This 4 day specialist whisky tour takes you to the “Queen of the Isles” and the Whisky Coast. Islay is home to 8 of Scotland's finest malt whisky distilleries Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Caol Ila and Kilchoman. For the whisky enthusiast this tour will give you an in depth knowledge and even better - you won't need to drive anywhere yourself!
DAY 1: INVERARY - CAMPBELTOWN - BOWMORE
Leaving Edinburgh at 08.30 you will head west to Loch Lomond then west through the mountains to the beautiful little village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. Here you can perhaps sample some of the local seafood for lunch or just explore the historic town itself. After lunch you will then travel through Argyll and into the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin. We will stop here to see the mysterious stone circles and standing stones and visit the community museum. From here it is a short drive to Kennacraig where we catch the early evening ferry to Islay. The sail is just over 2 hours and you should look out for wildlife such as dolphins, whales and seabirds. On arrival on Islay is is a short drive to Bowmore for your 3 night stay..
DAY 2: A FULL DAY EXPLORING ISLAY
The itinerary today is quite flexible with a mixture of beautiful scenery, white sand beaches, short walks and of course the famous Islay whiskies - renowned for their strong peaty flavours and nurtured by the salty sea air. In the morning you will take the short drive to the west of the island via Saligo Bay for a visit to Kilchoman Distillery (the newest and smallest on the island) with the option of a coastal walk to Machair Bay for any non-whisky lovers. In the afternoon you will stop at the village of Portnahaven (look out for seals) before taking the back roads along the west
coast with its lovely sandy bays, on the way back to Bowmore. You will have the chance
to visit Bowmore distillery or just relax and explore the village.
DAY 3: ANOTHER DAY EXPLORING ISLAY
Another day in paradise! Today you will explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest and peatiest of all whiskies – Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. You will make photo stops at the first two then visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce as well as some unique whisky. While in the area you will visit the ruins of Kildalton church with its famous 8th Century Celtic cross. Alternatively we may stop in Bridgend where you could visit the community craft producers at Islay House Square or take a walk through the woods along the nearby River Sorn.
DAY 4: ARGYLL - KILMARTIN - OBAN
This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland then travel up the coast to Oban – a busy harbour town and the main ferry port for the islands. Here we will drop off anyone who is continuing on the Mull, Iona and Isle of Skye extension. The others will have some free time to explore the town, have a late lunch or even pop into Oban Distillery before departing for the return trip to Edinburgh. Return time approx. 19:00
Please note: Glasgow pick up is no longer available. We suggest you make your own way by train to Edinburgh
For departure details refer to the "Prices, Dates, and What's Included" Section...
Discover the Great Whiskies of Islay!!
Prices, Dates & What's Included:
Departs: 08:30 | Returns: 19:00 approx
Departure Point: Gate J & Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD
Mondays and Fridays - March 18- 29 then April 1 to October 28 (Except May 27 and 31) and March 16, 20, 23, 27 in 2020
Wednesdays- April 17 to September 25 (Except May 29)
Prices Per Person (including accommodation)
April to October-
B&B Double/Twin Room Price From £449 to £519 (GBP)
B&B Single Room Price from £559 to £629 (GBP)
April 17 to September 25 only-
Hotel Double/Twin Room Price from £585 to £655
Hotel Single Room Price from £625 to £695
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Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 14 kilos / 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and one carry-on bag per person.
**children are not accepted. See below for more price notes