Whisky, Vodka, Gin and a Cruise

This full day, all-inclusive tour will take you to the north western Lake District for spectacular scenery, a boat trip on the second largest lake and a fascinating tour and tasting session at the award willing Lakes Distillery.

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  • Duration: 8,5 Hours
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This tour takes you to:

  • Lake Windermere views of the largest lake in the lake district, surrounded by panoramic mountain scenery.
  • Kirkstone Inn the highest inhabited building in the Lake District.
  • Kirkstone Pass the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic and it connects Ambleside in the Rothay Valley to Patterdale in the Ullswater Valley.
  • Brothers Water in the Hartsop Valley .
  • Patterdale the village where walkers begin their ascent via the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn, the third highest peak in the Lake District.
  • Glenridding close to the old Greenside Lead Mine which was established in the 1650's but now a peaceful craggy Lakeland village hugely popular with walkers.
  • Ullswater with spectacular views of the second largest lake in the Lake District.
  • Lake Cruise on Ullswater.
  • The Lakes Distillery for a tour of the distillery followed by a tasting session.
  • Thirlmerethe man-made vast reservoir which submerged the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn in 1889.
  • Dunmail Raise the low-level mountain pass and legendary burial place of King Dunmail.
  • Grasmere one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District with a small island in the middle, one of Wordsworth's favourite places when he lived at nearby Dove Cottage. 
  • Rydal Water tranquil and serene with beautiful reflections of Loughrigg fell.  

Additional Features:

  • Gift Shop at The Lakes Distillery
  • Food, drink and comfort facilities available at The Lakes Distillery
  • Suitable for solo travellers 



This full day, all-inclusive tour will take you to the north western Lake District for spectacular scenery, a boat trip on the second largest lake and a fascinating tour and tasting session at the award willing Lakes Distillery. 

 Your day starts with a climb, all the way up to the Kirkstone Inn, the highest inhabited building in the Lake District, for a stop to take in the views back down the valley right the way down to Lake Windermere and Ambleside. This once important coaching inn sits almost at the summit of the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic.  

From here the road plunges down into the Kirkstone Pass properly with the valley walls rising up steeply on either side, past the church shaped rock from which the valley gets its name and on to the viewpoint for a photo stop of the ribbon of road as it descends down to Brothers Water. This lake was one of the first places in the Lakes to be acquired by the National Trust.  

The thin strip of road winds past the lake, down to the Ullswater valley and on to the charming and popular village of Patterdale. This the starting point for a number of popular hill-walks, most notably the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in the Lakes. The only other village in this valley is Glenridding and it is here that we get our first glimpse of the National Park's second largest lake, Ullswater. 

Here you join a 1 hour cruise on Ullswater to relax and see the stunning fells as the boat cruises the full length of the lake. 

You now rejoin your minibus as we leave Ullswater and head north and west towards Bassenthwaite Lake to The Lakes Distillery. This is an award winning distillery that produces Whisky, Vodka and Gin. 

Located next to Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District National Park, an 1850'S Victorian model farm has been renovated to be home of the Lakes Distillery and their World Class Spirits

Model farms were designed to be beautiful as well as functional and the Lakes Distillery buildings are certainly beautiful, ideally suited to their needs. Each one has been carefully and sympathetically adapted, preserving the character and history of the old, stone-built barns and sheds

The main barn houses the mash house and still house, with their unique stills, carefully designed to produce the spirits. An old cattle shed has been converted into the warehouse, with further cattle sheds being transformed into the shop, bistro and bar. The Distillery think that Joseph Christopherson, who farmed here in the 1850's, would have approved. Perhaps he even had an illicit still at the farm? 

A lot of thought has gone into the production process at the Lakes Distillery to ensure a malt whisky of outstanding quality is produced and one of the finest gins and vodka available in the UK. The plant has been carefully designed to the highest specification, and the copper stills have been made to unique designs, on a small artisan
scale, meaning the spirits can be lovingly produced without the need of mass production. 

There are now distilleries producing whisky across the British Isles, and this has led the Lakes Distillery to create an entirely new concept in blended whiskies - a British Isles Blend, The ONE

The Lakes Vodka, the first ever Vodka to be produced in Cumbria, is produced in the traditional way. Lovingly crafted in the small handmade copper pot still, which maintains its delicate aromatics and flavours. 

The Lakes Gin is a Cumbrian Gin, made with with local botanicals & distilled in the Artisan Still. 

Made very much on an artisan, small batch scale, it will be lovingly created in the small 1,000 litre still, prefectly designed to produce an outstanding spirit

There is plenty of time for lunch in the Bistro at the Distillery. Set in a former Victorian cattle parlour, the Bistro's surroundings and inspirations are reassuringly solid, natural and rooted in the Lake District. This is reflected in their food; honest, generous and full of flavour. One of their main goals is to embrace the spirit of the Lake District. They achieve this by using regional ingredients where possible and having a key focus on freshness, flavour and simplicity. 

Next, you will be taken on a guided tour of the distillery itself. After the tour you will be given the opportunity to taste a sample of each of the Whisky, Gin and Vodka produced here with expert guidance and a detailed explanation of each of the spirits. You will also be given a £5 voucher each that can be used to purchase any 70cl bottle in the shop on the day. 

You now head back towards Keswick and start the return journey to the southern lakes. On the way you will pass Thirlmere, and at the foot of the water, you then head over the mountain pass of Dunmail Raise. 

Now the road drops steadily down from the fells and before long, we pass Grasmere village to drive along the shores of Grasmere. William Wordsworth lived here at Dove Cottage and as we continue on, we pass Nab Cottage, the home of his friend and author, Thomas de Quincey. The road winds along the shore until we come to Rydal Water.
The water here is often mirror-like still with beautiful reflections of the surrounding fells. We pass Wordsworth's last and favourite home which is situated off the road at Rydal as we return to Ambleside for the first of our drop-off points. 

What’s included

  • Full Day Tour
  • Lake Cruise on Ullswater
  • Lunch stop at The Lakes Distillery Bistro (food order not included in tour price)
  • Guided tour of the distillery
  • Guided tasting session of The Lakes Distillery's Whisky, Vodka and Gin
  • £5 voucher for each person to use towards any 70cl bottle purchase in the shop on the day
  • Experienced driver for your safety on the steep, narrow and twisty Lakeland roads and to provide expert commentary throughout the tour
  • Small group of up to 6 people for a more flexible and personalised experience
  • Use of personal radio communication technology to keep you in-touch with your guide when you are off the minibus (where applicable) 

What’s excluded

  • Food & drinks
  • Tip or gratuity

What do I need to bring

The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather.

As there is some walking involved in the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes. 

Important information

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them  

Guided Language

  • English
R 0 8,5 Hours , Easy

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