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8 Day Islay, Edinburgh and Speyside Whisky Holiday

Savour the experience of Scotland’s finer distilleries on this comprehensive tasting tour from Edinburgh. Whisky is a golden-hued contradiction. It’s somehow smoothly harsh, subtly bold, and roughly refined. It’s undoubtedly an ‘acquired taste’ and on this tour, we give you time to understand all of whisky’s nuanced characteristics in two of Scotland’s outstanding whisky regions.

You begin by savouring the smoky and peaty whiskies of the Isle of Islay. You then return to Edinburgh to experience an exclusive lunch at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. And for dessert, you head north for a chance to indulge in the light, sweet single malts of the Speyside region. What’s more is between all the delectable flavours you get chance to see Scotland’s famous national parks, lochs, and ancient sites. It’s a tour that blends the beauty and tastes of Scotland.

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Tour Highlights

  • The Islay Distilleries - Admire unforgettable views at this epic expanse of untouched wilderness
  • Bowmore village - The white-washed cosy ‘capital’ village of Islay has more whisky than you’d dare to believe
  • Loch Lomond National Park - Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society lunch and tasting - Savour a meal that’s perfectly paired with a dram
  • Cairngorms National Park - The area boasts four out of five of the UK’s highest mountains. What’s more is there’s a lot of gorgeous flora and fauna
  • Speyside - Quite literally whisky heaven. There are more distilleries per square mile here than anywhere else
  • Speyside Cooperage - Learn about the lifecycle of a whisky cask
  • Royal Deeside - Throughout history the Royal Family have loved exploring this gorgeous region of Scotland
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Loch Lomond National Park, Oban and Islay

Day 2


Day 3

Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg

Day 4

Kilmartin Glen and Inveraray

Day 5

Edinburgh and Scotch Malt Whisky Society,

Day 6

Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Dalwhinnie and Spey

Day 7

Benromach Distillery, Speyside Cooperage and Cardhu Distillery

Day 8

Glenlivet and Braemar

Day 1

Leaving Edinburgh you 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 part of the Loch Lomond National Park, you arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban. You have a couple of hours here with the chance to visit the Oban Distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch.

You then depart Oban mid-afternoon for the journey to Kennacraig to catch the evening ferry to Islay. The sail is just over two 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 three night stay.

Day 2

A full day exploring Islay. The itinerary today is flexible with a mixture of beautiful scenery, white sand beaches, short walks and the famous Islay whiskies – renowned for their strong peaty flavours and nurtured by the salty sea air.

In the morning, you 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 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, on the way back to Bowmore. You have the chance to visit Bowmore distillery or just relax and explore the village.

Day 3

Another day in paradise! Today, you explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest and peatiest of all whiskies – Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. We 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 there is time, 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.

Day 4

This morning, you take the ferry back to the mainland and travel the short distance to Kilmartin Glen where we have lunch. There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, and you have the chance to see the mysterious stone circles and standing stones and visit the community museum.

From here 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! We travel past Loch Lomond before arriving in Edinburgh at around 19.30.

Day 5

Today is a free day to explore Edinburgh, the historic capital of Scotland. There are so many options available here – why not take one our city tour to familiarise yourself with the ‘old’ and ‘new’ towns of the city.

No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to her medieval castle. Sitting on a volcanic plug there is no other city in Europe to offer a setting quite as unique as that of the castle rising high above the majestic Princes Street gardens, to the hustle and bustle of the city’s first new town, and the main thoroughfare awash with designer shops.

Lunch is booked for you at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, a private members club of whisky enthusiasts from all over the world. A two course lunch will be served in the excellent restaurant, following by a tasting of two special cask whiskies in the members rooms. Overnight again in Edinburgh.

Day 6

This morning, make your way to our Waterloo Place departure point at 09.00 for the next leg of your tour – a three-day Speyside Whisky adventure, starting with the journey north into the Highlands.

The first stop is the historic village of Dunkeld for a short walk through the forest to some atmospheric waterfalls. After lunch in Pitlochry, you make your first distillery visit at Dalwhinnie – the highest distillery in the country and the closest to the source of the River Spey.

From here, you follow the river north through the Cairngorm National Park to the small town of Grantown on Spey – you base for the next two nights.

Day 7

A whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive toward the coast, your first stop of the day will be at the family owned Benromach Distillery for a personalised tour.

From here it is a short distance to Elgin – home to Gordon and Macphail – one of the world’s leading specialist whisky bottlers and suppliers. From here, you travel back up the Spey to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage where you will see another aspect of the whisky making process.

After lunch here or in nearby Aberlour, you visit Cardhu Distillery. Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here is back to Grantown on Spey.

Day 8

Takes you through the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains on route back to Edinburgh. In the morning, you explore Glenlivet – not just a distillery but also a beautiful glen with great walks and wonderful wildlife.

Later you will pass by the famous Balmoral Castle and stop in the village of Braemar in the heart of the National Park.

From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass then through the Perthshire before arriving back in Edinburgh.

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

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.
  • Seven nights’ accommodation.
  • Lunch at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Departure Information

  • Departs 08.30 – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.
  • Returns 18.30.


  • On this tour we have pre-booked a number of rooms in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages for the first three nights.
  • These are self-catering cottages in the grounds of the distillery itself and offer a unique accommodation experience.
  • The cottages have between three and six bedrooms and these are all en-suite but are NOT serviced during your stay.
  • The kitchen and lounge facilities are shared and self-service continental breakfast ingredients will be provided.
  • Please note that due to the shared nature of the accommodation, individual bedrooms do not have their own lockable doors.
  • Occasionally when these rooms are full we will use nearby B&Bs.
  • The accommodation in Edinburgh for nights four and five will be in 3* Motel One or a similar city centre hotel. (Breakfast included).
  • The accommodation in Grantown on Spey for nights six and seven will be in the 3* Garth Hotel or similar. (Breakfast included).


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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