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Lagavulin Distillery, Isle of Islay © The Hebridean Explorer

4 Day Isle of Islay and West Highlands Whisky Trail

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May — September

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Discover the wonderful whiskies of Islay with a four day tour from Inverness that allows for two full days to explore up to six of the malt whisky distilleries on Islay – along with the stunning scenery of the West Highlands and the Isle of Islay

Day 1 - Our Isle of Islay and West Highlands whisky tour begins at Inverness where we follow the ancient geological fault line that cuts through the Highlands – the Great Glen – towards Fort William, with scenic stops at Loch Ness and Fort Augustus on the way. After a refreshement break at Fort William we continue south to Oban where we visit the famous Oban distillery. The late afternoon takes us south through Kilmartin Glen towards Kennacraig where we board the evening ferry for a 2¼ hour sailing across to the Isle of Islay and the first of our three overnight stays on the island.

Day 2 and 3 - We have two full days on Islay and the itinerary can be adapted around your tastes and personal choices. Generally we aim to enjoy two standard distillery whisky tours each day and if possible add in a third distillery for tastings. Alternatively, you may wish to take an extended distillery tour of your favourite whisky - just let us know and we can design a specific itinerary to suit.

Choose from Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bowmore, Kilchoman, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila.

Day 4 - We leave the Isle of Islay on the morning sailing back to the mainland. It is then a scenic drive north to Oban where we enjoy a late lunch. The afternoon takes us through Fort William and along the Great Glen back towards Inverness. Throughout our return drive we break the journey with a number of scenic viewpoint stops including Spean Bridge and Inverlochy Castle.

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The Hebridean Explorer

The Hebridean Explorer (John Alasdair Macdonald) is an independent tour guide specialising in private guided tours for small groups (up to 3) from Inverness and Edinburgh covering the Scottish Highlands and Islands including the Isle of Skye, the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland along with Scotch whisky, Highland clans and history tours.

Opening times

January to December, Monday to Sunday 8.30am to 7.30pm

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