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From Edinburgh: Islay and The Whisky Coast 4-Day Tour

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Enjoy this unique 4-day tour to the “Queen of the Isles” and the Whisky Coast. Islay is home to 8 of Scotland’s finest malt whisky distilleries. Discover the unique peaty flavors of the whisky, and explore the Island's beautiful scenery and long history.

Highlights

  • Drive through the stunning Loch Lomond National Park
  • Visit the ancient Kilmartin standing stones
  • Stay in the charming village of Bowmore
  • Tour the Islay distilleries
  • Discover the sandy beaches of Islay’s west coast
  • Explore Oban, the Gateway to the Isles
  • See the distinctive white buildings at Inveraray

Description

Explore Islay and become a whisky expert on this unique 4-day tour. Sit back and enjoy the action-packed itinerary as you are driven in style in a luxury minicoach. And learn about the long history and traditions of this special Island. Discover everything Islay has to offer, from stunning sandy beaches to fascinating wildlife and a vibrant local culture. And try the famous Islay whiskies, renowned for their strong peaty flavors and nurtured by the salty sea air. Day 1 On day 1 you’ll travel through Loch Lomond National Park, with visits to Inveraray, Loch Fyne and the Kingdom of Dalriada. Here you can see the Kilmartin standing stones and community museum before catching the ferry to Islay for 3 nights in Bowmore. Day 2 Day 2 gives you the flexibility to visit the lovely sandy bays of Islay’s west coast, Saligo Bay, Kilchoman Distillery, Machair Bay, the tiny harbor village of Portnahaven, Bruichladdich Distillery, Ardnahoe Distillery, and the Islay Museum. Day 3 On day 3 you’ll explore the south side of Islay followed by a tour, tasting and lunch with local produce at Ardbeg. Other options include the ruins of Kildalton church or a visit to the community craft producers at Islay House Square and the woodlands along the River Sorn. Day 4 On day 4 you’ll take the ferry back to Argyll and the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. Lunch will be at Kilmartin, home to 350 pre-historic monuments and stone circles, with some free time in Oban before returning to Edinburgh via Glasgow.

Includes

Transportation by Mercedes mini coach with a maximum of 16 passengers per tour Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide All ferry and bridge crossings 3 nights en-suite accommodation
All meals and refreshments Entrance fees to all distilleries and visitor attractions

Important Information

  • Local guide uses a selection of small, locally owned, guesthouses and B&B's. All rooms are ensuite. Guesthouses may be a short walk from the city center. Individual travelers, please select the single accommodation option. For 2 or more people travelling together, please choose the twin room shared option. On occasions, when villages you stay in have events on the local guide may use other locations for your accommodation. They will always inform you if this is necessary.
  • Please bring suitable clothing and footwear to enjoy time off the bus and opportunities for nature walks.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18.
  • On Monday departures, days 1 and 4 will be reversed
  • Monday departures offer the chance to see more whisky production as all the distilleries are in operation on weekdays.
  • You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55x45x25cm/22x17x10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.

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