4-day Isle of Islay and Scotch Whisky Distilleries Tour from Edinburgh
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Leave Edinburgh behind by ferry for Islay on this 4-day small-group tour. Port Ellen will be your base for the duration of the tour as you visit six distilleries, including Glengoyne, Bowmore, Ardbeg, and Kilchoman. Enjoy sightseeing at Loch Lomond and Kilmartin as well. Your accommodation, transportation, and driver/guide are included on this tour. Whiskey distillery fees are not included.
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  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom , United Kingdom
  • 4 days
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John N

This limited numbers tour exceeded my expectations. Andrew our awesome tour guide made sure the tour was flexible enough to meet the whiskey preferences of our group. This is a must do tour for any whiskey lover as you are able to access the special tasting experiences denied the casual visitor.

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what to expect

Day 1

Begin your tour by meeting your driver/guide on Edinburgh's most famous street, the Royal Mile at around 8:30am. Journey through Edinburgh's Old and New Towns before making your way to Glasglow. There, you will meet up with the rest of your group. Then, visit Glengoyne, often called Scotland's prettiest distillery. Please note that whiskey distillery fees are not included in this tour; It is suggested to budget £40 per person. Enjoy views of Loch Lomond from Tarbet, a quaint village, and take in the Highland scenery at the Rest and Be Thankful pass. Catch the ferry from Kennacraig to Islay. Your base for the next three days is the fishing village of Port Ellen.

Day 2

Islay is the southern-most island of the Inner Hebrides, and is inhabited by just over 3,000 people. Recognize the warmth of the people immediately as you experience the Islay wave. Despite its small population, it is home to 8 distilleries. First, visit Bowmore to learn the paking of the perfect dram and try their single malt as you enjoy the views over Loch Indaal. Join tours of the Bruichladdich and Kilchoman distilleries in the afternoon. Kilchoman farm distillery, one of Scotland’s smallest, has every part of the distilling process on site.

Day 3

One of the finest Celtic Crosses in Scotland can be found on Islay on the grounds of the Old Parish Church of Kildalton. Take a tour here in the morning before making your way to Ardbeg distillery. They have titled World Whiskey of the Year 4 times in the last 7 years, so  this is an unmissable stop on your tour. Next, visit Lagavulin distillery and, finally, Laphroaig. This whiskey thrived in America during the Prohibition (1920-1933) where it's import was allowed because it was labelled a medicinal spirit due to its distinctive flavor.

Day 4

Start your last day with a morning ferry crossing from Port Ellen to Kennacraig. Make the short drive to Loch Fyne at Tarbert for lunch. This lovely fishing village has delicious fresh seafood on offer around the harborside. Visit Kilmartin Glen to explore Dunadd Fort, where you can see some extraordinary features carved into the Iron Age structure here. Finally, visit Loch Lomond where your guide will ensure you get the best viewpoints of the UK’s largest loch. Then say goodbye as you return to your departure city by around 6pm.

inclusions and exclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast (Days 2, 3, and 4)
  • Driver/guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Round-trip ferry
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Whisky distillery fees (approx. £40 per person)
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Returns to original departure point
  • Breakfast included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Luggage allowance is 33lbs (15kg) per person
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.