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4 Day Islay and Whisky Distillery Tour

Savour the distilled essence of Scotland’s fine landscapes and exquisite whisky on this delectable tour.

Not only does this tour take you on a wonderful journey through delightful landscapes, charming towns and plenty of history, you’ll also get to taste and learn all about the wonderful Scottish tipple of Whisky.

So, come and discover all these wonderful locations and impress all your friends with your whisky knowledge, historical facts and stunning photographs!




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Tour Highlights

  • Kilmartin Glen, this area is one of the most important concentrations of Bronze Age and Neolithic remains in Scotland.
  • Oban is a pretty Victorian harbour town with excellent seafood available.
  • Wander along the shoreline of Islay’s beautiful sandy beaches.
  • Founded in 1779, Bowmore is the home of Islay’s oldest distillery situated on the shores of the glorious Loch Indaal.
  • Inveraray is a lovely traditional county town sits beside Loch Fyne and has its own castle.
  • Take in the wonderful views at one of Scotland’s largest and most famous Lochs, Loch Lomand.
  • Sample Islay’s selection of wonderful single malt whiskies.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Loch Lomond National Park, Oban and Islay

Day 2

Islay’s Distilleries and Rhins of Islay

Day 3

Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin

Day 4

Inveraray and Loch Lomond

Day 1

Setting off from Edinburgh, you’ll journey into the Highlands and take a refreshment break in the town of Callander before travelling through the stunning location of the Loch Lomond National Park and arriving in the charming harbour town of Oban.

You’ll have some free time in Oban, giving you opportunity to maybe visit the Oban Distillery or taste some of the delicious and fresh local seafood for lunch. You’ll depart from Oban mid-afternoon and then continue your journey through Kilmartin Glen to the port of Kennacraig. From Kennacraig you’ll set sail in the evening for a little over two hour crossing before disembarking at Islay. Be sure to look out for the wonderful sea life which may include dolphins and whales.

Once again on dry land, you’ll have a short journey to Bowmore where you’ll head to your accommodation and your base for the next three nights.

Day 2

Setting off after breakfast, today you get to not only visit Islay’s beautiful viewpoints but you also get to visit two distilleries.

Your first stop of the day is a short drive to the west of the island to the Kilchoman Distillery, the most recent and smallest on the island. Following on from lunch at Kilchoman you’ll continue your tour to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit Bruichladdich. Here you’ll be able to sample another dram of their delicious single malt whisky.

After your second distillery of the day, you’ll journey back to Bowmore where you may wish to either visit another distillery or just relax and explore the village before retiring for the evening.

Day 3

This morning you’ll head to the south of the island, where your first stop will be Ardbeg. Here you’ll have a distillery tour, do some tasting and enjoy lunch. The restaurant is a wonderful place to relax and sample the local produce.

Leaving Ardbeg, you take a short trip to Laphroaig, the single malt whisky here has a particularly rich flavour, and depending upon time constraints, there may also be a short stop for further tasting at Lagavulin.

Most tours may also include the possibility of a visit to the ruins of Kildalton church, where you can view its famous 8th Century Celtic cross.

Day 4

After a restful night, you’ll leave your accommodation for the last time and board the ferry back to the mainland.

You’ll continue your travels via the coast to the beautiful village of Inveraray sitting on the banks of Loch Fyne. Inveraray is full of delightful historic buildings, a great whisky shop with a final chance to pick up a souvenir or two!

Your final journey takes you close to Loch Lomond before arriving once again in Edinburgh.

Important Information

Departs 08.30am – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Returns 20.00pm approx.

  • Discounts for Students, and seniors over 60
  • Unfortunately we don’t carry anyone under 18 years old on this tour
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person

Tour inclusions

  • All ferry and bridge crossings
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an experienced driver-guide


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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