4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Day 1: Edinburgh - Oban - Kilmartin Glen - Islay

Stop At: Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin PA31 8RQ Scotland
Return to the past at one of the richest areas in the UK for Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Oban Distillery Stafford Street, Oban PA34 5NH Scotland
After travelling through the mountainous part of the Loch Lomond National Park, you arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban; this...
Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Oban - Kilmartin Glen - Islay

Stop At: Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin PA31 8RQ Scotland
Return to the past at one of the richest areas in the UK for Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Oban Distillery Stafford Street, Oban PA34 5NH Scotland
After travelling through the mountainous part of the Loch Lomond National Park, you arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban; this Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy.

You have a couple of hours here, where you can visit the Oban Distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch. You then depart Oban mid-afternoon for the journey through Kilmartin Glen to the port of Kennacraig where you catch the evening ferry to Islay.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Bowmore Cottages (Mon & Fri departures) or Lochside Hotel or similar (Wed departures only).

Day 2: Discover the modern distillery of Kilchoman & sample Scotland’s peatiest whiskies

Stop At: Kilchoman Distillery, Rockside Farm, Bruichladdich PA49 7UT Scotland
After a visit to Bruichladdich Distillery, take the short drive to the west of the island, where you visit the Kilchoman Distillery, the newest and smallest on the island.
Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Bruichladdich Distillery, Bruichladdich PA49 7UN Scotland
After lunch, we continue to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit Bruichladdich for another chance to taste delicious single malt whisky.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bowmore Distillery, School Street, Bowmore PA43 7JS Scotland
After you’ve had an ample amount of breakfast, you enjoy a tour of Bowmore, the oldest licenced distillery on the island.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ardnahoe Distillery Ardnahoe, Port Askaig PA46 7RN Scotland
Your driver-guide takes you to Ardnahoe Distillery* for lunch of local treats before you head to Bruichladdich distillery. This forward-thinking whisky hub offers a wide-range of single-malts that celebrate the provenance of Islay’s ingredients.

*You visit Ardnahoe on day 2 (Monday & Friday departures) or day 3 (Wednesday departure)
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Bowmore Cottages (Mon & Fri departures) or Lochside Hotel or similar (Wed departures only).

Day 3: Today you explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest of all whiskies: Laphroaig, Lagavulin & Ardbeg.

Stop At: Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen PA42 7EA Scotland
You first visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen Scotland
You then visit Laphroaig, and if there’s time you can take a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin.

On an island known locally as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’, there is a regal quality to the distinctly peaty style of its single malt whiskies.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kildalton Cross, Port Ellen Scotland
On most tours it’s also possible to visit to the ruins of Kildalton church and see its famous 8th Century Celtic cross.
Duration: 20 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Bowmore Cottages (Mon & Fri departures) or Lochside Hotel or similar (Wed departures only).

Day 4: Get a sense of the old history of Inveraray

Stop At: Inveraray Castle, Inveraray PA32 8XE Scotland
Explore the fabulous home town of the Duke of Argyll and the stunning ancestral castle.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Loch Lomond, Stirling Scotland
Enjoy the dramatic splendour of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs and the beautiful national park that surrounds it.
Duration: 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Details

Included
  • Ferry crossings
  • 3 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Driver Guide
  • Transport by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
Not Included
  • Entry/Admission - Ardnahoe Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Ardbeg Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Kilchoman Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Bowmore Distillery
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Inveraray Castle
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entry/Admission - Bruichladdich Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Kilmartin Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Laphroaig Distillery
  • Entrance fees to the distilleries and Kimartin House Museum
Departure Point
Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, UK
8:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Unfortunately we don't carry anyone under 18 years old on this tour
  • On this tour you will spend 3 nights in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages (not available on Wednesday departures)**.The cottages have between three and six twin bedrooms, each with private bathrooms. Due to the shared nature of the accommodation, individual bedrooms don't have lockable doors. The kitchen and lounge facilities are shared with other passengers, and basic self-service breakfast ingredients are provided. Full Scottish breakfasts are available at the nearby hotels if you prefer, payable locally.
  • Monday and Friday departures: only B&B available; Wednesday departures only 3-star Hotel available
  • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
  • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Passengers travelling after 1st April 2020 are allowed to carry 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Monday departures offer the chance to see more whisky production as all the distilleries are in operation on weekdays.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
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Customer Reviews

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Based on 19 reviews

Reviewed: October 31, 2019

M Doris G

We were very pleased with accommodations activities and our good humoured guide stevie The overall organization was great


Reviewed: October 29, 2019

T D

Great tour which covered a great amount of space, history and whisky. Our guide, MAC, was ideal and kept everything running smoothly


Reviewed: September 23, 2019

Michele Wood W

Duncan, our guide, molded a disparate group of people from every corner of the world into a happy, fun loving group who became quick friends. We learned Scottish lore and history, the best fresh seafood places to dine at, but most of all, having fun drinking whisky. From every nook and cranny starting at Oban to every inch of Islay, we investigated and learned how to love every drop of whisky those places offered to the public. It was an amazing 4 days, Thank you so much Duncan.


Reviewed: July 15, 2018

Tom P

We had a excellent time with


Reviewed: June 11, 2018

masw

Creme de la creme of distillery tours. Everything about this trip was amazing. Lots of time at each distillery. Great tour guide Nicky. Bowmore cottages were comfortable and right on site. Even though continental breakfast was advertised, the guide asked each of us what we would like. I had figs, yoghurt and cheeses for breakfast. Whiskey tastings were reasonably priced and lots of under the counter offerings as well. To cap it off, the weather was hot. Went for a swim in Loch Lomand. I am a seasoned traveller and this tour by Rabbie's was right up there. Hint. Stay at Elder York Guest House in Edinburgh. It's only 50 yards from departure point at bus station.