Virtuoso Traveler - October/November 2017 - 18
Macallan and chocolate soufflé.
Glamis Castle, legendary setting
for Shakespeare's Macbeth, and
Dating to the fifteenth century, Scotland's
"water of life" always tastes best in its birthplace.
Here, three ways to sip wee drams in style.
the iconic, oft-photographed
Eilean Donan are just two of the
many famous fortresses visited.
Highlights of Kensington Tours'
nine-day, dram-filled personalized
journey include visits to medieval
bump-and-run at St Andrews, Car-
St Andrews on Fife's east coast
noustie, and Kingsbarns.
and the resort town of Aviemore
in the Highlands' Cairngorms
Rail through Speyside and the
National Park. Departures: Any
Highlands aboard the mahogany-
day April 1 through June 30, 2018;
lined Belmond Royal Scotsman
during a five-day whisky-themed
Tasting Notes: A visit to the
train journey round-trip from Edin-
Speyside Cooperage reveals the
burgh. Departures: Multiple dates,
important role that oak casks play
April 12 through October 14, 2018;
in whisky making. Taste the effects
from £4,093 (approx. $5,380).
during tours of Glenlivet, Dalwhin-
Tasting Notes: On board, choose
nie, and other classic distilleries.
from a selection of more than
Other Flavors: Given that Scotland
60 single malts. An ambassador
is also the birthplace of golf, a few
from the Scotch Malt Whisky
rounds on some of its famed links
Society also hosts a tasting in
courses are a must. Practice your
the train's observation car, while
private tours of the Glen Ord and
Your travel advisor can work
Tasting Notes: A journey through
Strathisla distilleries include nos-
with one of Virtuoso's local tour
the Highlands along the "Road to
ings straight from the cask.
providers, Adams & Butler, to
the Isles" ends with a ferry ride to
Other Flavors: The Rothiemurchus
create a tailor-made eight-day trip
the Isle of Skye for a tour of the
estate near Aviemore boasts some
that travels along Speyside's Malt
Talisker Distillery to taste its fiery
of the country's last remaining
Whisky Trail. Departures: Any day
ancient pine forest. Fly-fishing,
through December 31, 2018; from
Other Flavors: Scotland and cas-
clay pigeon-shooting, and other
£6,040 (approx. $8,100).
tles go together like 18-year-old
country pursuits are also on hand.
"The Napa and Sonoma valleys are 50 shades of green -
on steroids!" muses Virtuoso travel advisor Limor Decter of
New York City. "The scenery evokes Tuscany, the sun shines
almost year-round, and the region's restaurants and wineries, set in a number of charming towns, highlight the best
of the local bounty." A few noteworthy stops: Saint Helena's
Meadowood Napa Valley resort and the Farmhouse Inn
Breaking bread with locals just got
near Healdsburg, which Decter says "evoke a home-away-
easier, thanks to the social-eating app
from-home feel, with Michelin-starred farm-to-table restau-
VizEat. Through a new partnership,
rants." Your travel advisor can work with one of Virtuoso's
your Virtuoso advisor can mix the
on-site tour providers, American Excursionist, to craft
immersive culinary experience into a
a customized five-day gourmet getaway that includes both
customized vacation that can feature
venues, along with plentiful private tastings and tours at ex-
a hands-on cooking class, a market
clusive vineyards and artisanal food producers. Departures:
tour, and dinner in a host's home.
T R AV E L E R
Any day through March 16, 2018; from $15,250 (per couple).
(TALISKER) PETER CHADWICK/ALAMY, (VIZEAT) SERVANE ROY BERTON