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    1 Islay + 8 Distilleries - Whisky Heaven From £369

    Discover the secrets of Islay Whisky Distilling Secrets.

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4 Day Islay Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

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.


Loch Lomond National Park ~ Kilmartin standing stones ~ Bowmore ~ The Islay Distilleries ~ Sandy beaches of Islay’s west coast ~ Oban ~ Inveraray 


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This tour operates on: Monday, Friday

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.

Inclusions

  • Transportation by top of the range 16 seat Mercedes minicoaches for a more personal service.
  • Forced air ventilation as standard.
  • Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
  • All ferry and bridge crossings.
  • Accommodation as per rate chosen.

Exclusions

Meals and snacks.
Entrance fees.

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 18+
  • Min Age: 5 years
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Mini Coach
  • Months of Operation: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Duration of Tour: 4 days
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh
  • Departure Point: 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG
  • Departure Time: 08:30 Please check-in 15 minutes earlier
  • Expected return Time: 20:00 approx (day 4)
  • Duration of Tour: 4 days

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.

Booking Notes

*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!!

Some Places We Will Visit

  • Kilmartin

    Kilmartin village sits in the centre of Kilmartin Glen which is home to an astonishing 350 different monuments all within a few miles. The village includes the trust museum and the church

  • Inveraray

    Inveraray is the classic 18th-century planned town (don't call it a village), with its straight wide streets and dignified Georgian houses, and enjoys the most stunning of settings, on the shores of Loch Fyne.

  • Oban

    Our visitor guide to Oban, the main focal point in the northern part of Argyll in Scotland. A comprehensive list of information including what to see and do, self catering cottages in the area, travel information and history...

  • Kennacraig

    Small village at the heel of Kintyre where the Islay ferry departs for Port Ellen or Port Askaig on Islay.

  • Port Charlotte & Rinns of Islay

    The guide on Rinns of Islay on the isle of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, guides you over the place and the nearby attractions. Also, offered are information on sleeping and eating, hotels and accommodation in Port Charlotte.

  • Port Ellen

    The guide has information on Port Ellen in Inner Hebrides and around. Also included are information such as sleeping and eating in Port Ellen.

  • Around Port Askaig

    The visitor guide around Port Askaig on Islay in Inner Hebrides gives information on and around the place including, sleeping , hotels and accommodation around Port Askaig.