Islay & die Whisky Küste
4 Tage Tour

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Diese Tour hat ein ganz besonderes Thema. Sie führt Sie zur „Königin der Inseln“ und zur Küste des Whisky's. Islay beherbergt acht der feinsten Distillerien des Malt Whisky: Lagavulin, Laphroraig, Bowmore.

Reisekarte

Highlights

Distilleries
Ferry
Gaelic Culture
Lochs
Prehistoric Sites
Mountains

Orte, die Sie erkunden werden


- Oban

- Kilmartin Glen

- Bowmore

- The Islay Single Malt Whiskies

- Sandy beaches of Islay

- Inveraray

- Loch Lomond National Park


Ihre Reise


Diese Tour hat ein ganz besonderes Thema. Sie führt Sie zur „Königin der Inseln“ und zur Küste des Whisky's. Islay beherbergt acht der feinsten Distillerien des Malt Whisky: Lagavulin, Laphroraig, Bowmore, Caol lla, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg und Kilchoman.

Diese Tour wird dem Whisky Schwärmer gründliche Sachkenntnis erleiten und noch besser – Sie brauchen nirgendwo selbst zu fahren und können darum alle Whiskies nach herzenslust kosten!

Sie werden für drei Nächte in dem, aus dem 18ten Jahrhundert stammenden Dorf Bowmore, übernachten.


Tour Details

Abfahrt
08.30 - Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Rückkehr
20.00 approx
Discounts

Studenten, und Personen über 60 Jahre

Important information
  • Leider tragen wir keine Personen unter 18 Jahren auf dieser Tour
  • Packen Sie Ihre wasserdichte Kleidung und Wanderschuhe
  • Ein mittelgroßer Koffer (max.15kg) pro Person
Tour inclusions
  • Professioneller Fahrer/Reiseleiter von Rabbie's
  • Standardmäβige automatische Klimatisierung im Bus
  • Transport in modernsten Mercedes-Minibussen mit 16 Sitzplätzen
Tour exclusions
  • Eintrittsgelder für Sehenswürdigkeiten und Attraktione
  • Unterkunft

Route

Tag 1

Wir verlassen Edinburgh um 08.30 und reisen durch die westlichen Highlands nach Oban . Sie werden ein paar Stunden haben hier die Oban Distillery zu besuchen und Meeresfrüchte aus der Region für das Mittagessen genießen. Nach einer kurzen Fahrt mit der Fähre werden wir für Ihre 3 - tägigen Aufenthalt in Bowmore ankommen.

Tag 2

Heute ist ein entspannter Tag, mit einer Mischung von wundeschönen Landschaften, weißen Sandstränden, kleinen Wanderungen und die berühmten Whiskys von Islay – die wegen ihrem starken Torf Aroma bekannt sind und die von der salzigen Meeresluft gepflegt werden. Zu den Höhepunkten des Tages gehören die wunderbaren sandigen Buchten der westlichen Küste von Islay, Saligo Bay, Kilchoman Bay, das kleine Hafendorf von Portnahaven, die Bruichladdich Distillerie und das Isla Museum.

Tag 3

Erforschen Sie den Südteil Islays, Stammsitz von Laphroaig und Lagavulin, eine Tour, eine Whiskyprobe und das wunderbares Mittagessen mit einheimischen Produkten in Ardbeg. Unter anderem können Sie auch die Ruinen der Kildalton Kirche mit ihrem berühmten keltischen Kreuz aus dem 8. Jahrhundert besuchen. Geniessen Sie freie Zeit im Dorf von Bowmore oder einen Besuch der Kunstgewerblichen Gemeinde in Islay House Square und der Wälder am Sorn Fluss.

Tag 4

An diesem Morgen nehmen wir die Fähre zurück zum Festland. Unsere Mittagspause wird in Kilmartin , wo Sie die geheimnisvollen Steinkreise zu erkunden und eine Community- Museum besuchen. Wir fahren vorbei Loch Lomond vor bei etwa 19,30 Ankunft in Edinburgh .

Itinerary (English)

Day 1

From Edinburgh you will head into the Highlands with a short stop in the holiday town of Callander for refreshments. After travelling through the mountainous northern part of the Loch Lomond National Park you will arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban. You will have a couple of hours here with the chance to visit the Oban Distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch.

You will then depart Oban mid-afternoon for the journey through Kilmartin Glen and onwards to the port of Kennacraig to catch the evening ferry to Islay. The sail is just over two hours and you should look out for wildlife such as dolphins, whales and seabirds. On arrival on Islay it is a short drive to Bowmore for your three night stay.

Day 2

A full day exploring Islay, with a mixture of beautiful scenery, white sand beaches, and of course the famous Islay whiskies - renowned for their strong peaty flavours and nurtured by the salty sea air. In the morning we will take the short drive to the west of the island where, following a bracing stroll at Machair Bay, we visit visit Kilchoman Distillery, the newest and smallest on the island for the first of our guided tours.

After taking lunch in the distillery, we continue to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit another distillery we will be able to drop you at Bruichladdich for a tasting and visit to the shop. Then you will head back to Bowmore where you will have the chance to visit Bowmore distillery or just relax and explore the village.

Day 3

Another day in paradise! Today you will explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest and peatiest of all whiskies – Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. We will visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce as well as some unique whisky.

We follow this up with a visit to Laphroaig and if time allows a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin. It should also be possible to visit to the ruins of Kildalton church with its famous 8th Century Celtic cross.Another day in paradise! Today you will explore the southern side of the island, home to the smokiest and peatiest of all whiskies – Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. We will visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce as well as some unique whisky.

We follow this up with a visit to Laphroaig and if time allows a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin. It should also be possible to visit to the ruins of Kildalton church with its famous 8th Century Celtic cross.

Day 4

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

Finally you will return via Loch Lomond to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

Dougs Tour from May, 8th to 11th

Krehan Couple Posted on 20/09/2017

We had a wonderful time on our tour to Islay with Rabbies bustours from May, 8ths until May 11ths. The tour was called whisky tour from Edingburgh to Isle of Islay. Special thanks to our wonderful tourguide DOUG. He showed us all the the places on Islay and of course all the famous wisky destilleries. He kept telling us interesting stories or even funny stories, to cheer us up. It was never boring! So we spend a lot of good times on Islay. I must say the people who live on the Island are so nice. Bowmore Destillery Cottages were very clean and nice accomodations for us. We enjoyed our stay and will come back in the future hopefully.

August Tour

conga Posted on 26/08/2017

I did a four day Islay Tour with my mom. This tour was brilliant and Peter the driver/tour director did a fantastic job. Peter did such a great job that mom wants to go on more Rabbies Tours

Another fabulous tour

John Wallace Posted on 02/08/2017

I took the Speyside whisky tour last year, and enjoyed it so much that I decided to take another - to Islay. As a Scot, it is probably to my shame that I had never been before, so it was a chance to put that right, and indulge in some serious whisky tasting. Our driver/guide was Alf, who ran the tour perfectly, organising distillery visits (and giving us plenty of time at these), as well as taking us to places of interest, with plenty of photo opportunities. The only thing he had no control over was the weather, but hey - its Scotland. He was extremely knowledgeable and kept us amused with his tales. Bowmore cottages were lovely - spacious and comfortable. All in all, another excellent tour.

Whisky in the morning...

Ninsig Posted on 10/07/2017

In the end of June I went on the 4 day tour to Islay. The tour was fully booked so there were 16 passengers and our great guide, Keith. I’ve been on a few tours with Rabbie’s before but this tour was a bit different from the rest. All though we get to see quite a lot of scenery, this tour really is about whisky. So if you like whisky, especially the smoky ones from Islay, don’t hesitate. This tour is absolutely great. During the two whole days spent on Islay we visited 6 distilleries. It was interesting to see how whisky is made and to get to taste different whiskies. The highlight for me was day 3, the day we visited Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig distilleries. The tours and tastings of all 6 distilleries were a great experience and I’m really glad I decided to do this tour. Keith was an excellent guide with a great knowledge of whisky. He was kind, helpful and also had some funny stories to tell. I had a great time.

Incredible!!

Susan McLuckie Bill Mills Posted on 02/05/2017

Gail was a wonderful tour guide, lots of information and tons of fun! Thanks again for another great memory.

AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE !

Michael Posted on 20/04/2017

From April 14th to 17th I joined the tour from Edinburgh to the Isle of Islay with a party of 16 and our tour guide Keith. It was my first trip to Scotland. Our tour guide Keith made this trip to an outstanding experience. His knowledge about this beautiful country and its sights were interesting and entertaining at once. The visit of the distilleries was an absolute must for all whiskey lovers. The variety and the impressions were incredible. Our group became a little family and the joint evenings with our own tastings has united the team. Thanks to everybody! This was an unforgettable tour! Thanks to Rabbies and Keith for having the possibility to make such a tour! Greetings from Germany -)

Fantastic tour

Erika B Posted on 22/11/2016

This was my second Rabbies tour and look forward to going on more. Driver/ Guides Dan Doug were excellant, informative, fun, whisky lovers. Its a great way to sample good whisky see the beautiful country of Scotland. I especially loved meeting getting to know the people on the tour..

Einfach super

Ralf Funken Posted on 22/05/2016

Diese Tour war gut organisiert, stressfrei, sehr interessant und Erlebnisurlaub pur. Vielen Dank an unseren immer gut gelaunten, mit vielen nützlichen Infos in einem verständlichen Englisch versorgenden Guide PETE (Peter)!!! So eine tolle Tour habe ich noch nicht miterleben dürfen. Empfehlung: immer wieder mit Rabbies.

Great Tour, GREAT GUIDE

MichaelS Posted on 24/05/2015

We enjoyed an amazing Islay tour 15-18 May with Mac as our guide. His encyclopedic knowledge of recent and past Scottish history as well as folklore, and his natural ability as a story teller really made the tour. Mac went out of his way to allow a diverse group of people to meld and have a great time. There was always enough, but never too much to do. The self catering cottage was like home, and the bus really comfortable. Great group size too. We are already hoping to do the Speyside tour before too long.

4 days Whisky Tour - Islay with Emily and Gill - May 8th - 11th

Christian Weber Posted on 22/05/2015

4 days Whisky Tour - Islay with Emily and Gill the best Tourguide and driver :) We had such a wonderful time at the Islay. The accomontation at bowmore was just beautiful. Emilys knowledge and organization is great, she tould us so many interesting things and storys and showed us wonderful places. Still got the sound of Loch Lomond, the wonderful place of Finlaggan in my mind (and a little smell of peat any whisky in my nose). Thank you very much for this great time! Many greetings from germany! Slàinte mhath!

Accommodation

Wo bleibt diese Tour über Nacht?

Auf dieser Tour buchen wir Sie in den schönen Bowmore Distillery Cottages.

Die Hütten haben zwischen drei und sechs Zweibettzimmern. Wegen der gemeinsamen Natur der Unterkunft haben einzelne Schlafzimmer keine verschließbaren Türen.

Die Küche und Lounge-Einrichtungen sind mit anderen Passagieren geteilt, und grundlegende Self-Service-Frühstück Zutaten zur Verfügung gestellt. Volles schottisches Frühstück sind an den nahe gelegenen Hotels vorhanden, wenn Sie bevorzugen, zahlbar lokal.

Die Preise sind £ 42,50 pro Person pro Nacht Doppel- / Doppel-Anteil oder £ 75 pro Nacht für ein Einzelzimmer. Für diese Option, wählen Sie bitte 'B & B en-suite' als erste Wahl bei der Buchung der Tour online. Wenn diese Zimmer voll sind, buchen wir Sie in einem nahe gelegenen B & B. Die Zimmer in den Cottages sind begrenzt und werden nach dem ersten kommt zuerst serviert. Lokale B & B-Gebühren sind £ 50 pro Person pro Nacht.

Es gibt auch eine begrenzte Anzahl von 3 * Hotelzimmern auf dieser Tour. Wählen Sie für diese Option das 3-Sterne-Hotel als erste Wahl bei der Buchung aus.

Wir kontaktieren Sie danach, um die Bezahlung der Unterkunft zu vereinbaren.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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