La Côte du Whisky & Islay
circuit de 4 jours

  • Islay coast
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Ce circuit, spécialement conçu pour les amateurs de whisky, vous emmène à la “reine des îles” et à la côte du Whisky.

Carte du circuit


Gaelic Culture
Prehistoric Sites

Endroits à découvrir

- Oban

- Kilmartin Glen

- Bowmore

- The Islay Single Malt Whiskies

- Sandy beaches of Islay

- Inveraray

- Loch Lomond National Park

Votre voyage

Ce circuit, spécialement conçu pour les amateurs de whisky, vous emmène à la “reine des îles” et à la côte du Whisky. C’est à Islay que se trouvent huit des plus célèbres distilleries de whisky: Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, et Bruichladdich, Ardbeg and Kilchoman. Lors de ce circuit, les enthousiastes de whisky approfondiront leurs connaissances sur son origine - et ils n’auront pas à reprendre le volant!

Les Détails

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

Étudiants, and personnes plus de l'âge de 60

Important information
  • Emportez des vêtements imperméables et des chaussures de marche
  • Un sac de 15 kilos par personne
  • Malheureusement, nous ne transportons personne de moins de 18 ans sur cette circuit
Tour inclusions
  • Tous les traversiers et ponts
  • Transport par un minibus Mercedes de luxe à 16 places
  • Climatisation standard
  • Anecdotes et services d’un chauffeur-guide de Rabbie’s
Tour exclusions
  • Veuillez noter que les frais d'entrée et de dégustation dans les distilleries ne sont pas inclus dans le prix pour vous donner plus de choix et les options de dégustations supplémentaires le jour. Prévoyez environ £ 30-40 pour les visites et dégustations.
  • Entrées dans tous les sites touristiques
  • Hébergement


Jour 1

Nous quittons Edimbourg à 08h30 et voyager à travers les Highlands occidentaux à Oban. Vous avez quelques heures ici pour visiter la distillerie d'Oban et déguster fruits de mer locaux pour le déjeuner. Après un court trajet en ferry nous arrivons à Bowmore pour votre séjour de trois nuits.

Jour 2

Votre journée sera variée, faite d’un mélange de superbes paysages, de plages de sable blanc, de promenades et des whiskies d’Islay – célèbres pour leur production en bord de mer et pour leur fort goût de tourbe. La journée comprendra une promenade sur les jolies baies sablées de la côte ouest d’Islay, la côte de Saligo, une visite à la distillerie de Kilchoman, un aperçu de la baie de Machair, un tour du minuscule village pêcheur de Portnahaven, une visite à la distillerie de Bruichladdich et au musée d’Islay.

Jour 3

Vous explorerez la côte sud d’Islay, où sont installées les distilleries de Laphroig et de Lagavulin, et cela sera suivi par une visite, une dégustation et un déjeuner de produits locaux à Ardbeg. Vous pourrez aussi choisir entre une visite aux ruines de l’église Kildalton, célèbre pour sa croix celte du 8ème siècle et du temps libre dans le village de Bowmore. Ou une balade sur la place d’Islay House, où sont installés des artisans et producteurs locaux, ainsi que dans les bois le long de la rivière Sorn.

Jour 4

Ce matin, nous prenons le ferry pour le continent. Notre pause déjeuner sera à Kilmartin, où vous pouvez explorer les mystérieux cercles de pierres et de visiter un musée communautaire. Nous voyageons Loch Lomond passé avant d'arriver à Edimbourg.

Itinéraire (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 2 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.

Les Opinions


LottaMarie Posted on 01/08/2018

First day on Islay started up in a brilliant way – wiskytasting with a seaview. Note how the Eagertotaste is sitting on his hands. After some more tasting Kjell is almost ready for a dance on the beach. Soundtrack chosen by our wonderful guide Dan. Back to Bowmore at night a spectacular sunset over Loch Indaal took place. We stayed in the actual destillery area for three nights and loved it. In the morning Niclas was on top of Dunyvaig and the sky was the limit. Three more destilleries to come. Thank you Dan for the best tour ever from the four Swedes. Also thanks to our great neighbours the Maltgeezers!

Excellent tour

YankeeDan Posted on 28/10/2017

The highlight of my holiday was the tour to Islay led by Keith Fraser. Great itinerary, accommodation and comfortable journey. Keith was probably the best tour guide I have ever met - knowledgeable, attentive, dedicated and interesting.

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.


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.


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.

Le Logement

Où est-ce que vous passez la nuit?

Sur cette tournée, nous vous réservons des chambres dans la belle Bowmore distillerie Cottages.

Les chalets ont entre trois et six chambres à lits jumeaux. En raison de la nature partagée de l'hébergement, les chambres individuelles n'ont pas de portes verrouillables.

La cuisine et le salon sont partagés avec d'autres passagers et des ingrédients de base en self-service sont fournis. Des petits-déjeuners écossais complets sont disponibles dans les hôtels voisins si vous préférez, payables sur place.

Les prix sont £43,50 par personne par nuit double / double ou 75 £ par nuit pour un seul. Pour cette option, veuillez sélectionner 'B & B en-suite' comme premier choix lors de la réservation de la visite en ligne. Lorsque ces chambres sont pleines, nous vous réserver dans un B & B à proximité. Les chambres des cottages sont limitées et sont réservées selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi. Les frais de B & B locaux sont de £ 50 par personne et par nuit.

Il ya aussi un nombre limité de 3* chambres d'hôtel disponibles sur cette tournée. Pour cette option, veuillez sélectionner l'hôtel 3 étoiles comme premier choix lors de la réservation.

Nous vous contactons ensuite pour organiser le paiement de l'hébergement.

Questions Fréquentes

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, or check out our full FAQs.

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