Discover The West Coast One Whisky At A Time
Whisky enthusiasts will love this tour that combines whisky tastings with sightseeing, including some of Scotland’s beloved sights such as Edinburgh and Loch Lomond and some interesting hidden gems. Your guide will drive you to the seaside town of Oban then onward to the Isle of Islay, to discover and taste your way through some of the most interesting whiskies of the west coast. With nine whisky distilleries, Islay is a must for any whisky aficionado, and for those who want to learn more about Scotland’s ‘water of life’
(1) Visit world-famous distilleries and sample a variety of whiskies. (2) Admire the beauty of the west coast of Scotland and island of Islay. (3) Spot Scottish wildlife such as red deer, seals, and birds of prey. (4) Explore the ancient sites dotted around Kilmartin Glen. (5) Stroll up the Royal Mile and discover the capital city Edinburgh. (6) Take in the beauty of Scotland’s inland and sea lochs. (7) Stay at quality boutique hotels handpicked by our local travel experts. (8) Enjoy gourmet meals at hotels and lunches at distilleries on Islay. (9) Experience the tour with fellow whisky enthusiasts. (10) Hassle-free travel experience with a local and experienced driver-guide.
Day 1 : Arrival To Edinburgh
When you arrive in Scotland, make your way into Edinburgh city centre where your hotel will be located. Many travellers opt to take public transport, but for a more direct and comfortable journey, we will be happy to organise a private airport transfer for you.
For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking around the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old and New Towns, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle. You could also take in the largest private collection of whisky in the world at the Scotch Whisky Experience or taste some unique drams at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Spend the night at Nira Caledonia or similar.
Day 2 : Travel Through Dramatic Scenery To Islay
Today your driver-guide will pick you up from your accommodation to start our trip toward the west coast. We will pass through Stirlingshire and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, to reach the charming seaside town of Oban. Here we will have have our first whisky experience at the Oban Distillery. There will be time afterwards to enjoy some lunch and explore the town. We‘ll then drive south past sea lochs and inlets to the historic valley of Kilmartin Glen. This area is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, with many cairns, standing stones and circles. We‘ll make our way down the shores of Loch Fyne, to catch the ferry to the Isle of Islay, during which you‘ll be able to admire the beautiful views over the isles of Gigha and Jura.
Day 3 : Islay Kildalton Distilleries
Today we will explore the best that the south of Islay has to offer. It is home to three of the smokiest and most complex distilleries on the island. We have included a range of experiences for you to have a day of whisky galore. We will have a tour and whisky tasting at Laphroaig and Ardbeg Distilleries, as well as a warehouse experience at Lagavulin Distillery. To ensure you get the full Islay experience, we will also visit the island‘s peat bogs, a vital part to the production of the smoky whiskies, the 8th-century Kildalton Celtic Cross, as well as go on a walk along Port Ellen beach. In the evening, enjoy a gourmet dinner at your hotel with the group.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration : 8-9hours.
Day 4 : The Rhinns And North Islay
After yesterday’s peaty hits, we‘ll spend today exploring the Rhinns and north Islay distilleries. Not all distilleries produce the smoky peaty whisky that Islay is known for. In fact, many of the Island‘s distilleries offer a lighter softer smoked whisky which has salty coastal notes. We will cross to the other side of Loch Indaal to Bruichladdich Distillery for a tour and tasting, enjoy tastings at both Kilchoman and Bunnahabhain, and tour the newest distillery on Islay, Ardnahoe. We will also see and discover more of Islay on the way. Take a walk along the beautiful Machir Beach and learn more about weaving at the Islay Woollen Mill, where they‘ve produced tweed for the Royal Family and for films such as Rob Roy. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet dinner with the group at the grand venue of Islay House, once home to the lairds of Islay.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration : 8-9hours.
Day 5 : Inveraray, Loch Lomond And The Trossachs
Today we will catch a ferry back to the mainland and make our way towards Edinburgh. On the way we will stop at the pretty whitewashed village of Inveraray, where you will have the time to grab lunch, visit the local Fyne Whisky Shop or the beautiful Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll. We will then continue on our journey down the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. You have the option to be dropped off in Glasgow to end your tour there if you prefer. Back in Edinburgh, your driver-guide will drop you off at your accommodation. Tonight you can enjoy dinner at one of Edinburgh‘s many gourmet restaurants and spend the evening at your leisure.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration : 10 hours.
Day 6 : Departure From Scotland
On your day of departure, make your way back to the airport. If you would like to add any additional nights to your trip or to arrange a private transfer, you can add the option during the booking steps. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may have time for some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s museums, or one last stroll through the charming city centre.
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Followings are not included in tour: