The Bowmore House, Shore Street, Bowmore, Isle of Islay, United Kingdom
Paradise Scotch Whisky Tour
Come and join Scottish Routes for this amazing whisky tour of Islay, Scotland. This tour takes you to a Scottish island paradise, with stunning scenery, ancient history, traditional culture, and eight of Scotland’s finest whisky distilleries. Your tour guide will let you know all the best places to get the most out of your time on the island. There is an eating option for all budgets and tastes and with so much local produce on offer, you will be spoiled for choice.
Tour and tasting at Oban Distillery
Bunnahabhain Warehouse tasting
Warehouse experience at Lagavulin
Tour of Bruichladdich followed by a full range tasting
During this holiday, you will be staying at The Bowmore House. It has five large double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. Four of the rooms have views over Loch Indaal or Bowmore. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout The Bowmore House for guests to use. Refurbishments have been carried out to all the bedrooms to give them a more modern feel. The modern furnishings compliment the grandeur of the 1898 building.
Please note that if the Bowmore House is not available, Scottish Routes will source alternative local accommodation of the same standard.
After departing Edinburgh you will head north into the highlands. The landscape becomes more mountainous and your guide will tell the history and culture of this stunning part of Scotland. Passing Loch Awe and into Argyllshire, with some great photo stops along the way, you will arrive in the Victorian town of Oban where you’ll tour the distillery and do a tasting before you have free time for lunch and some exploring. This is the seafood capital of Scotland so make sure you make the most of it.
Your tour takes you to the ancient Neolithic landscapes of Kilmartin Glen. There are hundreds of ancient monuments and historic sites in this region, some of which you will explore. It is then a short drive down the Kintyre Peninsula to Kennacraig where you will board the evening ferry to Islay. The ferry crossing is around 2 hours and allows for some beautiful views of the islands of Gigha, Jura and Islay as well as the area surrounding West Loch Tarbert.
Days 2 and 3
Your days on Islay bring a private tour of Bruichladdich, a chance to gaze over the Sound of Jura from the Bunnahabhain and behind the scenes peek at the independent Kilchoman. An unforgettable warehouse experience at Lagavulin, A tour and full range tasting at Ardbeg and an tasting designed just for us at Laphroaig. Each night on Islay, there are plenty of options for eating, drinking, and relaxing. Your tour guide will let you know all the best places to get the most out of your time in Bowmore.
There is an eating option for all budgets and tastes and with so much local produce on offer, you will be spoilt for choice. The whiskey bars aren’t too bad either. Slainte Mhath, as they say in Gaelic.
After a final hearty breakfast, you catch the morning ferry back to Kennacraig. Arriving on the mainland, you head to the loch-side town of Inveraray. This is the seat of the clan Campbell, home to the Loch Fyne Whisky shop and your stop for lunch. After lunch (and some last-minute whiskey shopping), your journey now hugs the shores of Loch Fyne and Loch Long before climbing up to the Rest and be Thankful pass for sweeping views.
Then it is to the shores of Loch Lomond. With time to stop for some lovely views and stretch of the legs, this is the last stop on your tour before crossing the River Clyde and into Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow. Some of the guests may be leaving the tour there, so you may make a short stop in central Glasgow (George Square) before returning to Edinburgh.
Please note that due to various reasons (weather, closures, and special events) it may not always be possible to visit all distilleries mentioned. Please be aware that, if this is the case, Scottish Route will ensure that suitable alternatives are found.
Tour and tasting at Oban Distillery
Tour and tastings at Ardbeg
Tour and tasting at Laphroaig
Tour and tasting Bruichladdich
Tour and tasting at Kilchoman
Tour and tasting at Bunnahabhain
Lagavulin warehouse experience
This holiday will take place on the island of Islay, United Kingdom.