Imagine a bracing wind sweeping across hilly fields of heather; from your wild and isolated perch the only sign of civilization is a distant shepherd’s hut. No doubt about it – this setting calls for a wee dram, if not two.
The Highlands and islands of Scotland and the coasts of Ireland are dramatically wild and beautiful places. They are also home to the world’s greatest traditional whiskies. Join us May 3-16, 2022 to explore these two great countries – their heritage and history, their spectacular mountains, glens, springs, and scenery, and their unparalleled crafted beverages. Our small group of no more than 12 Chaîne guests will stay in several manor houses and castles to experience everything from classic pubs to top gastronomy. We’ll wend our way across hills and vales, view breathtaking cliffs and stones where giants trod. We’ll seek the echoes of history from Braveheart to The Troubles. And we’ll visit and taste at legendary distilleries like The Macallan, Glenfiddich, Talisker and Bushmills.
Your guide on this whisky exploration is the Chaîne’s Grand Echanson Charlie Bennett, who has been studying crafted beverages for decades and has led small, luxury wine tours around the world since 2008 (and this whisky tour!). Many Chaîne members can attest to the quality of these adventures, which blend beverage discoveries with beautiful scenery, great history, and immersion in local culture. So this trip will appeal equally to companions of whisky lovers. The Scotland-Ireland trip 2022 is officially endorsed by the Chaîne.