Islay e la Costa del Whisky
4 giorni

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Questo tour di quattro giorni ha come tema il whisky e vi porta alla “Regina delle Isole” e alla Costa del Whisky.

Mappa del tour

Highlights

Distilleries
Ferry
Gaelic Culture
Lochs
Prehistoric Sites
Mountains

Posti che esplorerai


- 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


Il tuo viaggio


Questo tour di quattro giorni ha come tema il whisky e vi porta alla “Regina delle Isole” e alla Costa del Whisky.

Islay ospita otto 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!


Tour Details

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

Studenti, e persone che abbiano compiuto i 60 anni

Important information
  • Metti in valigia scarpe comode e indumenti impermeabili
  • Una valigia o borsa di 15 kg a persona
  • Purtroppo non portiamo a nessuno sotto i 18 anni in questo tour
Tour inclusions
  • Tutti i traghetti e ponti
  • Trasporto su un minibus Mercedes a 16 posti
  • Aria condizionata
  • I racconti e i servizi di un autista-guida di Rabbie's
Tour exclusions
  • Biglietti di ingresso alle attrazioni turistiche
  • Alloggio

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.

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 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.

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

Da dove viene questo tour pernottamento?

Tu rimani tre notti nel villaggio di Bowmore 18 ° secolo. ** Si prega di notare il regime speciale di alloggio per questo tour.

Come funziona?

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.


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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