EDINBURGH | OBAN | ISLAY
On this 6-day small-group journey, savour the distilled essence of Scotland’s fine landscapes and exquisite whisky. Begin in Edinburgh, heading into the Highlands, through the mountainous part of Loch Lomond National Park, into the picturesque resort town of Oban. Enjoy a few hours on your own where you can visit the epic Oban Distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland, which produces a stunning malt whisky that falls between the smokier drams of the islands and the sweeter nuances of the Highlands. We suggest you sample some local seafood for lunch, not included. Take the evening ferry to Islay, a journey of just over two hours making it easy to spot dolphins, whales and seabirds. A short drive takes you into Bowmore, where you will stay for three nights (cottage or B&B, subject to availability). Drive west to the Kilchoman Distillery, the newest and smallest on the island and one of only six Scottish distilleries still doing traditional floor-maltings. Continue to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit Bruichladdich for another chance to taste a single malt whisky. Discover the smokiest and peatiest whiskies of all with visits to Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Take the ferry back to the mainland, continuing around the coast of beautiful Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. Return to Edinburgh with overnight; begin your homebound journey the next day.
- Charming Victorian harbour town of Oban
- Neolithic and Bronze Age history at Kilmartin Glen
- Bowmore, Islay’s oldest distillery along the shoes of Loch Indaal
- The Queen of Hebrides, Islay’s peaty single malt whiskies
- Inveraray, the home town of Duke of Argyll with stunning castle
- Dramatic and beautiful Loch Lomond National Park
- Total 5 nights accommodation:
- 2 nights in Edinburgh at Brooks Hotel Edinburgh , Superior Room ★★★
- 3 nights Bowmore Cottages or B&B subject to availability
- 4 days Small-Group Escorted tour with driver-guide, maximum 16 passengers
- Ferry and bridge crossings
- Distillery access and entrance fees as noted
- Hotel taxes and service charges**
Pricing valid for April 8, 2018, based on two passengers travelling together.. Subject to availability at time of booking.
Blackout periods apply. For alternative dates, inquire for pricing. Itineraries are subject to change. Some touring may be reversed on actual tour.
Hotel names during escorted journey confirmed at time of booking.
International airfare not included. Minimum 2 passengers travelling together.
**European city/tourist taxes collected locally unless otherwise indicated..
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Tour Code: EU0918A
EDINBURGH Arrival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Enjoy your day at leisure to explore on your own before you begin your whisky journey tomorrow.
Day 2 Breakfast
EDINBURGH – OBAN After breakfast, leave Edinburgh, heading into the Highlands with a short stop at the town of Callander for refreshments. After travelling through the mountainous part of the Loch Lomond National Park, arrive in the resort town of Oban. Enjoy a few hours to explore on your own, where you can visit the Oban Distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch, not included. Mid-afternoon, begin 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. Take a short drive to Bowmore for a 3-night stay.
KILCHOMAN & BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERIES After breakfast, explore Islay’s beautiful viewpoints, white sand beaches, and famous whiskies. Begin with a short drive to the west, where you visit the Kilchoman Distillery, the newest and smallest on the island. After lunch in the distillery, continue to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit Bruichladdich for another chance to taste delicious single malt whisky. Head back to Bowmore for another opportunity to visit distillery or relax and explore the village.
Day 4Breakfast / Lunch
ARDBEG, LAPHROAIG & LAGAVULIN After breakfast, explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest and peatiest of all whiskies. At Ardbeg, enjoy a tour, tasting, and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce. Visit Laphroaig, and if there’s time you can take a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin and time permitting, visit the ruins of Kildalton church and see its famous 8th-century Celtic cross. Return to Bowmore for overnight.
INVERARAY – LOCH FYNE – EDINBURGH After breakfast, take the ferry back to the mainland. Continue around the coast to the beautiful village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne, a town full of historic buildings, old ships in the harbour, and a great whisky shop. Return via Loch Lomond to Edinburgh. Transfer to your hotel for overnight.
EDINBURGH – HOME After breakfast, private transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight.
General Information & Maps
- Airport and departure taxes
- Gratuities to guides and drivers
- Items of a personal nature
- Travel insurance
- Reciprocity and/or local taxes if applicable
- Visas required for entry into the country as necessary. Please discuss this with your travel agent to determine your requirements prior to departure.