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4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Overview

Indulge in natural wonders, charming locales, and fine whiskies on a 4-day small-group tour of Isle of Islay. Travel to the Scottish Hebrides, where jagged peaks and white sand beaches set the stage for a centuries-old whisky-making tradition. Spend four days exploring the remote archipelago and visiting up to six distilleries such as Laphroaig and Ardbeg, and enjoy three evenings of relaxation at the 4-star Bowmore Distillery Cottages.
  • 4-day whisky tour to the Isle of Islay with three nights lodging in Bowmore Distillery Cottage
  • Learn all about smoky Islay whiskies on up to six distillery visits
  • Travel via top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coaches
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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3 nights en-suite accommodation
Driver Guide
Transport by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach
Ferry crossings
Hotel pickup and drop off
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Entrance fees to the distilleries and Kimartin House Museum

Departure Point

Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your 4-day excursion begins in Edinburgh, where you meet your guide and small group of fellow whisky-lovers. Set off in the morning in a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, embarking by ferry to the Hebridean island of Islay. Along the way, catch spectacular mountain and ocean views, full of local wildlife and ancient monuments. Arrive by early evening to Bowmore and check in to your quaint holiday cottage located at Bowmore Distillery. Please note that you have the choice of a single or twin room in a shared cottage.

Over the next days, visit at least six renowned whisky distilleries such as Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Laphroaig, and Ardbeg. Enjoy samples of choice whiskies and learn the full-sensory experience of whisky tasting (own expense). If time and group interest permit, your guide can make additional stops at some of the areas other distilleries. Have the option to taste at your own expense at each location, or simply view the space and its breathtaking natural surroundings.

Your tour includes round-trip transport, three nights accommodation in the 4-star Bowmore Distillery Cottages and daily continental breakfasts of bread, milk, and cereals.
Itinerary
Kilmartin Museum
Return to the past at one of the richest areas in the UK for Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Oban Distillery
After travelling through the mountainous part of the Loch Lomond National Park, you arrive in the busy harbour town of Oban; this Victorian harbour town offers excellent seafood and a charming intimacy. You have a couple of hours here, where you can visit the Oban Distillery and sample some local seafood for lunch. You then depart Oban mid-afternoon for the journey through Kilmartin Glen to the port of Kennacraig where you catch the evening ferry to Islay.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Bowmore Cottages (Mon & Fri departures) or Lochside Hotel or similar (Wed departures only).
Meals:
  Not Included
Kilchoman Distillery
After a visit to Bruichladdich Distillery, take the short drive to the west of the island, where you visit the Kilchoman Distillery, the newest and smallest on the island.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Bruichladdich Distillery
After lunch, we continue to the scenic Rhins of Islay to visit Bruichladdich for another chance to taste delicious single malt whisky.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Bowmore Distillery
After you’ve had an ample amount of breakfast, you enjoy a tour of Bowmore, the oldest licenced distillery on the island.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Ardnahoe Distillery
Your driver-guide takes you to Ardnahoe Distillery* for lunch of local treats before you head to Bruichladdich distillery. This forward-thinking whisky hub offers a wide-range of single-malts that celebrate the provenance of Islay’s ingredients. *You visit Ardnahoe on day 2 (Monday & Friday departures) or day 3 (Wednesday departure)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Bowmore Cottages (Mon & Fri departures) or Lochside Hotel or similar (Wed departures only).
Meals:
  Not Included
Ardbeg Distillery
You first visit Ardbeg for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy local produce.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Laphroaig Distillery
You then visit Laphroaig, and if there’s time you can take a short stop for a tasting at Lagavulin. On an island known locally as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’, there is a regal quality to the distinctly peaty style of its single malt whiskies.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Kildalton Cross
On most tours it’s also possible to visit to the ruins of Kildalton church and see its famous 8th Century Celtic cross.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Bowmore Cottages (Mon & Fri departures) or Lochside Hotel or similar (Wed departures only).
Meals:
  Not Included
Inveraray Castle
Explore the fabulous home town of the Duke of Argyll and the stunning ancestral castle.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Loch Lomond
Enjoy the dramatic splendour of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs and the beautiful national park that surrounds it.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Unfortunately we don't carry anyone under 18 years old on this tour
  • On this tour you will spend 3 nights in the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages (not available on Wednesday departures)**.The cottages have between three and six twin bedrooms, each with private bathrooms. Due to the shared nature of the accommodation, individual bedrooms don't have lockable doors. The kitchen and lounge facilities are shared with other passengers, and basic self-service breakfast ingredients are provided. Full Scottish breakfasts are available at the nearby hotels if you prefer, payable locally.
  • Monday and Friday departures: only B&B available; Wednesday departures only 3-star Hotel available
  • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
  • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
  • Passengers are restricted to 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Monday departures offer the chance to see more whisky production as all the distilleries are in operation on weekdays.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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Q:
What is the departure point for the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
The tour departs from the Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
You may bring up to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person. This may consist of a small bag for onboard personal items and a larger suitcase or rucksack.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Where will we be staying during the 4-Day Islay and the Whisky Coast Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:
For tours departing on Mondays and Fridays, you will stay at the beautiful Bowmore Distillery Cottages. Tours departing on Wednesdays will be staying at the Lochside Hotel.
Jun 2021

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Excellent trip
Bunny and Brian R
, Oct 2019
We were very pleased with accommodations activities and our good humoured guide stevie The overall organization was great
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All the whisky
Mrtynz
, Oct 2019
Great tour which covered a great amount of space, history and whisky. Our guide, MAC, was ideal and kept everything running smoothly
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So Much Fun!!!!
michelewood47
, Sep 2019
Duncan, our guide, molded a disparate group of people from every corner of the world into a happy, fun loving group who became quick friends. We learned Scottish lore and history, the best fresh seafood places to dine at, but most of all, having fun drinking whisky. From every nook and cranny starting at Oban to every inch of Islay, we investigated and learned how to love every drop of whisky those places offered to the public. It was an amazing 4 days, Thank you so much Duncan.
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Creme de la creme of distillery...
masw
, Jun 2018
Creme de la creme of distillery tours. Everything about this trip was amazing. Lots of time at each distillery. Great tour guide Nicky. Bowmore cottages were comfortable and right on site. Even though continental breakfast was advertised, the guide asked each of us what we would like. I had figs, yoghurt and cheeses for breakfast. Whiskey tastings were reasonably priced and lots of under the counter offerings as well. To cap it off, the weather was hot. Went for a swim in Loch Lomand. I am a seasoned traveller and this tour by Rabbie's was right up there. Hint. Stay at Elder York Guest House in Edinburgh. It's only 50 yards from departure point at bus station.
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My husband, daughter and I had a...
dlcberns
, Jun 2017
My husband, daughter and I had a wonderful time on this tour which, though booked through Viator, is a Rabbie's tour. Along with visiting 6 distilleries on Islay, the tour includes numerous stops along the way at beautiful lochs, small churches, historic sites and small villages and towns. Our tour guide, Daniel, was excellent - filling the driving time with history about Scotland, fun facts and stories, and music related to what we were seeing. The Bowmore Cottages were perfect and well appointed, and the small town of Bowmore was a lovely base from which to see Islay. We enjoyed getting to know the rest of our small group - a terrific mix of men, from all over the world and a range of ages. Though we enjoyed all of the distilleries, Ardbeg was our favorite tour/tasting, with Bowmore a close second. We highly recommend this tour.
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This tour was a great way to see...
crjohns
, Oct 2016
This tour was a great way to see Islay and experience 6 of the distilleries on the island. But there is much more to Islay than just Whisky. Gail, our tour guide, made every effort to provide a tour that balanced the tastings with other sites and experiences.
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Wonderful, Wonderful tour!!! Not...
Brian T
, Oct 2016
Wonderful, Wonderful tour!!! Not just about the distilleries. Also about Scotland and the history of this wonderful country. So many amazing sights to see!!! Would highly recommend. Gayle our tour guide made her love of Scotland our love!!!
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Great tour, knowledgeable and...
Jennifer E
, Sep 2016
Great tour, knowledgeable and friendly driver, fabulous whisky and great to have a choice in level of accommodation.
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Party-Pete was great quide, thanks...
Tero K
, Aug 2016
Party-Pete was great quide, thanks and all the best to him. We learned lots of whisky and Scotland. Bowmore cottage was good place to stay. Distilleries were interesting and Kilchoman was excellent start to tour and have great story, good luck for them. We had nice group and it was pleasure to meet new people around the world. We hope to come back one day.
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I'm recommending this tour to all my...
Richard H
, Aug 2016
I'm recommending this tour to all my Scotch-drinking friends. It is a must for anyone who likes Scotch, a great price for value, and loads of fun.
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