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3 Day Whisky Trip in an Electric Vehicle

We are often guilty of appreciating fellow countries’ heritage when we travel abroad and not quite realising the rich history that is already on our doorstep. One of Scotland’s greatest exports is of course whiskey, it is also a huge attraction for tourists and loved fondly by the Scots as well.


Not any more we say! If you fancy a short weekend break why not go on a whiskey tasting trip and learn all about our iconic golden spirit. With most distilleries nestled in rural areas, you can bet it will also be a scenic trip. Here is where the humble electric car comes into its own, not only producing fewer emissions into the stunning surroundings but the lack of noise pollution is blissful.


Starting off in Aberdeen on a full charge, you should only have to recharge once or twice but don’t worry we’ve got that covered with the handy ZapMap site and we’ve pointed out several charging points on the route.


It’s extremely important to recognise on a trip into Scotland’s whiskey heritage that you must comply with Scottish laws in regards to alcohol consumption when driving for your own safety and others around you. Please see here for more information: https://www.gov.uk/drink-drive-limit

Don’t worry if you are the designated driver, we’ve added in some lovely attractions along the way which everyone can enjoy.


Day 1 - Aberdeen to Spittal of Glenshee

Let’s go!


Step 1:


First of all, let’s get away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Aberdeen and head for the gorgeous greenery in the Spittal of Glenshee. The countryside does have the perks of beauty however especially at this time of year please do take care on the roads as the cold weather can worsen road conditions.


Prepare some snacks to take with you as you reach Spittal of Glenshee it will take roughly 1 hour 45 minutes via the A93. Time may vary depending on your chosen accommodation for the night.


Charging points along the way:

  • Aberdeen

  • Torphins: Station Road

  • Banchory Sport Village

  • Aboyne: Station Square Car Park

  • Ballater: Church Square Car Park

  • Braemar: Balnellan Road Car Park


Step 2:


Here are some suggestions for accommodation in the surrounding area.

  • Gulabin Lodge - Spittal of Glenshee, Blairgowrie, PH10 7QE

  • The Strathardle Inn - Kirkmichael, Nr Blairgowrie, Michael, PH10 7NS

  • Hotels are not as common in these rural areas so the go-to for accommodation is often private let holiday homes and lodges - if you can, choose one with a hot tub for that extra luxury stay

  • Ecocamp is another fun option. The small sustainable camp brings glamping to Glenshee


Step 3:


Once you've arrived, checked in and dropped bags off, you'll be looking for some entertainment. Here are some activities and attractions for you to check out. Do keep in mind the time of year that you travel here as the higher ground does considerably drop in temperature so dress accordingly.

  • Glenshee is renowned for its hillside views which can be explored via the trail walks

  • For the adventurous ones check out the famous Glenshee Ski Centre

  • Glenshee Pottery - have a go at some fun crafts

  • Mountain biking

Now you wouldn't want to leave this area without at least visiting one of Scotland's fantastic distilleries. Why not stop at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery for a tasting tour for only £13 - what a bargain!

Day 2 - Glenshee to Crieff


Step 1:


After a relaxing day in the countryside, it's time to head south to the old market town of Crieff to begin the whiskey tasting. The journey time will be roughly 1 hour 20 minutes to reach the town via the A85. Remember to check your charge level before heading off and note charging points accordingly.


Charging points along the way:

  • Dunkeld: Atholl Street Car Park

  • A90: Taste Perthshire

  • Crieff: King Street Car Park

  • Crieff Hydro Hotel

  • Knock Castle Hotel and Spa


Step 2:


There are many whiskey distilleries around Scotland so it’s hard to choose but for this trip, we chose Glenturret in Crieff. To reach the distillery set your navigator for The Hush, Crieff, PH7 4HA.


Glenturret is the oldest distillery in Scotland dating back to 1775 so it's rich with history. They offer many experiences here from tours to private functions, these would be our top choice…

Distillery Experience - here you will be shown the traditional methods carried out at the distillery every day to make the product and the ingredients used for that special flavour.

Fusions of Fudge - Something a little different here. You can find out more about the whiskey fudge produces, and a sample of course, before leaving with a complimentary packet of the sweet treat.


Whilst in the area...

Crieff has some lovely boutique stores selling tartan products and other traditional souvenirs.

The Spence Gallery


Step 3:


Here are some suggestions for accommodation in the surrounding area.




Day 3 - Crieff to Aberdeen via Banchory


Step 1:


Time to head home to Aberdeen which will be around a 2-hour journey following the A90 so we've added in a little detour to at Banchory to break up the travel - this is optional.

Charging points along the way:

  • Perth: South Inch Car Park

  • Perth: Frairton Depot

  • Dundee: Tesco Extra, Dundee Riverside

  • Broughtyferry: Queen Street Charging Hub

  • Forfar Filling Station

  • Banchory: Bellifield Car Park

  • Aberdeen


Step 2:


Banchory is situated a 30-minute drive from Aberdeen so to complete your whiskey road trip we recommend visiting the Inverurie Whiskey Shop for a trip souvenir. They sell all manner of gifts from special whiskeys, gift vouchers, collectables and printed memorabilia and more. You can even book your next distillery tour here.


Whilst in the area check out...


These are just a few ideas on how you can have a fabulous trip around Scotland sampling our whiskey history. With so many distilleries around the highlands and beyond the options are endless.


For all the whiskey haunts head over to the Visit Scotland website >> https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/food-drink/whisky/distilleries/


Make sure to keep your trusty Zapmap website or app to hand for more information on your nearest charging points: https://www.zap-map.com/live/

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