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Private Whisky Tour to Islay - Long Break
Tour Theme: Whisky Tours
This tour starts from: Edinburgh or Glasgow
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
This is a Private Tour
Come with Go Scotland Tours on this exclusive 4 Day Private Tour to the Whisky Isle of Islay. A must visit for those whisky enthusiasts. This tour is designed to show you the best of the island in the short time that we have. This is a customisable tour but below is a suggested itinerary for a 3 day tour...
Day 1: Your private driver guide can pick you up from Edinburgh, Glasgow or another location in Scotland to begin the tour. The itinerary will depend on where and what time you start.
Afterwards we continue our Journey to the West Highlands and head towards the inspiring Loch Awe. Kilchurn Castle sits on a small island in the middle of the Loch. Built in the 1400s by Sir Colin Campbell. We will make a short photo stop here. Then we go to the seaside town of Oban for lunch.
Continuing the tour we will travel through the dramatic landscape of Kilmartin Glen. This is an intriguing area of Scotland's ancient civilizations. We will have some time to walk around the Standing stones at Temple Wood. On the way to the ferry port at Kennacraig we pass by Dunnad Hill, once the seat of the Kings of Dalriada.
The ferry crossing to Islay is approx 2 hours so this is a perfect time to have your evening meal. Arriving on the island at about 8.30pm your guide will take you to your hotel for the night. Overnight will be at Port Ellen or Bowmore depending on availability.
Day 2: Today we will go to the south end of Islay going to the heavy smoky hitters of Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Laphroaig distilleries.
In the morning we drive by the peat fields to reach Lagavulin Distillery. The historic Dunyvaig Castle sits behing the distillery, it was once home to King of the Isles. Lagavulin has recently celebrated its 200 year anniversary, it is a favourite of many.
Then we go to see the Kildalton Cross; a 2.65m high cross that is just one single slab. Made in the 700s and has its origins on the holy island of Iona.
For lunch we will head of to the Old Kiln Cafe at Ardbeg Distillery. Here you will have a chance to sample a dram at the tasting bar and then explore their shop.
After lunch we will head to the Laphroaig Distillery. Laphroaig is one of the few remaining distilleries that still malts their own barley in traditional way on their malting floor. After you become a Friend of Laphroaig you will be given a square foot of land and then strap on your wellies to plant a flag on your peaty territory.
Day 3: In the morning we drive around the coast of Loch Indaal to reach Bruichladdich Distillery. In contrast to the previous day the Laddie is an unpeated whisky. Bruichladdich has the only commercially scaled bottling hall on the island. Along with it's unpeated whisky the distillery also produces The Botanist Gin.
After lunch we then drive across the island Bunnahabhain Distillery. The entrance is a bendy single track road which eventually reaches the Sound of Islay for great views to the Isle of Jura. Here we will take part in the Warehouse experience to sample whisky straight from the cask and learn about maturation process.
At the end of the day we can go to Loch Finlaggan. From the car park and visitor's centre we walk across the bridge to see ruins of the castle. During the medieval times this was the command centre for the Lords of the Isles who at one time controlled the western isles of Scotland. Or visit the Islay Woollen Mill; in a picturesque setting producing a range of top quality woven fabrics. The have provided fabric for the film industry including Braveheart, Forrest Gump and Rob Roy.
Day 3: In the morning we head towards the port to catch the ferry back to the mainland. On arrival we then start our long journey back to Edinburgh or Glasgow. Driving along the coast of Loch Fyne, which is well known for its sea food, we head to the white washed town of Inverary. Here you have the option to visit the fairy tale like Inverary Castle. It is home to the Duke of Argyll, Cheif of the Clan Campbell. Also used in the TV series Downton Abbey.
We then continue our journey past the amazing mountainous area named Rest and Be Thankful. Last stop of the tour is at Loch Lomond.
Returning for about 6 or 7pm
Private Whisky Tour to Islay
Photography Credits: Mike ORourke (Go Scotland Tours), Paul Tomkins (VisitScotland), Kenny Lam (VisitScotland)
Operated by: Go Scotland Tours Rank 6
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