Visit the Isle of Islay in the Scottish Hebrides on a 4-day tour from Edinburgh, and discover its famously friendly people, stunning landscapes, and most importantly – its whisky! Having produced Scotland's finest smoky malt whiskies for more than 200 years, Islay provides the perfect base for whisky lovers and novices alike. Enjoy three nights of accommodation in the 4-star Bowmore Distillery Cottages (not available on Wednesday departures)** and discover up to six different distilleries, including big-name sites like Laphroaig and Ardbeg, with a guide. Numbers are limited to 16 on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll see the best of Islay with personalized attention with your guide. ** (Monday and Friday departures: only B&B available; Wednesday departures only 3-star Hotel available)
ItineraryDay 1: Edinburgh - Oban - Kilmartin Glen - IslayStop At: Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandReturn to the past at one of the richest areas in the UK for Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Oban Distillery, Oban, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandAfter travelling through the mountainous part of the Loch Lomond National Park, you arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban; this Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy.You have a couple of hours here, where you can visit the Oban Distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch. You then depart Oban mid-afternoon for the journey through Kilmartin Glen to the port of Kennacraig where you catch the evening ferry to Islay.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Bowmore Cottages (Mon & Fri departures) or Lochside Hotel or similar (Wed departures only).Day 2: Discover the modern distillery of Kilchoman & sample Scotland’s peatiest whiskiesStop At: Kilchoman Distillery, Bruichladdich, Islay, The Hebrides, ScotlandIn the morning you take the short drive to the west of the island, where you visit the Kilchoman Distillery, the newest and smallest on the island. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesStop At: Bruichladdich Distillery, Bruichladdich, Islay, The Hebrides, ScotlandAfter lunch in Kilchoman Distillery, we continue to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit Bruichladdich for another chance to taste delicious single malt whisky.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Bowmore Cottages (Mon & Fri departures) or Lochside Hotel or similar (Wed departures only).Day 3: Today you explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest of all whiskies: Laphroaig, Lagavulin & Ardbeg.Stop At: Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, The Hebrides, ScotlandYou first visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, The Hebrides, ScotlandYou then visit Laphroaig, and if there’s time you can take a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin. On an island known locally as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’, there is a regal quality to the distinctly peaty style of its single malt whiskies.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kildalton Cross, Port Ellen, Islay, The Hebrides, ScotlandOn most tours it’s also possible to visit to the ruins of Kildalton church and see its famous 8th Century Celtic cross.Duration: 20 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Bowmore Cottages (Mon & Fri departures) or Lochside Hotel or similar (Wed departures only).Day 4: Get a sense of the old history of InverarayStop At: Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandExplore the fabulous home town of the Duke of Argyll and the stunning ancestral castle.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Loch Lomond, Stirling, ScotlandEnjoy the dramatic splendour of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs and the beautiful national park that surrounds it.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.