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Islay & the Whisky Coast (4 day)
Explore the incredible island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland and visit the distilleries of the 'Whisky Coast'
To book call us on 0845 859 1006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|-Loch Lomond National Park||-The Islay Distilleries|
|-Kilmartin and Dalriada||-Sandy bays of Islay’s west coast|
This 4 day specialist whisky tour takes you to the “Queen of the Isles” and the Whisky Coast. Islay is home to 8 of Scotland’s finest malt whisky distilleries Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Caol Ila and Kilchoman. For the whisky enthusiast this tour will give you an in depth knowledge and even better - you won’t need to drive anywhere yourself!
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!!
* Accommodation as described in booking confirmation
* Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach
* For a more personal experience a maximum of 16 passengers
* Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
* All ferry and bridge crossings
* Rabbie's Discount Card - money off restaurants, shopping and attractions
* Meals and refreshments
* Entrance fees to all distilleries and visitor attractions
Children: we regret we do not carry any children on this tour. Minimum age is 18
Leaving Edinburgh at 08.30 you will head west through Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow along Loch Lomond then west through the mountains to the beautiful little village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. Here you can perhaps sample some of the local seafood for lunch or just explore the historic town itself. After lunch you will then travel through Argyll and into the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin. We will stop here to see the mysterious stone circles and standing stones and visit the community museum. From here it is a short drive to Kennacraig where we catch the early evening ferry to Islay. The sail is just over 2 hours and you should look out for wildlife such as dolphins, whales and seabirds.
Overnight stay in Bowmore on Islay. Please note: some of the accommodation is on a room-only basis in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages – places here are limited and early booking is advised. Meals are available at nearby hotels and restaurants.
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 we 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. In the afternoon you will stop at the privately owned Bruichladdich Distillery for a tour and tasting and visit 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.
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 then follow that up with a visit to Laphroaig. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce as well as some unique whisky. While in the area we will visit the ruins of Kildalton church with its famous 8th Century Celtic cross. In the late afternoon there will be the option to spend some free time in Bowmore village. Here you can visit the famous Round Church, Bowmore Distillery itself (June – Aug) or just relax with a quiet drink looking out over the water. Alternatively we may stop in Bridgend where you could visit the community craft producers (and brewery!) at Islay House Square or take a walk through the woods along the nearby River Sorn.
Overnight in Bowmore again
This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland then travel up the coast to Oban – a busy harbour town and the main ferry port for the islands. Here we will drop off anyone who is continuing on the Mull, Iona and Isle of Skye extension. The others will have some free time to explore the town, have a late lunch or even pop into Oban Distillery before departing for the return trip to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Return time approx. 20.00
Please note – itinerary and distillery visits are subject to variation throughout the season and may not be the same described above, however there will always be a minimum of 4 distillery visits during the tour.
Additional Information :
Edinburgh Departure: 207 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PE - 8.30am
Glasgow Departure: 11 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DY - 9.45am
Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled departure time to check in for tour
Cancellation Policy – minimum 28 days (working days Mon- Fri) 40% will be retained by VisitScotland.com. Less than 28 days 100% will be retained and no refund will apply.
|Open All Year|
|Departs from Edinburgh 8.30 on selected Mondays - 08/04, 22/04, 06/05, 13/05, 20/05, 03/06, 10/06, 17/06, 24/06, 01/07, 15/07, 29/07, 12/08, 26/08 then weekly from 09/09 to 07/10 and Fridays - 03/05, 10/05, 17/05 then weekly from 07/06 to 13/09 (08/04/2013 - 07/10/2013)|
|Departs from Glasgow 9.45 on selected Fridays - 03/05, 10/05, 17/05 then weekly from 07/06 to 13/09 (03/05/2013 - 13/09/2013)|
* Edinburgh Departures - from 207 High Street
Glasgow Departures - from 11 George Square
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult - Room Only Edinburgh Departure||£369.00 per ticket|
|Adult - Room Only Glasgow Departure||£369.00 per ticket|
Friday Departures can also leave from Glasgow at 9.45 - Glasgow pickup must be specified at time of booking
*Prices displayed are based on two people sharing a Twin/Double room
**Single occupancy available on request.
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Open Mon to Fri: 0900 - 1700
Closed on Saturday & Sunday
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