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Islay and the Whisky Coast

Discover the smoky flavors of Islay's single malt whiskies, explore the historic sights of Islay, and spend your time trading notes with fellow whisky lovers.

Islay and the Whisky Coast

Discover the smoky flavors of Islay's single malt whiskies, explore the historic sights of Islay, and spend your time trading notes with fellow whisky lovers.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing including Oban, Kilmartin Glen, Bowmore, The Islay Single Malt Whiskies, sandy beaches of Islay, Inveraray, and Loch Lomond National Park.
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers.

Islay and the Whiskey Coast Tour Includes

  • 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.

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.

A maximum of 8 passengers per departure date can be booked on this tour due to limitations of the coach size. If you have a larger party and/or wish to have a group booked on this tour, please contact us directly, as it will have to be quoted as a private group and rates here do not apply.


Day 01: 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 pm and 4 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 02: Islay

Make your way to the Edinburgh departure point 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 to Stirling and into the Highlands, with a short stop in the holiday town of Callander for refreshments. After traveling through the mountainous, northern part of the Loch Lomond National Park, you will arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban. You will have a couple of hours here, with the chance to visit the Oban distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch. You will then depart Oban mid-afternoon for the journey to Kennacraig to catch the 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 03: 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. Alternatively, for those who want to visit another distillery, we will be able to drop you off at Bruichladdich for a tasting and visit to the shop. You will have the chance to visit Bowmore Distillery or just relax and explore the village.

Day 04: 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 05: Edinburgh

This morning, you take the ferry back to the mainland and travel the short distance to Kilmartin Glen, where we will have lunch. There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin, and you will have the chance to see the mysterious stone circles, standing stones, as well as visit the community museum. From here, the tour continues around the coast to the beautiful village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. The town is full of historic buildings with old ships in the harbour and a great whisky shop! Finally, you will return via Loch Lomond to your accommodations in Edinburgh.

Day 06: Edinburgh - Home

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

Rates & Hotels

2022 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book) 2022 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only Land Only
Oct 02  (Please call)   $1529
Oct 09  (Please call)   $1529
Oct 16  (Please call)   $1529
Oct 27  (Please call)   $1529
2022 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book) 2022 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only Land Only
Sep 01  (Please call)   $1879
Oct 02  (Please call)   $1799
Oct 09  (Please call)   $1799
Oct 16  (Please call)   $1799
Oct 27  (Please call)   $1799

Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Islay and the Whisky Coast- 3 Nights at Bowmore Cottages, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel (pre/post)
Islay and the Whisky Coast - 3 Nights at Hotel on Islay, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel (pre/post)

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

    Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Bowmore Distillery Cottages

Bowmore, Isle of Islay, Argyll -

A stay with us at Bowmore Distillery Cottages offers the chance to reflect on the heritage of these ancient practices in beautifully renovated cottages, located at the centre of a charming village on a beautiful Hebridean island. [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK


Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

UK Hotel


Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]


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

Children under 18 years are not allowed on this tour.

This tour does not include:

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


Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Edinburgh. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.

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.

Tour Guarantee

Although our UK tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers, it does not mean a date is guaranteed until we check with the Edinburgh office. Although we get regular updates, a tour can sell out and we may not yet have it noted above. We must first advise of a guarantee before airfare is booked and ticketed. Thank you.