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Village on Islay
Isle of Islay, Scotland © Nordic Visitor

Islay Whisky Journey

From £2523 per adult

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March — October

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Experience some of the very best in Scottish whisky on this private tour to the Isle of Islay by Nordic Visitor. Learn about production and history while visiting a range of distilleries on the "Queen of the Hebrides".

This private tour is ideal for whisky enthusiasts who want to visit Edinburgh and the Isle of Islay, famous for its "water of life". Combine sightseeing and tastings at the distilleries you want to visit. Your travel consultant and private guide will recommend and adjust distilleries and stops along the way based on your interests.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN EDINBURGH

Upon your arrival in Edinburgh, you will be greeted by a private driver who will take you to your hotel in the city centre. For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking through the city and exploring the Old Town and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle. You could also start your whisky tour by visiting the largest private collection of whisky at the Scotch Whisky Experience.

Spend the night in Edinburgh.

DAY 2: TOWARDS THE WEST COAST

Today your private tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle. You'll then journey to the west coast, passing through some stunning landscapes along the way. You'll drive through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, stopping at the picturesque town of Inveraray. You can take some time to visit its fairy-tale castle or its well-stocked Fyne Whisky Shop. Later, you'll board a ferry bound for Islay. Don't miss the beautiful views as you journey to the Hebridean isle.

Spend the night on the Isle of Islay.

Included: Ferry crossing, duration 2 hours

Driving distance: 305 km / 190 miles

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 9-10 hours

DAY 3: ISLAY'S SOUTH COAST

Today, you'll discover the south coast and peninsula of Islay. This region is home to three of the smokiest distilleries on the island, Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg. You can pick which ones you want to visit. Your guide will also take you to see the peat bogs, from which Islay's peaty flavour comes from. Later, you can spend some time admiring the Kildalton Cross and wandering around the picturesque Port Ellen beach.

Spend another night on Islay.

Driving distance: 64 km / 40 miles

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours

DAY 4: NORTH ISLAY

You have another full day on Islay, this time taking in the views of the northern parts of the island. The distilleries located here, including Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich and Ardnahoe, have more subtle and coastal tones compared to yesterday's peaty hits. Choose from the six distilleries of the area to create your ideal tasting day. Other highlights of today's itinerary include visiting the Islay Woollen Mill to learn about traditional weaving and taking a scenic walk along the beautiful Machir Beach.

Spend another night on Islay.

Driving distance: 80 km / 50 miles  

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours

DAY 5: RETURN TO EDINBURGH

Today you'll catch the ferry back to the mainland and retrace your steps through the national park back to Edinburgh. Admire the mountains, fields and valleys along the way. You also have the choice to end your trip in Glasgow if you would like to explore Scotland's largest city.

Spend the night in Edinburgh.

Included: Ferry crossing, duration 2 hours

Driving distance: 310 km / 195 miles

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 9-10 hours

DAY 6: DEPARTURE FROM SCOTLAND

On your day of departure, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you directly to the airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may take your last few hours to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s many museums, or take one last stroll through the charming city centre.

Contact details

Nordic Visitor UK
139/2 George Street
Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh
Scotland
EH2 4JY
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre Edinburgh Airport
Length
6
Days
Transport
Driver guide
Type
Private
Languages
English
Themes
Food and drink Landscapes Whisky

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  • £2523 Per Adult
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Nordic Visitor UK

Nordic Visitor provides tailored tour packages in Scotland. Our travel experts are based in Edinburgh and will craft a personal itinerary for you based on your vacation or holiday needs. All our travel packages are tested by our consultants to ensure your Scottish getaway is everything you dreamed of and more. Choose from self-drive, small group or private tours. You'll also find a range of special interest packages including tours focusing on castles, whisky, cuisine, Outlander and more!

Opening times

Monday: 9am–5pm
Tuesday: 9am–5pm
Wednesday: 9am–5pm
Thursday: 9am–5pm
Friday: 9am–5pm
Office closed during local Edinburgh holidays.

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