast 500’s breathtaking landscapes, this trip will combine stunning scenery with an unforgettable taste sensation.

Each journey starts in Edinburgh with an airport or railway collection in a beautiful vehicle by Little’s Chauffeur Drive. A private chauffeur is assigned to each guest during the trip.

Begin at Fingal, Scotland’s luxury floating hotel, berthed in the historic port of Leith. Newly launching this September 2023 is an exciting partnership with Edinburgh Distillery; Lind and Lime and Fingal, to launch the hotel’s first proprietary gin brand. Exclusively served to guests at the hotel’s Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar, Fingal Gin is contained in darted glass bottles, designed to reflect the glass Fresnel lenses in the lantern room lighthouses and is all designed with a nod to the ship’s nautical past.

After a culture-filled city break, sink into the scenic drive through the west coast to catch the ferry to Islay and a two night stay at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links, set on seven miles of pristine beach with a world class links course and a beautiful spa. Big skies, soaring eagles, and famous smoky malts – Islay is also home to four artisanal gin distilleries. The Machrie Gin has been beautifully crafted using sorrel foraged directly from the hotel’s world-renowned dunes to create a unique and refreshing flavor. Savor it with a sunset beach picnic, bringing to life the island’s Hebridean spirit.

Once returning to mainland Scotland from the ferry, head further north along the stunning North Coast 500 route to the award-winning Torridon in Wester Ross, a Victorian shooting lodge – now a luxe resort – with kayaking, cycling and coasteering. Set at the head of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon have their own gin, Arcturus, for which they created a special gin garden planted with all the botanicals required, from sea kelp to Scots lovage, and of course the pure loch water.

Round off this gin-immersive trip with another picturesque drive along the North Coast 500 heading North-East. On arrival, enjoy a bracing walk along the beautiful beaches to visit Dunnet Bay Distillers, wrapping up this sensational Scottish sojourn at the most northerly distillery in mainland Britain. Dunnet Bay Distillers make multi-award-winning Rock Rose Gin, was given CoolBrands status in 2022, due not only to the exceptional taste profiles of this range of gins but also because the distillery is run on eco-friendly principles. From its fully recyclable sustainable packaging to the fact that many of the botanicals are grown in the distillery’s own garden or foraged or sourced locally, this family-owned distillery is admired for its ethos. The gin sells in 24 countries and so visiting the source of the inspiration is a special treat. Visitors can enjoy the shop and also a tasting experience and distillery tour.  Whilst there, check out Holy Grass Vodka, another award-winning spirit from this company.