A whisky and nature lover's dream
Our small-group tour begins on Edinburgh’s most famous street, the Royal Mile where you will meet your incredible Highland Experience driver-guide. Begin your journey through Edinburgh before continuing toward the western city of Glasgow, to pick up the rest of your tour group. We’ll then make our way to our first distillery; Glengoyne. Often called Scotland’s prettiest distillery, this is the perfect place to begin our 4-day whisky adventure. We can enjoy views of Loch Lomond from the little village of Tarbet, and see the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, which offers a beautiful viewpoint over Glen Croe, before catching the ferry from Kennacraig to Islay. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, you may catch a glimpse of seals, dolphins or even whales! You will then be dropped off at your accommodation in the charming fishing village of Port Ellen. You’ll notice the malted barley smell in the air, as Islay's coast is flanked with distilleries.
Islay is inhabited by just over 3,000 people and is home to 8 distilleries! You’ll recognise the warmth of the people here immediately, as you experience the famous "Islay wave". The first Islay distillery we’ll visit is Bowmore, where you will learn their lengthy process of making the perfect dram and be able to enjoy the view over Loch Indaal while you try their single malt. You’ll also get the option to take part in tours of Bruichladdich and Kilchoman distilleries in the afternoon. Kilchoman farm distillery, despite being one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, has every part of the distilling process on site. Today you will also be able to enjoy a walk along Machir beach, with 2km of perfect sand, this is arguably Islay’s most spectacular beach.
The magnificent carved Celtic Cross at Kildalton is one of the finest in Scotland. This early Christian cross is found in the grounds of the Old Parish Church of Kildalton which we’ll tour in the morning before making our way to our first distillery of day 3, Ardbeg. Awarded the title of ''World Whisky of the Year'' 4 times in the last 7 years, this is an unmissable stop on our tour. We’ll continue to Lagavulin distillery and, finally, Laphroaig – its distinctive flavour saw it thrive in America during the Prohibition (1920-1933) where its import was allowed due it being labelled a 'medicinal spirit'.
Our final day begins with a morning ferry crossing from Port Ellen to Kennacraig. From here we’ll make the short drive to Loch Fyne at Tarbert for lunch. This picturesque fishing village has delicious fresh seafood on offer around the harbourside. After lunch, we’ll make our way to Kilmartin Glen where you can explore Dunadd Fort. Occupied since the Iron Age, there are some extraordinary features carved into the rock here. Finally, we’ll visit Loch Lomond where your guide will ensure you get the best views of the UK's largest loch. We’ll then have to say goodbye as we return you to your departure city.
(from 4th April - 10th October)
(Edinburgh) - 08:30 am / 19:00 pm
(Glasgow) - 09:45 am / 19:00 pm
1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RE
266 George Street, Glasgow