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4 Day Islay Whisky Tour, UK

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.

Highlights

  • Tour and tasting at Oban Distillery
  • Bunnahabhain Warehouse tasting
  • Warehouse experience at Lagavulin
  • Tour of Bruichladdich followed by a full range tasting
  • Tour and tasting at Ardbeg and Kilchoman
  • Services of a professional tour guide
  • 3 nights superior accommodation
  • Laphroaig tour and tasting

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4 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:45
Check-out Time:
08:00

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi

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 Route will source alternative local accommodation of the same standard.

Program

Day 1

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.

There is time to relax in the bar with an Islay whisky, grab some dinner from the restaurant and just soak up the sea air before you arrive. On arrival into Port Ellen or Port Askaig it is a short drive to Bowmore to check in to The Bowmore House or Freewinds for your 3-night stay.

Day 2 and 3

With two full days to explore, there are plenty of options for sightseeing and your guide will share some of their favorite places with you. These can include empty beaches, whitewashed villages, ancient sites, the Kildalton Cross, medieval strongholds, fresh seafood, local wildlife, and traditional cultures.

With only around 3,000 people and eight world-class distilleries, the chances of finding a wee dram on Islay are pretty good. The distillery and whiskey experiences will give you an insight into Islay’s most famous export. Your day includes a warehouse experience at Lagavulin, lunch and a tour at Ardbeg, and a look at the Laphroaig maltings.

Your second day brings 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. 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.

Day 4

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.

Included excursions

  • Tour and tasting at Deanston 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

Location

This holiday will take place on the island of Islay, United Kingdom.

Food

During this holiday, you will be served healthy breakfasts.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Minibus transport
  • Return ferries to/from Islay
  • Services of a professional tour guide
  • Tour and tasting at Oban Distillery
  • Lagavulin Warehouse experience
  • Tour and tasting at Ardbeg
  • Tour and exclusive tasting at Laphroaig
  • Tour and range tasting Bruichladdich
  • Tour and exclusive tasting at Kilchoman
  • Warehouse cask tasting at Bunnahabhain
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Entrance fees not mentioned above

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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