Escursione di 4 giorni: Islay e la costa del whisky

Punti salienti:

~ Loch Lomond National Park
~ Kilmartin e Dalriada
~ Bowmore
~ Museo di Islay
~ Le distillerie di Islay
~ Le baie sabbiose di della costa occidentale di Islay
~ Oban
~ Inveraray
~ Visiterete almeno 4 distillerie

Questo tour di 4 giorni ha come tema il whisky e vi porta alla “Regina delle Isole” e alla Costa del Whisky. Islay ospita 8 delle migliori distillerie di whisky di malto della Scozia: Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg e Kilchoman. Questo tour fornirà una maggiore conoscenza agli entusiasti del whisky e poi non dimentichiamoci che non dovete guidare!

Soggiorna per 3 notti nel villaggio del XVIII secolo di Bowmore.

Preghiamo di contattarci telefonicamente se la data nella quale desidera viaggiare non è prenotabile on-line.

Prezzo/Adulti: £239.00 - £279.00
Prezzo/Concessione: £219.00 - £269.00
Andata: 08.30
Ritorno: 20.00 approx
Partenza: Lunedì e Venerdì (Aprile-Ottobre)
Rabbies Accommodation Information

Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available**

**There is no cash point facility in the village of Plockton**

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

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Informazioni e itinerario

Giorno 1 lasciamo Edimburgo alle 08.30 e viaggiare attraverso le Highlands occidentali a Oban . Avrai un paio di ore qui per visitare la distilleria di Oban e gustare pesce locale per il pranzo . Dopo un breve tragitto in traghetto arriveremo a Bowmore per il vostro soggiorno di 3 notti .

Giorno 2 la vostra giornata è piuttosto flessibile, con una miscela di paesaggi bellissimi, le spiagge di sabbia bianca, brevi passeggiate e i famosi whisky di Islay - rinomati per i loro forti gusti di torba e nutriti dall'aria salina di mare. Tra i punti salienti del giorno vi solo le belle insenature sabbiose della costa occidentale di Islay, Saligo Bay, Kilchoman Distillery, Machair Bay, il piccolo villaggio di Portnahaven, Bruichladdich Distillery e l'Islay Museum.

Giorno 3 si esplora la parte sud di Islay, dove si trovano Laphroaig e Lagavulin seguito da un tour, assaggio e pranzo con prodotti locali a Ardbeg. Tra le altre opzioni vi sono le rovine della chiesa di Kildalton con la sua famosa croce celtica dell'VIII secolo, tempo libero al villaggio di Bowmore oppure una visita alla comunità di artigiani a Islay House Square e le foreste lungo il fiume River Sorn.

Giorno 4 Questa mattina prendiamo il traghetto per la terraferma . La nostra sosta per il pranzo sarà a Kilmartin , dove è possibile esplorare i cerchi di pietre misteriose e visitare un museo della comunità . Viaggiamo passato Loch Lomond prima di arrivare a Edimburgo intorno alle 19.30 .

Punto di partenza
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edimburgo. Clicca qui per aprire la mappa.

Incluso nel prezzo
~Trasporto su minibus Mercedes di classe superiore, per un servizio più personale.
~Aria Condizionata come norma.
~Servizi di un guidatore/guida professionista di Rabbie’s Trail Burners.
~La Carta Sconto di Rabbie’s Trail Burners. Con questa potete ottenere degli sconti in ristoranti, negozi e attrazioni locali.

Non incluso nel prezzo
~Pranzo e bevande.
~Tutte le attrazioni per visitatori.

Prezzo scontato
Studenti, persone che abbiano compiuto i 60 anni.

Alloggio
l’alloggio non è compreso nel prezzo della gita. Questo vi permette di scegliere il tipo di alloggio che preferite: bed & breakfast oppure albergo. Voi scegliete e noi ve lo prenotiamo. Per i prezzi, vi preghiamo di andare al modulo di prenotazione su questo sito web. Se necessitate di accesso facilitato o se avete esigenze speciali, vi preghiamo di comunicarcelo al momento della prenotazione.

In questa gita abbiamo prenotato un certo numero di camere nei bellissimi cottage della Bowmore Distillery. Questi sono cottage con formula fai da te, situati nel terreno della stessa distilleria e offrono un'esperienza di alloggio unica. I cottage hanno dalle 3 alle 6 camere da letto, tutte con bagno privato. La cucina e il salotto sono in comune e sono inclusi nel prezzo gli ingredienti per una prima colazione self-service di tipo continentale. NOTARE CHE POICHÉ SI TRATTA DI ALLOGGIO CONDIVISO, LE PORTE DELLE CAMERE DA LETTO INDIVIDUALI NON SONO FORNITE DI SERRATURA. I prezzi sono £42.50 per persona a notte in camere doppie/matrimoniali o £75 a notte per una camera singola. Per questa opzione selezionare "B&B con bagno in camera" come prima scelta al momento della prenotazione. Se queste stanze fossero al completo, vi prenoteremo in un B&B nelle vicinanze. In questa gita c'è anche un numero limitato di camere disponibili in un albergo a 3* - per questa opzione vi preghiamo di selezionare albergo a 3 stelle come vostra prima scelta al momento della prenotazione.

*NB Nelle occasioni in cui i villaggi nei quali alloggiamo celebrano degli eventi, la disponibilità degli alloggi può essere scarsa o molto cara. In tali circostanze potremmo utilizzare altre ubicazioni per il vostro alloggio durante la gita. Se ciò dovesse accadere, ne sarete sempre informati.

Informazione importante
Poichè diamo molta importanza al tempo che passate fuori dal minibus e vi diamo l’opportunità di passeggiare tra la natura, vi raccomandiamo di indossare vestiti e calzature adatti alla vostra gita. La Scozia può essere molto umida!!

Queste informazioni in lingua italiana vengono offerte unicamente a titlolo informativo. Le gite sono in inglese e i nostri servizi vengono forniti unicamente in inglese.

Commenti del cliente

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..
Erika B - 22/11/2016

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.
Ralf Funken - 22/05/2016

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.
MichaelS - 24/05/2015

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!
Christian Weber - 22/05/2015

On 2nd September, our party of 4 returned from our second Rabbie’s whisky tour which was every bit as good as the first. Most of the time was spent on Islay, which was beautiful, quiet and relaxing. The good weather was an added bonus. There was plenty to hold the interest of those of us who weren’t primarily there for the whisky! For those who were the whisky didn’t disappoint and we left with several bottles from various distilleries We were fortunate enough to have great travel companions from around the world. Our housemates for the 3 nights we were in Bowmore were delightful. Thoughtful placing on behalf of the company we think Roland, our driver and guide, was brilliant. He was entertaining and attentive, thoughtful and considerate. There was never a dull moment. And he was every bit as good as Eric (our guide and driver on our previous trip) who was a hard act to follow. We will certainly hope to do a Rabbie’s tour again and we will certainly recommend Rabbie’s to our friends Thank you to all who were involved in making our holiday enjoyable and memorable.
David and Liz Longley - 09/09/2014

This summer we were at your whiskey trip from Edinburgh to Islay. It was the June 30-July 3 and our guide was Pete (Party Pete). It was a fantastic trip and Pete was absolutely outstanding. It's not often you can give ten out of ten. His excellent knowledge of history to the present day as he guided us in a very nice and easy to understand (for us non-English speaking) way. And of course, his presentation of the different whiskey distilleries. His blend of Scottish music also gave the trip a dimension. Thanks for the introduction to the band Runrig now played frequently at home. And again. Thanks Pete for the best experience on our two week tour of Scotland. Ronny & Ulla Melbeus Tinna & Sven Lidgren Sweden
Ronny Melbeus - 20/08/2014

This was my 60th Birthday Present. My wife sent my son and I on this tour. Having been on a number of tours around the world I appreciate the difference having a good tour guide makes. Roland took care of everything and enhanced the tour. We went to six of the distilleries on Islay, The tour was everything you could want and more. We stayed in the cottages at Bowmore and enjoyed the food in the local pubs and hotels. One interesting point is that talking to people in Edinburgh when they asked where are you from and where did you go in conversation in various places on the Royal Mile, when we told them we had been on a Rabbie's Tour to Islay, the reply was 'Rabbies. They've got a good reputation' Enough said.
Gary Williamson - 16/06/2014

Just a point I raised and want to elaborate on, we requested water to cleanse the palate between tastings so we could taste all the subtle differences. According to Jim Murray's 'Whisky Bible' he uses coffee beans, as do all the good perfume houses so you can smell the nose properly. It would be an idea to improve the experience and get even more from it if the distilleries, or the tour or the advice was given to sip water, nibble a cracker and sniff some coffee beans between tastings.
Gary Williamson - 16/06/2014

Highly recommendable Wisky Tour to Islay. Our Tourguide Roland was fantastic. Entertainment combined with Informations and a great sense of humour.....we'll definitely come back for another Tour with Rabbies. Eva & Thomas
Eva & Thomas Koch - 15/06/2014

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Islay and especially the whiskey tasting. 'Party Pete' was a fabulous tour guide. His knowledge and history of the area was much appreciated. The weather was not great, but it really made no difference. Our accommodation was exceptional. Thanks again to Rabbies. This was my 4th tour with Rabbies and without hesitation if I'm ever in Edinburgh again and want a tour I will book with Rabbies.
May Anderson - 11/06/2014

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Islay Whisky Tour 10-13 Oct 20 by Erika B

Islay Whisky Tour 10-13 Oct 20 by Erika B

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Karen and Michael by Michael Fry

Karen and Michael by Michael Fry

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Whisky trip to Islay by Vladimir

Whisky trip to Islay by Vladimir

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Strong Whisky Wonderful trip by DUKUAN

Strong Whisky Wonderful trip by DUKUAN

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Whisky Galore 2016 by Clan Goebel

Whisky Galore 2016 by Clan Goebel

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Islay by george

Islay by george

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Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 Leaving Edinburgh at 08.30 you will head west to Stirling and 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 to 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 3 night stay

Day 2 A full day exploring Islay. The itinerary today is quite flexible with a mixture of beautiful scenery, white sand beaches, short walks 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 via Saligo Bay for a visit to Kilchoman Distillery (the newest and smallest on the island) with the option of a coastal walk to Machair Bay for any non-whisky lovers. After lunch you will explore the tiny harbour village of Portnahaven (look out for seals) before taking the back roads along the west coast with its lovely sandy bays. Alternatively - for those who want 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. Alternatively we may stop in Bridgend where you could visit the community craft producers at Islay House Square or take a walk through the woods along the nearby River Sorn.

Day 4 This morning you take the ferry back to the mainland and travel the short distance to Kilmartin Glen where we will have lunch. There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin and you will have the chance to see the mysterious stone circles and standing stones and visit the community museum. 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 for approx. 19.30

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts