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4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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    What to Expect
    Your 4-day excursion begins in Edinburgh, where you meet your guide and small group of fellow whisky-lovers. Set off in the morning in a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, embarking by ferry to the Hebridean island of Islay. Along the way, catch spectacular mountain and ocean views, full of local wildlife and ancient monuments. Arrive by early evening to Bowmore and check in to your quaint holiday cottage located at Bowmore Distillery. Please note that you have the choice of a single or twin room in a shared cottage.

    Over the next days, visit at least six renowned whisky distilleries including Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Laphroaig, and Ardbeg. Enjoy samples of choice whiskies and learn the full-sensory experience of whisky tasting (own expense). If time and group interest permit, your guide can make additional stops at some of the areas other distilleries. Have the option to taste at your own expense at each location, or simply view the space and its breathtaking natural surroundings.

    Your tour includes round-trip transport, three nights accommodation in the 4-star Bowmore Distillery Cottages and daily continental breakfasts of bread, milk, and cereals.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, UK
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    4 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • 3 nights en-suite accommodation
    • Driver Guide
    • Transport by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach
    • Ferry crossings
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Entrance fees to the distilleries and Kimartin House Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Kilmartin Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Kilchoman Distillery
    • Entry/Admission - Bruichladdich Distillery
    • Entry/Admission - Bowmore Distillery
    • Entry/Admission - Ardbeg Distillery
    • Entry/Admission - Laphroaig Distillery
    • Entry/Admission - Inveraray Castle
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Unfortunately we don't carry anyone under 18 years old on this tour
    • On this tour you will spend 3 nights in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages (not available on Wednesday departures)**.The cottages have between three and six twin bedrooms, each with private bathrooms. Due to the shared nature of the accommodation, individual bedrooms don't have lockable doors. The kitchen and lounge facilities are shared with other passengers, and basic self-service breakfast ingredients are provided. Full Scottish breakfasts are available at the nearby hotels if you prefer, payable locally.
    • Monday and Friday departures: only B&B available; Wednesday departures only 3-star Hotel available
    • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
    • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
    • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Passengers travelling after 1st April 2020 are allowed to carry 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • Monday departures offer the chance to see more whisky production as all the distilleries are in operation on weekdays.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    The tour is great, our tour guide keith was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour is great, and each distillery visit is different and unique However I would suggest adding one more day, since it takes 1 day to go to islay and another back....More

    Thank wyk92
    Rabbies_Aimee, Guest Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you for taking the time to review our tour, we are really pleased that you enjoyed it. Thank you for the suggestion of adding another day to the tour, I'll pass this to our product team. Hope to see you on another tour soon....More

    Reviewed August 29, 2019

    Delivers on what it promises--tasting whisky. A day to get there and a day to get back are worth it for experiencing the magic of Islay and its friendly people. Do not bring children or teens along. I have chosen Couples below, but the trip...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Ken L
    Reviewed August 14, 2019

    TLDR: Guide/driver fantastic, tour great, staff in back-office very poor with horrendous communication. I joined the 4-day Islay tour on 07.08.19. Our guide/driver was Catty, and she was absolutely fantastic - very knowledgeable, great stories, really engaging and positive and always looking after every member...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank IEnjoyMyWhisky
    Rabbies_Aimee, Guest Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2019

    Hi there, We're glad you enjoyed the tour, it sounds as though Catty did a great job making this a positive and memorable trip. I'm just sorry to hear that the experience was let down by some poor communication from our team. Unfortunately with yours...More

    Reviewed July 15, 2019 via mobile

    If you love Scotch Whiskey and travel, this trip is for you. Well organized and a lot of fun. Doug, our driver, was great and added to the trip with his wonderful stories and well thought out playlist! We had a blast!

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Unknown111111111
    Reviewed July 15, 2019

    A very enjoyable tour! The distillery tours and tastings (we hit 9!) were fantastic - not only did we have very personable distillery hosts each and every time, but were able to experience the process up close, sample many drams of Islay whisky (plus Oban),...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    October 16, 2018|
    Response from AzbrDr | Reviewed this property |
    You will find answers to your questions here: go online to rabbies and look for Islay whiskey coast 4-day tour. Leaves from Edinburgh (I'm not allowed to post the link) This is the tour my wife and I took. For overnight... More
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