ISLAY & THE WHISKEY COAST

7-day/5-nts with 4-day of touring featuring the featuring Islay, the Whisky Coast, plus 2 independent nts Edinburgh


Highlights

Islay and the Whiskey Coast

Two (2) independent days in Edinburgh (pre/post) with four (4) days to immerse yourself on the world famous Isle of Islay, a whiskey connoisseurs dream.

Tour Highlights

  • Small intimate coaches.
  • Scenic views of beautiful Scotland.
  • Islay and the Whiskey Coast.

Islay and the Whiskey Coast

  • Five (5) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh (pre/post) at pre-booked mid-ranged 3-4 * hotel in Edinburgh City. To be advised at time of booking.
  • Three (3) nights at the Bowmore Distillery Cottages.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival, continental self-serve at the Bowmore Cottages).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Four (4) days of custom touring.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Additional Notes

Part of this tour has a number of rooms in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages. These are self catering cottages in the grounds of the distillery itself and offer a unique accommodation experience. The cottages have between 3 and 6 bedrooms and these are all en-suite but are NOT serviced during your stay. The kitchen and lounge facilities are shared and self-service continental breakfast ingredients will be provided. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE SHARED NATURE OF THE ACCOMMODATION INDIVIDUAL BEDROOMS DO NOT HAVE LOCKABLE DOORS. When these rooms are full we will use nearby B&Bs.

Itinerary

Day 01, U.S. - Edinburgh

Depart the U.S. on overnight flight to Scotland.

Day 02, Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh; Transfer to your hotel is included You are free to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. (Please note, hotel check-in is generally between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 03, Edinburgh - Touring Begins - Islay

Make your way to the Edinburgh departure point (see departure point information below) for 8:15 am (If you booked a departure point transfer at time of booking, your driver will collect you as noted on your voucher). Depart Edinburgh at 8:30 am. Leaving Edinburgh you will head west through Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, along Loch Lomond then west through the mountains to the beautiful little town 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. You will stop here to see the mysterious stone circles, standing stones and visit the community museum. From here it is a short drive to Kennacraig where you 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 it is a short drive to Bowmore for your three (3) night stay.

Day 04, Touring - A full day exploring Islay

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 flavors and nurtured by the salty sea air. In the morning you 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-whiskey lovers. After lunch you will explore the tiny harbor 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. You will have the chance to visit Bowmore Distillery or just relax and explore the village.

Day 05, Touring - Another day in paradise!

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. You 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 whiskey. You then follow that up with a visit to Laphroaig or a visit to the ruins of Kildalton Church with its famous 8th Century Celtic Cross. Alternatively we may stop in Bridgend where you could visit the community craft producers at Islay House Square or take a walk through the woods along the nearby River Sorn.

Day 06, Touring - Edinburgh

This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland then travel up the coast to Oban - a busy harbor 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 Edinburgh. Return time approx. 8:00 pm in Edinburgh. Your tour ends at Rabbies Cafe at 6 Waterloo Place in Edinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 07, Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the U.S.

Optionals

Rates & Hotels

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2017Land Only
Jun 28; Jul 1 (Sold Out)   1219
Jul 5; 8   1219
Jul 12 (Sold Out)   1219
Jul 15   1219
Jul 19; 22; 26 (Sold Out)   1219
Jul 29 (Sold Out)   1429
Aug 2; 5; 9; 12; 16; 19; 23; 26 (Sold Out)   1649
Aug 30 (Sold Out)   1429
Sep 2   1219
Sep 6; 9; 13; 16; 20; 23 (Sold Out)   1219
Sep 30; Oct 7; 14   1179

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Children under 18 years are not allowed on this tour.

Price may fluctuate end of July and end of August due to seasonal overlap.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would depart from the US. Tour begins in UK one day later.

Saturday departures offer the chance to see more whiskey production as all the distilleries are in operation on weekdays. We recommend the Saturday departures as the best choice for real enthusiasts and we try to fit in additional tastings where possible.

 
Hotels featured on this tour
Islay and the Whisky Coast- 3 Niths at Bowmore Cottages, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel (pre/post) - [details] 

 

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