Wed. 7th – Thu. 8th August 2019 – Isle of Islay, Kintyre & Argyll (with an optional Jura visit)

2 day tour for £119 per person

Whisky, sea-food & stunning scenery


Itinerary

Day 1

  • On Wednesday, 7th August we have an early start and need to leave Stirling by 5.45 am**
  • We head out west through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs nationalpark. Loch Long and Loch Fyne, Inveraray and Lochgilphead and will have a brief stop along the way to the ferry port of Kennacraig.

We arrive into Kennacraig by 9.00 am as the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry departs at 9.45 am – arriving into Port Askaig/Islay at 11.50 am.

The ferry has all conveniences, catering facilities, a restaurant/cafe, indoor seating and outdoor viewing for the stunning journey, which should allow you to either take a nap, go for a late breakfast/coffee, an early lunch or just enjoy enjoy the beautiful journey.

We have 9 hours on Islay which will include a tour of Islay with its various beautiful villages, Finlaggan, home of the MacDonalds’ Lordship of the isles, a scenic drive looking over the sound of Jura, beach and whisky distillery photostops, etc.

Apart from that we like to keep it very flexible, depending on the individuals preferences, some might wish to visit one or more whisky distilleries, some might wish to go walking in the nature reserves or along the coast, others prefer for us to take the short boat trip over to Jura to explore and savour some of this magical, wild and spectacular island.

As every group and individuals are different and we are small group, flexible and like to tailor make your trip according to your needs,

We should be able to accommodate everyon’e wishes and after our offical tour give everyone free time, so that could involve dropping off some at one of the whisy distilleries, others to go walking and take others across for a mini tour of 2-3 hours over to Jura, the Jura side trip would be of no extra cost to yourselves and allow for some stunning photo opportunities.

We leave Port Askaig/Islay 20.45 pm on a beautiful sunset journey to arrive back into Kennacraig/Scottish mainland at 22.50 pm;

  • From here it is another 20 – 25 minutes to our hostel.

 

We spend the night in the cosy, warm and friendly Argyll backpacker hostel, which we have pre-booked for you.

The cost is £23 per person per night in a bunk-bed.

You are welcome to opt out and book your own alternative accommodation, if you prefer and advise us early enough.

Day 2

  • On Friday, 8th August we travel along  the stunning Kilbery route, depending on the tide, we might spot some seals, can see the ancient Kilberry slapstone visit beautiful Tarbert/Loch Fyne cross the mountains for a view of the Isle of Arran and a possible walk around Skipness castle and heading south along the Kintyre peninsula  via the stunning Machrihanish sand dunes and the surfbeach towards Campbeltown
  • We have a chance to walk over to the tidal Davaar tidal island and heading towards the Mull of Kintyre with views over to Northern Ireland from  Southend before completing our journey around Kintyre along the eastern shores through beautiful Carradale and views of the Isle of Arran.
  • At Tarbert/Loch Fyne we have the option to take the scenic short cut and ferry over to the Cowal penninsula from where via Loch Long and a stop at Loch Lomond we head back to Stirling.


  • Early booking discount – pay 3 months early by 7th May and get 1/3 and save £40 = £79 pp for the tour
  • Early booking discount – pay 2 months early by 7th June and get 25% off and save £30 = £89 pp for the tour
  • Early booking discount – pay 1 month early by 7th July and get 12.5%+ off and save £20 = £99 pp for the tour

⇔ Please note you can only chose to take advantage of either or of these two types of discounts and this discount can’t be combined with the usual discounts  as the whole tour is already sold at a much lower rate for its travel season⇔

  • Friends booking together at the same time saving – 4 or more –  get 1/3 off and save £40 = £79 pp for the tour
  • Friends booking together at the same time saving – 3  – get 25% off and save £30 = £89 pp for the tour
  • Friends booking together at the same time saving – 2 – get 12.5% off and save £20 = £99 pp for the tour

Anyone who wishes to stay on for longer on the Westcoast, on Islay, Jura or places along the way, please let us know and we would drop you off at the end of the tour, but you would have to make your own way back on the Scottish Citylink bus.


EXTRAS TO PAY:

  • Islay return ferry = £13.80 per person

* food, drink, entrance fees (whisky tours, castles, museums, attractions, etc.)

  • any other ferry, the group might decide on, for example from Islay to Jura on day 1 orthe scenic Tarbert/Loch Fyne to Cowal shortcut on day 2 .

* Accommodation at the Argyll Loch Fyne hostel is optional, but pre-booked and guaranteed and £23 per person per night

(Unicorn Tours has pre-booked and pre-paid 9 spaces at the hostel already, so as to be able to offer and guarantee the running of this tour – you don’t have to worry about arranging the accommodation yourself, you just pay us. However if you rather prefer some alternative accommodation, we offer you to opt out and you are then free to chose any other accommodation of your choice for those nights)


***pre-tour accommodation in Stirling

On this tour we are heading at 5.45 am from Stirling via Balmaha – (Loch Lomond area) –  Luss – Arrochar – Inveraray – Lochgilphead – Tabert/Loch Fyne – to Kennacraig, the ferry port, if you live along this route, we are happy to collect and pick you up.

Due to the early start we suggest that anyone else, especially coming from a longer distance from the North, South or East of Stirling, who due the early start we won’t be able to pick up

(if you are based in the Greater Glasgow area, let us know where and we may be able to collect you.)

  • there are still regular late trains from Edinburgh/Glasgow/etc. to Stirling on the 15th July
  • We suggest, that for the tour pre-night, you organise yourselfsome accommodation, there are a lot of B&Bs and hotels

 

if you are looking for the cheapest accommodation:

B&B guesthouses

Half way between Stirling and the University at Causewayhead, there are a few B&Bs and we always pick up just across the road from the bakery carpark, for example the Old Tramhouse

Hotels

There are many hotels in and around Stirling to chose from, including the Travelodge

outside the railway station

 

June to August accommodation

During the summer high quality student accommodation is available at Stirling University with all its many facilities (shops, MacRoberts’ Arts Centre,  a huge sports complex, incl. Olympic size swimming pool, golf, tennis, football pitches & lot more) and its good bus-links has a park-like setting with a loch and is surrounded by stunning scenery with lots of hill-walking opportunities making it the UK’s most scenic campus.

  • any questions, just ask us contact@unicorntravel.co.uk

 

  • Also as advised the 4.30 am departure from Stirling our driver/guide will be quiet, there will be no tour guiding/no music and we let you sleep as this is a transfer to Ullapool. On the 2.5 hour spectacular ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway there are also quiet areas to sleep and relax.

 

  • Also as advised the 5.45 am departure from Stirling our driver/guide will be quiet, there will be no tour guiding/no music and we let you sleep until everyone is awake as this is a transfer to the Kennacraig ferry terminal. On the 1 hour scenic ferry from Kennacraig to Islay, there are also quiet areas to sleep and relax.

Accommodation

We spend the night in the cosy, warm and friendly Argyll backpacker hostel, which we have pre-booked for you.

The cost is £23 per person per night in a bunk-bed.

You are welcome to opt out and book your own alternative accommodation, if you prefer and advise us early enough.

(Unicorn Tours has pre-booked and pre-paid 9 spaces at the hostel already, so as to be able to offer and guarantee the running of this tour – you don’t have to worry about arranging the accommodation yourself, you just pay us. However if you rather prefer some alternative accommodation, we offer you to opt out and you are then free to chose any other accommodation of your choice for those nights)

Accommodation on our special tours (2 days & longer):

 We pre-book and guarantee accommodation for all 8 passengers on all our special tours.

The pre-booked and guaranteed accommodation is  a general rule is budget dormitory youth hostel bunk-bed type accommodation in a central and convenient location and depending on where and when typically costs between £12 – £25 per person per night.

We always give you the option to opt-out and find your own private B&B or hotel accommodation nearby, in which case you should advise us early, so we can release those pre-booked bed-spaces.

The tour throughout the day will remain the same, no matter if we pick you up in the morning /drop you off at night at a 5* hotel or hostel, this allows you to pay as little or as much for your accommodation as you like.

Check for additional accommodation info.


FAQs

Guaranteed pick up/drop off always from the Stirling area, places along the way, anywhere on private tours & outwith the Forth Valley on request depending on distance & booking numbers

Tourstyle:

  • long distance multi-stop 2 day tour
  • allowing for some limited free time, flexible activities, whisky, history, nature, coast, cliffs, beaches, walks, bens. lochs & glens, island-hopping, wildlife & more

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Argyll & the Isles

Islay

Finlaggan

Islay whisky distilleries

Oa RSBP nature reserve

Loch Gruinart RSPB nature reserve

Jura

Machrihanish

Campbeltown

Carradale

Skipness

Loch Lomond

Port Askaig/Islay – weather forecast


Status of this tour 

Minimum number of paid/booked individual spaces to guarantee the running of this tour

  • 5
  • not yet reached
  • last update on 25th March @ noon

How to enquire, book & pay

  1. If you are interested in this tour, you let us know by either emailing contact@unicorntravel.co.uk, use our enquiry form or text or phone us 07429251980. This also gives you a chance to ask any questions, you may have.
  2. Once the minimum number of interested individuals has been reached, we contact everyone, if they still wish to join the tour and are ready to book and pay.
  3. Once the minimum number of individuals have paid, the tour is then a guaranteed departure.
  • Payment/booking deadline: Sun. 21st July @ 3.30 pm

Please note for all of our multi-day tours we have already pre-booked and pre-paid 9 hostel beds for each night, but you can opt out of this and chose your own accommodation.

If the minimum number of seats has not been reached by the booking deadline, any money already paid will be refunded back to you in full (and on our end we will then cancel multi-day tour prepaid accommodation which we had to book, in order to be able to advertise and offer the tour in the first place).


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