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$532.79 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Isle of Islay 4-Day Tour, Whisky Distilleries from Edinburgh

Travel from Edinburgh to Islay – the Inner Hebridean island known as ‘Queen of the Hebrides’ – and enjoy three nights in the town of Bowmore. Your accommodation is in one of the Bowmore Distillery Cottages (not available on Wednesday departures)** – a collection of beautifully renovated 4-star holiday homes inside the distillery grounds. Your typical Scottish cottage has between 3 and 6 en-suite bedrooms, and a kitchen and lounge that you’ll share with other people on your tour. Meals are not included, but continental breakfast items (bread, milk and cereals) are provided, and you can use your kitchen to cook, whenever you wish. Throughout your tour, your guide will introduce you to many of the island’s famous whisky distilleries where you’ll learn how to nose and taste the distinctive malt whiskies, identifying the characteristics that make each one so unique. There’s more to life than a good malt though, and if Islay’s breathtaking scenery holds more appeal to you than its whisky, your guide will have alternative trips to offer, as well as the visits that are worked into your itinerary. All entrance fees and distillery tours are payable at your own expense. ** (Monday and Friday departures: only B&B available; Wednesday departures only 3-star Hotel available)

$65.78 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Glasgow West End Whisky Tour

Glasgow's west end whisky tour is an experience where you will learn about the Scottish national drink from a different perspective. In our tour, we don't focus on production process or how whisky is made. Our main goal is to pass on the passion of whisky through a storytelling experience where cocktails, music, famous writers and films are the main subjects on the table. The tour starts at The Ben Nevis Whisky bar located in the area of Finnieston where you will be able to taste a dram from one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. Here you will learn why this bar is so important for Glasgow's history, you will also learn about the Clydeside riot and how this event is directly related to the whisky industry as we know it today. Our second stop is also one of the most important whisky bars in the city. This place is famous for its great variety of whiskies (more than 400 bottles) and also because you can find the most expensive dram in town (£900 for a 35ml measure). In this bar, we will have a Speyside dram while discovering the three main factors that helped the whisky industry to kick off back in 19th century. The third stop is in one of our favourite bars in the west end which it's also a local hidden gem. The bar itself tells you the story of Charles Bukowski, famous American writer and social critic which was also a heavy whisky drinker addicted to women, sex and literature. In this place, we will have one of the greatest whisky cocktails ever invented while enjoying some great stories of the prohibition during the 1920's in America. Finally, we will take you to a bar with a distinctive character which is also very different from other traditional whisky bars in Glasgow. In this bar, we will give you a dram from the spiritual capital of Scotch (Islay). Whiskies from Islay are usually smoky and very intense. Enjoy our final dram while discovering how whisky has influenced famous musicians around the world, and some other curious and weird facts about the water of life. Come join us, relax and enjoy one of the best whisky tours that the city of Glasgow has to offer.

$855.10 Day Trips & Excursions

4 Day Islay Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Oban DistilleryTour and TastingDuration: 1 hourStop At: Lagavulin DistilleryWarehouse TastingDuration: 1 hourStop At: Ardbeg DistilleryTour and TastingDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Laphroaig DistilleryQuick tour and exclusive tastingDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Bruichladdich DistilleryTour and TastingDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Kilchoman DistilleryTour and exclusive tastingDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Bunnahabhain DistilleryExclusive cask tastingDuration: 2 hours

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