/OCT & 19/DEC/15 to 04/JAN/16
|B&B twin||$491||$510||Wed||18/MAR to 4/NOV||9.00||18.30|
|single||$550||$571||& Fri||1/MAY to 25/SEP||9.00||18.30|
|Sold out : 7/17/2015|
4 day Islay and Whisky Coast map
This 4 day specialist whisky tour takes you to the Queen of the Isles and the Whisky Coast. Islay is home to 8 of Scotlands finest malt whisky distilleries Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Caol Ila and Kilchoman. For the whisky enthusiast this tour will give you an in depth knowledge and even better - you wont need to drive anywhere yourself! *This tour can pick up and drop off in Glasgow. Departs: Edinburgh 08.30 Returns 20.00 approx. Edinburgh departures from: 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh,
Glasgow Departure Point outside Parish Hall, 266 George Street(next to the City Chambers, between North Frederick Street and John Street),
Departure Dates: Mondays, Fridays
Day 1 Leaving Edinburgh at 08.30 you will head west through Scotlands largest city, Glasgow along Loch Lomond then west through the mountains to the beautiful little village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. Here you can perhaps sample some of the local seafood for lunch or just explore the historic town itself. After lunch you will then travel through Argyll and into the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin. We will stop here to see the mysterious stone circles and standing stones and visit the community museum. From here it is a short drive to Kennacraig where we catch the early 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 is is a short drive to Bowmore for your 3 night stay. Please see accommodation notes below.
Day 2 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 flavours and nurtured by the salty sea air. In the morning we 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-whisky lovers. In the afternoon you will stop at the privately owned Bruichladdich Distillery for a tour and tasting and visit the tiny harbour 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.
Day 3 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. We 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 whisky. We then follow that up with a visit to Laphroaig. While in the area we will visit the ruins of Kildalton church with its famous 8th Century Celtic cross. In the late afternoon there will be the option to spend some free time in Bowmore village. Here you can visit the famous Round Church, Bowmore Distillery itself (June Aug) or just relax with a quiet drink looking out over the water. Alternatively we may stop in Bridgend where you could visit the community craft producers (and brewery!) at Islay House Square or take a walk through the woods along the nearby River Sorn.
Day 4 This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland then travel up the coast to Oban a busy harbour town and the main ferry port for the islands. Here we will drop off anyone who is continuing on the Mull, Iona and Isle of Skye extension. The others will have some free time to explore the town, have a late lunch or even pop into Oban Distillery before departing for the return trip to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Return time approx. 20.00 Departure Point 207 High St, Edinburgh.
Return to Waverley Bridge opposite Waverley Train Station
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Services of a professional driver/guide
All ferry and bridge crossings.
Discount Card - money off restaurants, shopping and attractions
2015 from Edinburgh
|USD PER PERSON||
19/DEC/15 to 04/JAN/16
17/APR - 25/SEP
(except 22/MAY and 29/MAY)
|ROOM ONLY single||$963||$983||13/APRto 12/OCT (except 25/MAY)||8.30||20.00|
|Adult||Child 5-15||Adult||Child 5-15|
|APR/MAY/OCT & 19/DEC/15 to 04/JAN/16||01/JUN/15 to 30/SEP/15|
Exclusions: All meals and refreshments. Entrance fees to all distilleries and visitor attractions.
tour we have pre-booked a number of rooms in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery
Cottages. All these rooms are ensuite and a self service continental breakfast
will be provided.
Edinburgh departures from: 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 6PM orPlease Email Us For Information
Single Malts and the Whisky Trail 8 DAYS Self Drive or a Private Guided Tour
No visit to Scotland is complete without sampling a 'wee dram' and you will get the chance to taste some of the finished product. Known in the Gaelic as Uisge Beatha (or 'water of life') whisky has been produced for centuries in Scotland and the art is now close to perfection.
There are many fascinating and culturally important things to see and beautiful places to go when visiting Scotland and ideally, our tours will feature the best of Scotland, alongside the best of Scotch Malt Whisky.
Although there are distilleries throughout Scotland, some are far flung, and a visit to a well stocked pub or restaurant filled with a variety of single malts can aid in the quest. This 8 day car tour provides visitors with the best of the Highlands and a visit to Speyside, Scotlands famous whisky producing area. Come at any time to enjoy famous names and share well-kept secrets with knowledgeable locals in well-stocked bars and friendly pubs.
You can explore this area by self drive tour, but why not tour by minibus with a driver/guide, just for your group. Sit back and relax. Enjoy!
Day 1 - EDINBURGH/PERTH - DEWARS DALWHINNIE Welcome to Scotland, the land of Rob Roy, and the setting for the film, "Braveheart". Every bend in the road affords a reminder of history and romance. The itinerary takes you north to the historic village of Dunkeld and the stunning Hermitage forest waterfalls. In Pitlochry you can sample the delights of Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, near the source of the River Spey. Continuing alongside Loch Tummel you then head over the hills and past the spectacular sixteenth century Castle Menzies towards the town of Aberfeldy and Dewars Whisky distillery*, where you can discover the secret of how Scotland's national drink is made. Near the Victorian town of Pitlochry, the Highlands meet the Lowlands
Day 2 ABERDEEN KILDRUMMY GLENLIVET Today's route takes you through the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains . In the morning you will explore Glenlivet - not just a distillery but also a beautiful glen with great walks and wonderful wildlife. The drive to Braemar is spectacular, with lush green fields giving way to heather carpeted mountains. Visit Castle Fraser, a fairytale pink fortress en route to Aberdeen and your accommodations at the elegant Ardoe House. (B)
Day 3 THE WHISKY TRAIL BENROMACH GLENFIDDICH A whole day exploring Scotland's most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive toward the coast your first stop of the day will be at the family owned Benromach Distillery for a personalised tour. From here it is a short distance to Elgin - home to Gordon and Macphail - one of the world's leading specialist whisky bottlers and suppliers. After lunch in Elgin you will travel back up the Spey to Aberlour for a visit to the distillery there and time permitting make a stop at the Speyside Cooperage in nearby Craigellachie, The Whisky Trail passes little Highland villages en route to the Glenfiddich Distillery, where you sample the famous "water of life". Continue to Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Stay at Culloden House, a gracious ivy clad Georgian mansion. The house's history includes spies, sieges, high chieftains and romance. (B)
Day 4-LOCH NESS/OBAN Visions of highland games, golf, haggis, remote islands, tartans and fine malt whisky come to life as you tour the countryside. Cawdor Castle, the place Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote Macbeth is nearby. The battle of Culloden was fought near Inverness. Pass the Caledonian Canal, which links the lochs of the Great Glen to the North and Irish Seas. View Loch Ness, the legendary home of "Nessie". Monster spotting is a favorite pastime here from the ruined Castle Urquhart. Travel to the mainland and to Ft. William, dominated by Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. (B)
Day 5 - ISLAY KILCHOMAN. From here it is a short drive to Kennacraig where we catch the early ferry to Islay. The sail is just over 2 hours and you should look out for wildlife such as dolphins, whales and seabirds. 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 flavours and nurtured by the salty sea air. In the morning we 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-whisky lovers (B)
Day 6 ISLAY ARDBEG BRUICHLADDICHAnother 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. We 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 whisky. We then follow that up with a visit to Laphroaig.. While in the area we will visit the ruins of Kildalton church with its famous 8th Century Celtic cross. IIn the afternoon you will stop at the privately owned Bruichladdich Distillery for a tour and tasting and visit the tiny harbour 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. (B)
Day 7 GLEN COE/EDINBURGH The Pass of Glen Coe is notorious for the 1692 massacre. The area of low mountains and serene lakes around Callander is known as the Trossachs, the setting for Sir Walter Scott's Rob Roy and Lady of the Lake. Continue to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. (B)
Day 8 EDINBURGH HOME
Or, you can extend your stay (CB)
Private Guided Tour includes:
|What is a Single Malt Scotch Whisky? A Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the product of one specific distillery and has not been mixed with whisky from any other distilleries. The greatest concentration of malt whisky distilleries can be found in the Speyside region of north-east Scotland with Highland Lowland and Islay being the other main malt whisky producing zones.|
|What is a Blended Scotch Whisky? A blended scotch whisky may contain a combination of whiskies from over 40 or 50 different malt and grain distilleries. The normal ratio of malt to grain is 60% grain 40% malt. The percentage of malt used will determine the quality and smoothness of taste and character.|
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