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4 Day Islay and the Whisky Coast

Savour the distilled essence of Scotland’s fine landscapes and exquisite whisky on this delectable tour. You may know a thing or two about whisky like how taxes forced distillers to produce whisky at night, or how the Scots once called it the ‘water of life’. But even if you’re knowledgeable about whisky, you’re going to learn a lot more on this four day whisky tour. You discover the smoky flavours of Islay’s single malt whiskies, explore the historic sights of Islay, and spend your time trading notes with fellow whisky lovers.

So join this tour, explore distilleries without having to drive, and enhance your knowledge of whisky, Scotland, and Islay, ‘Queen of the Hebrides’.




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Tour Highlights

  • Oban - This Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy
  • Kilmartin Glen - Return to the past at one of the richest areas in the UK for Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland
  • Bowmore - Journey to the home of Islay’s oldest distillery, this charming place lies on the shores of the picturesque Loch Indaal
  • The Islay Single Malt Whiskies - 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
  • Sandy beaches of Islay - Stroll some of the most beautiful and rugged beaches in the UK along Islay’s West Atlantic coast
  • Inveraray - Explore the fabulous home town of the Duke of Argyll and the stunning ancestral castle
  • Loch Lomond National Park - Enjoy the dramatic splendour of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs and the beautiful national park that surrounds it
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Oban, Loch Lomond National Park and Islay

Explore the delightful harbour town of Oban and venture through the sights and stories of the Loch Lomond National Park.  Try and spot dolphins and whales as you travel by ferry to Islay.

Leaving Edinburgh, you head into the Highlands with a short stop in the holiday town of Callander for refreshments. After travelling through the mountainous part of the Loch Lomond National Park, you arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban. 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. The sail is just over two hours, and you should look out for dolphins, whales, and seabirds.

On arrival it’s a short drive to Bowmore for your three night stay

Day 2 - Kilchoman Distillery, Bruichladdich and Bowmore

Sample Scotland’s peatiest whiskies and discover the modern distillery of Kilchoman. Today you explore Islay’s beautiful viewpoints, white sand beaches, and famous whiskies.

In 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.

After lunch in the distillery, we continue to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit Bruichladdich for another chance to taste delicious single malt whisky.

You head back to Bowmore where you have the chance to visit the distillery or relax and explore the village.

Day 3 - Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg

Savour some of the boldest tasting whiskies in Scotland. Today you explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest and peatiest of all whiskies: Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg. You first visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce.

You then visit Laphroaig, and if there’s time you can take a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin.

On most tours it’s also possible to visit to the ruins of Kildalton church and see its famous 8th Century Celtic cross.

Day 4 - Inveraray

Get a sense of the old history of Inveraray. This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland.

From here the tour continues round the coast to the beautiful village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. The town is full of historic buildings, old ships in the harbour, and a great whisky shop!

You return via Loch Lomond to Edinburgh.

Oban
53°
mostly cloudy
81% humidity
wind: 7mph ESE
H 66 • L 47
67°
Thu
67°
Fri
70°
Sat
69°
Sun
70°
Mon
Weather from Yahoo!

Important Information

  • Discounts for students and seniors over 60.
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person.
  • Unfortunately we don’t carry anyone under 18 years old on this tour.

Tour Inclusions

  • All ferry and bridge crossings.
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.

Departure Information

  • Departs 08.30 – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.
  • Returns 20.00 approx.

Accommodation

  • On this tour we reserve you rooms in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages.
  • The cottages have between three and six twin bedrooms.
  • Due to the shared nature of the accommodation, individual bedrooms don’t have lockable doors.
  • The kitchen and lounge facilities are shared with other passengers, and basic self-service breakfast ingredients are provided.
  • Full Scottish breakfasts are available at the nearby hotels if you prefer payable locally.
  • Prices are £42.50 per person per night twin/double share or £75 per night for a single.  For this option, please select ‘B&B en-suite’ as your first choice when booking the tour online.
  • When these rooms are full, we book you into a nearby B&B.  Rooms at the cottages are limited and are reserved on a first come first served basis.
  • Local B&B charges are £50 per person per night.
  • There’s also a limited number of 3* hotel rooms available on this tour.
  • We contact you afterwards to arrange payment for the accommodation.


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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