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  3. Edinburgh
  4. Loch Lomond

Islay: 4-Day Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

Product ID: 176142
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Sample whisky from 8 of Scotland’s finest whisky distilleries. This tour takes you to a Scottish island paradise, with stunning scenery, ancient history and traditional culture.
About this activity
Duration 4 days
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Live tour guide
English
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Cancel up to 14 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit and taste whisky from 7 world class distilleries
  • Try whisky straight from the cask
  • Explore the Victorian town of Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland
  • Explore Bowmore's empty beaches, local wild life and ancient sites
Full description
DAY 1

Depart Edinburgh and head north into the mountainous Highlands. Arrive in the Victorian town of Oban and enjoy a tour and tasting of Oban Distillery. Oban is the seafood capital of Scotland, and you'll have time here for lunch and exploring. Your tour takes you to the ancient Neolithic landscapes of Kilmartin Glen. There are hundreds of ancient monuments and historic sites in this region.

From Kennacraig, board the ferry to Islay. The ferry takes around 2 hours. Admire beautiful views of the islands and the surrounding area, relax in the bar with an Islay whisky or grab dinner. On arrival, drive to Bowmore to check-in for your 3-night stay.

DAYS 2 and 3

With 2 full days to explore, there are plenty of options for sightseeing: empty beaches, whitewashed villages, ancient sites, the Kildalton Cross, medieval strongholds, local wildlife and traditional cultures – plus fresh seafood to enjoy. With only around 3000 people and 8 world class distilleries, the chances of finding a ‘wee dram’ on Islay are pretty good.

Your day includes a warehouse experience at Lagavulin, lunch and a tour at Ardbeg and a look at the Laphroaig maltings. Your second day brings a private tour of Bruichladdich, a chance to gaze over the Sound of Jura from the Bunnahabhain and a behind the scenes peek at the independent Kilchoman. 

DAY 4

Catch the morning ferry back to Kennacraig. On arrival, head to the loch-side town of Inveraray. This is the seat of the clan Campbell, home to the Loch Fyne Whisky shop and your stop for lunch. After lunch, travel along the shores of Loch Fyne and Loch Long before climbing up to the Rest and Be Thankful mountain passes for stunning views. Finish off your tour on the shores of Loch Lomond. 
 
Includes
  • 3 nights B&B accommodation (all rooms ensuite)
  • All tours and tastings
  • Transportation
What’s Not Included
  • Lunches and dinners
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

Cafe Nero, 1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Please note the suitable age for this tour is 18 years or older
• This tour accepts a maximum of 16 people
• Accommodation is on a B&B basis in the Bowmore House. The price is based on 2/3 sharing a twin / double / triple room. There is an additional supplement of £95 for single occupancy
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Product ID: 176142