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Islay and the Whisky Coast Scotland Small Group: Edinburgh to Edinburgh

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 570

Visit the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’ on this short visit to Islay. The most southerly of the Hebrides, the island is known for its fine whiskeys and dramatic landscapes.


This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches and accommodation is in 3 star country hotels.

This 5-day round trip from Edinburgh takes you to Islay, the southernmost island of the Hebrides.

Spend a night in Edinburgh, perhaps adding a few extra nights if it’s your first time in the Scottish capital. Then travel west though Loch Lomond National Park to Oban, where you can sample a drop at the local distillery. A ferry takes you to Islay, and the journey is sometimes accompanied by local wildlife such as dolphins, seabirds, or even whales.

Your itinerary on the island will vary according to your interests, but there is plenty to choose from. You’ll have the option of visiting Kilchoman and Bowman Distilleries for a tasting or roaming the beaches and harbour villages, keeping your eyes peeled for seals. Your second full day on the island takes you to its southern side, where many of the stronger, more famous whiskeys are produced, including Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Your visit to Ardbeg includes lunch, a tasting, and a tour. Of course, it’s not all about whiskey. Visit ruined Kildalton church, or the craft producers of Islay House Square.

Return to the mainland for lunch at Kilmartin Glen. The town is surrounded by prehistoric monuments and stone circles, allowing you to immerse yourself in Celtic history on your way back to Edinburgh, via the Lochs Fyne and Lomond.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 570

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Day 1

Edinburgh to Inveraray and Bowmore

Day 1 - Edinburgh to Inveraray and Bowmore
Leaving Edinburgh at 8:30am you will head west to Stirling and into the Highlands with a short stop in the holiday town of Callander for refreshments. After travelling through the mountainous northern part of the Loch Lomond National Park you will arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban. You will have a couple of hours here with the chance to visit the Oban Distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch. You will then depart Oban mid-afternoon for the journey to Kennacraig to catch the evening ferry to Islay. The sail is just over 2 hours and you should look out for wildlife such as dolphins, whales and seabirds. On arrival on Islay it is a short drive to Bowmore for your 3 night stay.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Bowmore Cottages

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    Bowmore Cottages



    The single malt created here by generation after generation of Bowmore craftsmen has long been regarded as one of the finest in the world. A stay at Bowmore Distillery Cottages offers the chance to reflect on the heritage of these ancient practices in beautifully renovated ...

    The single malt created here by generation after generation of Bowmore craftsmen has long been regarded as one of the finest in the world. A stay at Bowmore Distillery Cottages offers the chance to reflect on the heritage of these ancient practices in beautifully renovated cottages, located at the centre of a charming village on a beautiful Hebridean island. The cottages are all beautifully renovated, all are located within or beside the distillery complex, and our guests are invited to join us for a complimentary distillery tour, to savour a dram, and to simply relax.

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Day 2

Islay

Day 2 - Islay
Today is a full day exploring Islay. The itinerary today is quite flexible with a mixture of beautiful scenery, white sand beaches, short walks and of course the famous Islay whiskies - renowned for their strong peaty flavours and nurtured by the salty sea air. In the morning you will take the short drive to the west of the island via Saligo Bay for a visit to Kilchoman Distillery (the newest and smallest on the island) with the option of a coastal walk to Machair Bay for any non-whisky lovers. After lunch you will explore the tiny harbour village of Portnahaven (look out for seals) before taking the back roads along the west coast with its lovely sandy bays. Alternatively - for those who want to visit another distillery we will be able to drop you at Bruichladdich for a tasting and visit to the shop. In the afternoon you will have the chance to visit Bowmore distillery or just relax and explore the village. Overnight in Bowmore.

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Duration1 Night
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Bowmore Cottages

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    Bowmore Cottages



    The single malt created here by generation after generation of Bowmore craftsmen has long been regarded as one of the finest in the world. A stay at Bowmore Distillery Cottages offers the chance to reflect on the heritage of these ancient practices in beautifully renovated ...

    The single malt created here by generation after generation of Bowmore craftsmen has long been regarded as one of the finest in the world. A stay at Bowmore Distillery Cottages offers the chance to reflect on the heritage of these ancient practices in beautifully renovated cottages, located at the centre of a charming village on a beautiful Hebridean island. The cottages are all beautifully renovated, all are located within or beside the distillery complex, and our guests are invited to join us for a complimentary distillery tour, to savour a dram, and to simply relax.

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Day 3

Islay

Day 3 - Islay
Another day in paradise! Today you will explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest and peatiest of all whiskies - Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. We will visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce as well as some unique whisky. We follow this up with a visit to Laphroaig and if time allows a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin. It should also be possible to visit to the ruins of Kildalton church with its famous 8th Century Celtic cross. Alternatively we may stop in Bridgend where you could visit the community craft producers at Islay House Square or take a walk through the woods along the nearby River Sorn. Overnight in Bowmore.

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Duration1 Night
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Bowmore Cottages

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    Bowmore Cottages



    The single malt created here by generation after generation of Bowmore craftsmen has long been regarded as one of the finest in the world. A stay at Bowmore Distillery Cottages offers the chance to reflect on the heritage of these ancient practices in beautifully renovated ...

    The single malt created here by generation after generation of Bowmore craftsmen has long been regarded as one of the finest in the world. A stay at Bowmore Distillery Cottages offers the chance to reflect on the heritage of these ancient practices in beautifully renovated cottages, located at the centre of a charming village on a beautiful Hebridean island. The cottages are all beautifully renovated, all are located within or beside the distillery complex, and our guests are invited to join us for a complimentary distillery tour, to savour a dram, and to simply relax.

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Day 4

Islay to Argyll, Oban and Edinburgh

Day 4 - Islay to Argyll, Oban and Edinburgh
This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland and travel the short distance to Kilmartin Glen where we will have lunch. There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin and you will have the chance to see the mysterious stone circles and standing stones and visit the community museum. From her the tour continues round the coast to the beautiful little village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. The town is full of historic buildings with old ships in the harbour and a great whisky shop! Finally you will return via Loch Lomond to Edinburgh for around 7:30pm and are free to make your onward travel arrangements from here.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:

Monday, 3 Apr - 16 Oct*

Friday, 7 Apr - 15 Sep*

* Tour does not operate on: 19, 22, 26 May; 4 Aug.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Touring transportation in a Mercedes mini-coach with a maximum of 16 passengers
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • Breakfast daily
  • All road tolls.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated in the itinerary 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuites 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please make your own way to the departure point for the tour on Day 2. Ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Monday departures offer the chance to see more whisky production as all the distilleries are in operation on weekdays. We recommend the Monday departures as the best choice for real enthusiasts and we try to fit in additional tastings where possible.

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!! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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