If you love Islay whiskies then this is the trip for you!
Join us on a discovery trip to the beautiful island of Islay with it’s rugged beauty, abundant history, friendly locals (including the sheep), hardy wildlife and of course the world famous Islay whiskies. Choose to fly from Glasgow Airport (not included in cost) or take the 2 hour ferry trip (included in cost) from Kennacraig.
-Relax and let the white sand beaches relieve the stresses.
-Become completely acquainted with all of the islands famous distilleries (price includes in-depth distillery tours)
-Visit some of the islands historical sites and landmarks.
-Meet the locals and the local wildlife.
-Eat some the best seafood around (meals at own discretion/ expense).
This tour is aimed squarely at Islay whisky enthusiasts. Relax and make the most of the fact that someone else is driving you! Islay whiskies are renowned the world over and they are not all smoky! So, to why not literally push the boat out and come along to Islay to get acquainted with the spirits of Islay. Preferred meeting location for this tour is Glasgow and will involve a drive past the famous Loch Lomond on the way to the ferry.
What’s not included?
-all meals and refreshments (except where hotel offers Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
-accommodation. Package can be put together. Recommendations for standard, premium or luxury accommodation available. Please ask on booking.
Day 1: Travel to island (by ferry or air). Air at extra cost and subject to usual airline availability and weather restrictions.
-Settle into accommodation
-Visit Lagavulin Distillery and enjoy the ‘Lagavulin Sensory Tasting Experience’ tour
-Move on to Ardbeg distillery and take part in the ‘Ardbeg Bog Off Walk’. A spectacular hike around the distillery source stopping for an inclusive packed lunch. This tour also includes a tour of the distillery. (This tour is weather dependent and good walking shoes and waterproof clothing are advised). If this tour cannot go ahead due to weather conditions an alternative Ardbeg tour will be available.
-A leisurely drive round the West coast of the island to Bruichladdich distillery for tastings of the incredible smoky Bruichladdich Octomore and other statements plus The Botanist gin (if tempted).
-Return to accommodation to relax followed by dinner at restaurant of your choice. Options will be made available.
Day 2: After a hearty breakfast explore the white sand beaches of the south of the island with a visit to the 8th century Celtic Christian cross of Kildalton Cross.
-Move North east on the island to discover the whiskies of Bunnahabhain and their “Warehouse 9 Experience”. Taste 3 whiskies straight from the cask and have the opportunity to buy your very own self-filled bottle.
-Lunch at the Port Askaig Hotel (own expense). There is also a fabulous whisky selection in the traditional bar.
-Move round the coast to the distillery with arguably the best views on Islay, Caol Ila, for a whisky tasting and chocolate pairing!
-Leisurely afternoon free to explore Bowmore.
-Return to accommodation
Day 3: After another hearty breakfast we explore the beautiful and rugged west peninsula of the island with stops at the remote hamlet of Sanaigmore visiting the gallery and cafe and the nature reserve at Loch Gruinart where all manner of birdlife can be viewed in their natural habitat.
-Move west to the smallest and newest distillery on Islay, Kilchoman. Drive past the distilleries own barley fields swaying in the breeze before taking a premium discovery tour at the tiny distillery plus lunch in the distillery cafe.
-Travel to the pretty village of Portnahaven to explore and chill out and admire the views over to the small islands of Eilean Mhic Coinnich and Orsay then rounds the coast back to Bridgend and to quench the thirst a visit to the Islay Ales Brewery where the Gold Medal winning ‘Black Rock Ale’ can be sampled.
-Free late afternoon to relax before dinner and evenings entertainment (at own expense).
Day 4: After breakfast check out of accomodation
-Visit Finlaggan, an important Scottish historical site being where the ‘Lords of the Isles’ were installed and it is also known as ‘the Cradle of the Clan Donald’. An important site therefore for all the Macdonalds of the world!
-Head South to the home of the famous Laphroaig brand. This tour tour will be the ‘Distillers Wares’ and includes lunch. (included in price)
-Make our way to Port Askaig for the return ferry. Maybe have a dram at the Port Askaig Hotel bar before the ferry arrives.
-Arrive at Kennacraig ferry terminal and make way back to your drop off point.
– Standard – Basic level accommodation costed in any tour priced including accommodation.
– Premium – Higher grade likely to include breakfast or standard level accommodation in an area where general costs of accommodation are higher due to seasonality.
– Luxury – Superior high level accommodation likely to be graded 5* by the Scottish Tourist Board and likely to include dinner in the package. Availability for this can be limited in some areas.
PLEASE NOTE: WHERE AN ADJUSTMENT TO COST OF ACCOMMODATION HAS TO BE MADE, UP OR DOWN, AN ADJUSTMENT INVOICE OR CREDIT WILL BE ISSUED ONCE ACCOMMODATION IS FINALISED.
Please note that this tour will require 4 consecutive days free in the calendar.