Islay & the Whisky Coast – 4 day tour

Savour the distilled essence of Scotland’s fine landscapes and exquisite whisky on this delectable tour.

Places you’ll explore

Oban – This Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy.

Kilmartin Glen – Return to the past at one of the richest areas in the UK for Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.

Bowmore – Journey to the home of Islay’s oldest distillery, this charming place lies on the shores of the picturesque Loch Indaal.

The Islay Single Malt Whiskies – 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.

Sandy beaches of Islay – Stroll some of the most beautiful and rugged beaches in the UK along Islay’s West Atlantic coast.

Inveraray – Explore the fabulous home town of the Duke of Argyll and the stunning ancestral castle.

Loch Lomond National Park – Enjoy the dramatic splendour of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs and the beautiful national park that surrounds it.

Prices per person in 2019, excluding accommodation

  • March  £249 / £239 discounted (except for 22nd March departure = £279 / £269 discounted)
  • 1st to 12th April £249 / discounted £239
  • 13th April – May: £279 / £269 discounted
  • June – September: £319 / £309 discounted
  • October: £279 / £269 discounted

Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)

Tour departs almost every:

·        Monday

·        Wednesday

·        Friday

 

Your journey

You may know a thing or two about whisky.

Like how taxes forced distillers to produce whisky at night, or how the Scots once called it the ‘water of life’.

But even if you’re knowledgeable about whisky, you’re going to learn a lot more on this four day whisky tour.

You discover the smoky flavours of Islay’s single malt whiskies, explore the historic sights of Islay, and spend your time trading notes with fellow whisky lovers.

So join this tour, explore distilleries without having to drive, and enhance your knowledge of whisky, Scotland, and Islay, ‘Queen of the Hebrides’.

Departs

08.30 – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Returns

20.00 approx

Important information

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
  • Unfortunately we don’t carry anyone under 18 years old on this tour

Tour inclusions

  • All ferry and bridge crossings
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide

Tour exclusions

  • Entry and tasting fees at the distilleries. Allow approximately £30-40 for the tours and tastings.
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation
  • Explore the delightful harbour town of Oban
  • Venture through the sights and stories of the Loch Lomond National Park
  • Try and spot dolphins and whales as you travel by ferry to Islay.

Day 1

Leaving Edinburgh, you head into the Highlands with a short stop in the holiday town of Callander for refreshments. After travelling through the mountainous part of the Loch Lomond National Park, you arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban.

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.

The sail is just over two hours, and you should look out for dolphins, whales, and seabirds. On arrival it’s a short drive to Bowmore for your three night stay.

Day 2

  • Sample Scotland’s peatiest whiskies
  • Discover the modern distillery of Kilchoman

Today you explore Islay’s beautiful viewpoints, white sand beaches, and famous whiskies.

In the morning you take the short drive to the west of the island, where you visit the Kilchoman Distillery, the newest and smallest on the island. After lunch in the distillery, we continue to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit Bruichladdich for another chance to taste delicious single malt whisky.

You head back to Bowmore where you have the chance to visit the distillery or relax and explore the village

Day 3

  • Savor some of the boldest tasting whiskies in Scotland

Today you explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest and peatiest of all whiskies: Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg.

You first visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce.

You then visit Laphroaig, and if there’s time you can take a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin. On most tours it’s also possible to visit to the ruins of Kildalton church and see its famous 8th Century Celtic cross.

Day 4

  • Get a sense of the old history of Inveraray

This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland. From here the tour continues round the coast to the beautiful village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. The town is full of historic buildings, old ships in the harbour, and a great whisky shop!

You return via Loch Lomond to Edinburgh

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we shall be happy to assist.

Kind regards,

Your Unicorn Travel team

07429251980

contact@unicorntravel.co.uk

www.unicorntravel.co.uk

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