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

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

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.

From Edinburgh: 4-Day Isle of Islay Whisky Experience

2. From Edinburgh: 4-Day Isle of Islay Whisky Experience

Day 1 - Edinburgh to Port Ellen Departing Edinburgh at 9am, we make our way west to the picturesque village of Luss, on the banks of Loch Lomond. From there, we make our way to the "Rest and Be Thankful" viewpoint, where we do exactly that. Situated in the gateway to the highlands, this is the perfect place to pause and take in the fresh air before continuing deeper into the highlands. Next, we visit Inveraray, formal royal burgh and the ancestral seat to the Duke of Argyll, before boarding the ferry to Port Ellen, Isle of Islay. Day 2 - Port Ellen Day 2 begins at the remote Claggain Beach. With its white sands and the bluest water, you'll see how diverse Scotland's landscape truly is. We continue onwards to see the Kildalton Cross, a monolithic Celtic cross, likely carved in the second half of the 8th century AD. It is often considered the finest surviving Celtic cross in Scotland. It's time to travel down the "Three Distilleries path" to sample whiskies from Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg. Enjoy some of the world-famous and most highly acclaimed whiskies in the world, and learn all about the manufacturing process. After an afternoon of whisky tasting, we head back to Port Ellen to settle in for the night. Day 3 - Port Ellen We visit the Mull of Oa and the American Monument which sits on top, dedicated to the men who lost their lives in two shipwrecks off the coast of Islay in 1918. If you didn't get enough whisky on the previous day, you can then choose to take part in the Bowmore Distillery tour. Don't forget to purchase some souvenirs to remember your time in Scotland. After, we stop at the Museum of Islay Life which showcases a range of relics such as books, clothes and photographs to bring to life Islay's rich history, from prehistoric times to present day. Our journey continues to Bruichladdich distillery, for some whisky and gin tasting. Next we travel to Machir Bay, another of Islay's beautiful beaches, to take in the views. Our final stop of the day is Kilchoman Distillery to enjoy one last taste of Islay whisky, before our return to Edinburgh the next day. Day 4 - Port Ellen to Edinburgh We travel to Kennacraig to board the ferry as we start our journey back to Edinburgh. Our ferry disembarks in Oban where we stop for a lunch break. We visit the iconic Glencoe, known for its dramatic landscape and otherworldly atmosphere - as well as its sad history. Some may also recognise it as the backdrop of James Bond's Skyfall. The Kelpies of Falkirk are two enormous equine structures which represent the shapeshifting, mythological creatures of the same. This is our last stop of the tour before we return to Edinburgh.

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4.9 / 5

based on 16 reviews

This was one of the best package tours I have had. I was a bit sceptical as I normally do for single day tours but it was an amazing experience. Stuart is a super guide and his enthusiasm on islay whiskey was the driving force. He is also very friendly and helpful. The Bowmore cottage was wonderful and I enjoyed the stay there. The whiskey tastings itself were very well managed and fun.

Great trip for whisky enthusiasts! My husband and myself thoroughly enjoyed this trip with Stewart our guide. I’ve learnt to appreciate this magical water of life! We visited 7/9 distilleries on the island and came home to London with a suitcase full of whisky.

Our guide from Rabbies was fantastic. Adam tried to anticipate our every want. Highly recommend this service. We were nervous, but everything went so smoothly. My husband was so happy with the whiskey experience!

Many thanks to Rabbie’s tour with Pete as our knowledgeable guide! It was totally beyond my expected tour ever with amazing experience of the Islay Whiskies with nice tour members.

This was an excellent trip! Keith was a excellent tour guide and would love to be able to this again!