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4 Day Islay Whisky Tour from Edinburgh provided by Scottish Routes

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4 Day Islay Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

4 Day Islay Whisky Tour from Edinburgh
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
About
Whisky fans visiting Edinburgh—this is the tour for you! Save hours of research time looking for the best whisky distilleries, and enjoy a guide’s shortlist instead. Visit multiple distilleries, including Lagavulin, Laphroaig, and Ardbeg, with delicious tastings included along the way. This stress-free excursion also includes round-trip transport, and three nights’ accommodation.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
Great for whisky fans—enjoy tastings at a range of distilleries
No need to organize car rental—round-trip transfers are included
Enjoy a hassle-free trip with accommodation included
Small-group experienced limited to a maximum of 16 travelers
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 54853P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
3 nights accommodation at Bowmore House or Freewinds, Islay • Breakfast x 3 • Driver/guide • Live commentary on board • Small-group tour (max 16 people) • Transport by air-conditioned mini bus • Alcoholic Beverages • Entry/Admission - Oban Distillery • Entry/Admission - Lagavulin Distillery • Entry/Admission - Ardbeg Distillery • Entry/Admission - Laphroaig Distillery • Entry/Admission - Bruichladdich Distillery • Entry/Admission - Kilchoman Distillery • Entry/Admission - Bunnahabhain Distillery
Exclusions
Lunch • Dinner • Gratuities
Duration
4 days
Departure details
1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK Check in inside the Caffe Nero
Edinburgh, UK
Inclusions
3 nights accommodation at Bowmore House or Freewinds, Islay • Breakfast x 3 • Driver/guide • Live commentary on board • Small-group tour (max 16 people) • Transport by air-conditioned mini bus • Alcoholic Beverages • Entry/Admission - Oban Distillery • Entry/Admission - Lagavulin Distillery • Entry/Admission - Ardbeg Distillery • Entry/Admission - Laphroaig Distillery • Entry/Admission - Bruichladdich Distillery • Entry/Admission - Kilchoman Distillery • Entry/Admission - Bunnahabhain Distillery
Exclusions
Lunch • Dinner • Gratuities
Departure details
1 Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK Check in inside the Caffe Nero
Edinburgh, UK
Duration
4 days
Return details
Edinburgh, UK
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
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5.0
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Dave B
5 contributions
Amazing Time
Aug 2019
This tour is an amazing experience! Such a great value for the price to have lodging and shuttling between every distillery taken care of. We also got some more exclusive tours than you might be able to get on your own. On top of that our tour guide, Jamie, went above and beyond to make this already amazing experience even better. He successfully herded all of us from one distillery to another and took care of our dinner reservations afterward making this a worry-free experience. We even got to tour a castle on the way to Islay.
Written February 4, 2020
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Hi Veda905, Thank you for taking the time to review your tour with us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with Jamie, he is a fantastic guide! We hope to welcome you on another tour in the future, Kind Regards, Megan
Written February 15, 2020
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Tara R
Hamilton, NJ6 contributions
Fantastic tour, even better Tour Guide
We just finished the 4 day Islay tour. It was such a great experience! Great people on the tour to share our time with, very happy with the accommodations at the Bowmore Inn, and our tour guide Robert, well he just made the whole trip the absolute best!!!

Learned so much about Scottish history and saw some really beautiful sights on the way to Islay and back.

Very unique trip, definitely worth the cost and the trek to get there. Even if you're not a whisky drinker, but someone in your life is, highly recommend.

Thank you Scottish Routes and especially Rob, for a wonderful experience.

Written October 6, 2019
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Mary P
Liverpool, UK18 contributions
Wonderful trip!
Sep 2019
We have just completed this tour - to celebrate husband’s 60th birthday. The whole trip was a wonderful experience. It included an incredibly scenic journey to catch the ferry at Kennacraig. Our stay at Bowmore House included fortifying breakfasts which are best described as banquets! Apart from sampling some incredible whiskey, we were thoroughly entertained by our knowledgeable hosts at each distillery. Our group included travellers from Sweden and USA and were all great company. Our tour guide and driver, Duncan, made the travelling unforgettable with his amazing knowledge, humour and perfect accompanying soundtrack!
Written October 1, 2019
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Diane T
2 contributions
A great fun tour
Sep 2019
Mark, our tour guide, provided a fun, informative tour. He could drive and tell delightful stories at the same time. He is experienced, knowlegeable and fun! We started at the Bowmore, a great B&B. Fun for adults of all ages. He herded us little sheep well.
Written September 27, 2019
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Justin B
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Unforgettable Trip to Sublime Islay
Jul 2019
This was the shining star of a six week European trip. The distilleries were lovely, and it was very interesting seeing how minor differences in the whisky production process can produce very different types of whisky.

Islay is gorgeous and incredibly green.

We stayed in the Bowmore House, which was very welcoming and lovely. Lots of food for breakfast, with a nice dram of whisky to go with it.

Mark, the tour guide, was absolutely amazing. His stories about Scottish history, whisky, food, etc. made the drives feel significantly shorter than one would expect.

The group I was in was wonderful, and that added to the already amazing experience.

I feel like I'm leaving things out, but... everything was amazing, and I'd love to take this tour again one day.

I would highly recommend doing this tour, without a single doubt (I've actually recommended this to a few others already). This tour deserves its 5/5 review.
Written September 18, 2019
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Hello, Wow! thank you for this wonderful feedback. We're delighted to hear you had such a great time exploring Islay with Mark and at The Bowmore House, thank you for recommending us! Kind Regards, Clare
Written September 19, 2019
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C.W.
1 contribution
Unforgettable Islay Experience
Sep 2019 • Couples
Like other people have mentioned, we initially hesitated to commit to this tour. In the end, I am not exaggerating when I say it exceeded our expectations in every possible way. Islay is amazing and lovely, and the whisky is incredible. I also cannot overemphasize how the star of this trip was our guide Jamie, from Scottish Routes. It was clear that he cared about not just giving us a memorable whisky experience, but he also genuinely wanted us to appreciate the history and culture of the regions we were passing, including--unexpectedly--the modern culture and music of Scotland. We were extremely skeptical of tour bus tourism, but the small bus, small group size, and Jamie really made this trip worthwhile. This tour has a strong recommendation from us, in particular for anyone who loves a peaty whisky and is willing to jump enthusiastically into a fairly aggressive daily schedule. If we had one suggestion, it would be to add an extra day to this tour, so as to include the two distilleries not currently on it, to have more space in between distilleries (more time for photos and gift shops--who doesn't want a cap in Laphroaig tartan?), and more importantly, to have more time to see the sights on Islay.
Written September 13, 2019
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Hello CharisWho, Delighted to hear you took the plunge, booked our tour and loved it! Jamie will be delighted with your feedback. We are also very happy to hear you think a 5-day tour would be a good option as we have one in the works for 2020, which will be up on the website soon! Thank you for sharing your experience :) Kind Regards, Clare
Written September 19, 2019
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xixit
Aarhus, Denmark82 contributions
Lovely Islay trip!
Just finished the 4 day Islay whisky tour, and I loved it!
The island is gorgeous, the people friendly, and the whisky delicious. Would love to go back another time.

Our driver and tour guide, Jamie, was awesome, full of knowledge and facts, and a great driver. Especially considering the twisty unpredictable roads on Islay. No matter what, he handled it all.
I hope that I'll get the pleasure of his expertise another time.

Also a big shout out to The Bowmore House, the place was really nice, and the hosts Andrew and Alison extremely sweet and accommodating.
Written September 13, 2019
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Hello Thank you so much for taking the time to review your tour to Islay with us. We're delighted to hear you had a great time with Jamie and a fab stay at the Bowmore House with Andrew and Alison! We would love to see you on another tour with us soon! Kind Regards, Clare
Written September 19, 2019
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Gail M
Toronto, Canada18 contributions
Better than a 5! A shout out to Jamie!
Treated ourselves (or actually my husband) to the Islay Whiskey Tour for our 25th wedding anniversary. What a spectacular tour! Thanks to our incredibly wonderful guide, Jamie, I now not only have an appreciation for Scottish whiskey but also a very very good understanding of Scottish history. Jamie was phenomenal in how he looked after and took care of our group from distillery to distillery - I credit him with the more than 5 rating that I would love to give this tour (perhaps a 10 out of 5)!!

The tour included many of the familiar distilleries such as Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Oban, etc as well as ones which we had not heard of before such as Kilchoman, Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain. We enjoyed ourselves in all the distilleries and were treated to tours as well as samples. The ride was very comfortable and the other tour guests included folks from Denmark; Sweden, Japan, US and Canada. We stayed at Bowmore House for 3 nights; the hosts (Alison and Andrew) were perfect hosts and the accommodations were warm and comfortable. I’ve already sent a note to our friends saying that they need to do this trip (with us, of course)!

Hint for those (especially from Canada though this may apply to those from other countries) - we bought a Scottish Whiskey book that listed all of the distilleries and their respective signature malts. We did some research ahead of time to see which products we couldn’t get in Canada so used that as a reference to help us in our selection process. Also note that all of the distilleries have gift shops so we bought some cool swag/products. So come with an empty suitcase!
Written September 12, 2019
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Hello! Thanks for sharing your experience and your great feedback about our driver-guide Jamie. Also, love the great advice for future travellers - there are so many great special bottles you can pick-up, so it's definitely a good idea to leave some room in your bag! Kind Regards, Clare
Written September 13, 2019
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TenenbaumKT
Boulder, CO6 contributions
Fantastic way to start our Scottish vacation!!
Aug 2019
It’s been 3 weeks since our Whisky tour and I have to say, not a day goes by that I don’t think about our fantastic “history book and driver”, Jamie, and the wonderful group we were blessed to hang with! We started our 2 week Scotland vacation with Scottish Routes and that was the best decision we could have ever made!! It went above and beyond my expectations!! Andrew and Allison from the Bowmore House were awesome and made sure that we were prepared for the day!! Jamie was a wealth of knowledge and a great story teller. I’m looking forward to coming back to Scotland!! Thank you! Kathy
Written September 10, 2019
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Hello Kathy, Thanks so much for choosing to start your trip to Scotland with a Scottish Routes adventure. We're delighted you had such a great time with Jamie and will be sure to let him know :) Kind Regards, Clare
Written September 13, 2019
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trainsnplanes
Italy22 contributions
Surpassed expectations
Aug 2019
I booked this as a birthday present for my husband, we have long wanted to visit Islay and the distilleries there. We were collected in Edinburgh, and whisked away through the beautiful Scottish countryside. Our driver, Jamie was first class, driver doesn’t cover it, as he was a tour guide and full of knowledge of past and present Scotland, and was very accommodating to all on board.

The accommodation (separate review) at the Bowmore, was perfection. We had an amazing room, wonderful views, must be the only place to stay!

The trips to the distilleries were very interesting, each offering something new. Wonderful tastings, found lots of new whiskies! The distilleries all had stunning settings, the most beautiful of scenery. We loved Islay, and we couldn’t recommend Scottish Routes, and especially our Driver, Jamie, enough.
Written August 30, 2019
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Hello, What a fantastic birthday present! We're delighted to hear our 4-day Islay tour surpassed your expectations - I will be sure to pass on your great feedback to our driver-guide Jamie. Kind Regards, Clare
Written September 13, 2019
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