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. For the whisky enthusiast this tour with a small group will give you an in depth knowledge and even better - you won’t need to drive anywhere yourself! Mondays & Fridays, April-October.
Day 1 - Edinburgh to Islay
Day 1 includes travelling through Loch Lomond National Park and visits to Inveraray, Loch Fyne and the Kingdom of Dalriada. Here you can visit the Kilmartin standing stones and community museum before catching the ferry to Islay for 3 nights in Bowmore.
Day 2 - On Islay
Day 2 Your day is quite flexible with a mixture of beautiful scenery, white sand beaches, short walks and the famous Islay whiskies - renowned for their strong peaty flavours and nurtured by the salty sea air. The day’s highlights include the lovely sandy bays of Islay’s west coast, Saligo Bay, Kilchoman Distillery, Machair Bay, the tiny harbour village of Portnahaven, Bruichladdich Distillery and the Islay Museum.
Day 3 - Islay & More Whisky
Day 3 Explore the south side of Islay, home to Laphroaig and Lagavulin followed by a tour, tasting and lunch with local produce at Ardbeg. Other options include the ruins of Kildalton church with its famous 8th Century Celtic cross, free time in Bowmore village or a visit to the community craft producers at Islay House Square and the woodlands along the River Sorn.
Day 4 - Return through Argyll
Day 4 Farewell to Islay as you take the ferry back to Argyll and the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. Lunch at Kilmartin, home to 350 pre-historic monuments and stone circles and some free time in Oban before returning to Edinburgh via Glasgow.
Please note: Monday departures of this tour may reverse the itineraries for days 1 and 4
The itinerary and distillery visits are subject to variation throughout the season and may not be the same described above, however there will always be a minimum of 5 distillery visits during the tour.
Rates & Dates
Adult Prices: £369 to £415
Departing: Mondays and Fridays (April to October)
Departs Mondays April to 17th October
Departs Fridays - April to 23rd September
Please note that we do not carry children under 18 years on this whisky tour.
*This tour can also pick up and drop off in Glasgow.
The tour returns to Waverley Bridge opposite Waverley Train Station, Edinburgh.
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!!