The firm, which was born from the Ellon Whisky Shop, was launched in February this year.

Lucinda Craig, Still Tours Scotland’s business development manager and director, said: “Ellon Whisky Shop thrives on providing high-quality spirits to our customers from across Aberdeenshire and Scotland.

“It is our customer service and commitment to deliver on our promises that sets us apart.

“So when we got requests to offer the ultimate whisky tour service, it was in our beautiful Scottish nature to do just that.”

From Campbeltown, the Highlands and Speyside to the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides and the Lowlands, Still Tours Scotland’s trips are a great way to savour the finest Scotch whisky.

Lucinda said: “If you are a connoisseur of premium quality spirits, looking for an authentic Scottish experience when travelling, Still Tours Scotland will organise a diverse tasting experience of whiskies distilled all over Scotland.

“We also provide bespoke castle visits along with a host of activities to ensure you have the ultimate tour experience.

“While on our adventure, you will experience the breathtaking and idyllic scenery of Scotland and visit historic towns and cultural sites along the journey.

“So why not add a visit to a Clan Castle or add an activity such as fly fishing or a round of golf?

“We arrange either day trips or longer tours, so that you can experience the real culture and hospitality that Scotland can provide.

“We will tailor the trip around your expectations, so that you leave the tour with unique memories that will last forever.”

Lucinda believes the company’s wide range of bespoke tours really caters for everyone.

She said: “Our tours are perfect for everyone – from those with a budding interest in whisky, through to the drinks professionals who want to firm up their knowledge of Scotland’s most famous product.”

During the pandemic, Still Tours Scotland, in partnership with Ellon Whisky Shop, have been offering virtual whisky and gin tasting for people across the world.

Lucinda said: “Before lockdown, we were doing whisky and gin tastings in the shop every Friday night, so instead, we have been doing them virtually during the pandemic.

“We would have 24 couples from across the north-east on most weekends per tasting.

“Our driver would deliver tastings kits, or the kits would be shipped to ensure they received this for the tastings.

“The participants would receive six bottles of whisky or gin, which are all numbered.

“They would also receive a spreadsheet for them to put their thoughts down on the different impressions.

“Everyone is encouraged to guess as we go through the impressions.

“We also gave participants nuts, crisps and popcorn to snack on throughout and we supply the mixers for the gins and garnishes.

“All whisky and gin tastings were done through Zoom on set dates throughout lockdown.”

Lucinda hopes distillery tours and in-person whisky tasting experiences will resume later this month.

She said: “Tours are booked and planned for October, but obviously, some contingency plans are now in place to delay or adapt the experience.

“We expect 2021 to be huge for tourism in Scotland, either with staycations or with visitors who missed their whisky experience this year keen for a dram from the home of whisky.”

Lucinda and her small but dedicated team of three are also passionate about supporting local businesses and products.

She said: “As a local business based in Ellon, we think it is extremely important to support other local companies.

“Still Tours Scotland have engaged with local golf clubs, fly fishing companies, restaurants, gin distilleries, whisky distilleries, and hotels to provide partnerships which will be mutually beneficial for all.

“We have also been supporting vulnerable people in the community by donating food parcels on a weekly basis to the care homes.

“It’s not just about whisky for us, it’s also about Scotland, our people and our culture.”

Article as appeared in the Society Aberdeen magazine