ISLAY & THE WHISKEY COAST

Two (2) independent days in Edinburgh (pre/post) with four (4) days to immerse yourself on the world famous Isle of Islay, a whiskey connoisseurs dream.

ISLAY & THE WHISKEY COAST

Two (2) independent days in Edinburgh (pre/post) with four (4) days to immerse yourself on the world famous Isle of Islay, a whiskey connoisseurs dream.

Tour Highlights

  • Small intimate coaches.
  • Scenic views of beautiful Scotland.
  • Islay and the Whiskey Coast.

Islay and the Whiskey Coast

  • Five (5) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh (pre/post) at pre-booked mid-ranged 3-4 * hotel in Edinburgh City. To be advised at time of booking.
  • Three (3) nights at the Bowmore Distillery Cottages*
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival, continental self-serve at the Bowmore Cottages).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Four (4) days of custom touring.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.
*Please note for 2019 departures: Sunday and Thursday departures will stay at the Bowmore cottages, whereas Tuesday departures will stay in a hotel*

Additional Notes

Part of this tour has a number of rooms in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages. These are self-catering cottages in the grounds of the distillery itself and offer a unique accommodation experience. The cottages have between 3 and 6 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 LOCKABLE DOORS. When these rooms are full we will use nearby B&Bs.


Itinerary

Day 01, Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh; Transfer to your hotel is included You are free to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. (Please note, hotel check-in is generally between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 02, Edinburgh - Touring Begins - Islay

Make your way to the Edinburgh departure point (see departure point information below) for 8:15 am (If you booked a departure point transfer at time of booking, your driver will collect you as noted on your voucher). Depart Edinburgh at 8:30 am. Leaving Edinburgh you will head west to Stirling and into the Highlands with a short stop in the holiday town of Callander for refreshments. After traveling through the mountainous northern part of the Loch Lomond National Park you will arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban. You will have a couple of hours here with the chance to visit the Oban distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch. You will then depart Oban mid-afternoon for the journey to Kennacraig to catch the evening ferry to Islay. The sail is just over 2 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 (3) night stay.

Day 03, Touring - A full day exploring Islay

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 flavors and nurtured by the salty sea air. In the morning you 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-whiskey lovers. After lunch you will explore the tiny harbor 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. Alternatively - for those who want to visit another distillery we will be able to drop you off at Bruichladdich for a tasting and visit to the shop. You will have the chance to visit Bowmore Distillery or just relax and explore the village.

Day 04, Touring - Another day in paradise!

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. You will 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 whiskey. You then follow that up with a visit to Laphroaig or a 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 05, Touring - Edinburgh

This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland and travel the short distance to Kilmartin Glen where we will have lunch. There are more than 350 prehistoricmonuments within a six mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, and you will have the chance to see the mysterious stone circles, standing stones, as well as visit the community museum. From here the tour continues around the coast to the beautiful 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! Finally you will return via Loch Lomond to your accomodations in Edinburgh.

Day 06, Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the U.S.

Rates & Hotels

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2019 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
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May 21  (Sold Out) $1489
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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

3 Nights at Bowmore Cottages, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel (pre/post)
3 Nights at Hotel on Islay, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel (pre/post)

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

Bowmore Distillery Cottages

Bowmore, Isle of Islay, Argyll -

A stay with us at Bowmore Distillery Cottages offers the chance to reflect on the heritage of these ancient practices in beautifully renovated cottages, located at the centre of a charming village on a beautiful Hebridean island. [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

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Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

UK Hotel

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Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Children under 18 years are not allowed on this tour.

Price may fluctuate end of July and end of August due to seasonal overlap.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start/end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from the date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would start touring in Edinburgh including any pre/post nights. Does not include air travel.

Saturday departures offer the chance to see more whiskey production as all the distilleries are in operation on weekdays. We recommend the Saturday departures as the best choice for real enthusiasts and we try to fit in additional tastings where possible.