The Islay Festival of Whisky, Music & Culture

4 DAYS

Trip Info


Adult
from$1159
Concession
from$1139

Join us on an exciting journey to the Isle of Islay. Experience the island’s famous single malt, traditional music and Gaelic culture at the annual Islay Whisky Festival – Feis Ile. Islay is the Queen of the Hebrides, and whisky is just one of the jewels in her crown. Visit the Mull of Oa peninsula, the Three Distilleries Path and the island beaches. Discover historic gems, learn about the island way of life, and sample the finest whisky straight from the source.Travel through the west of Scotland, stopping at Loch Lomond, Oban, and Glencoe. This tour is a feast for the senses.

Highlights

  • Luss, Loch Lomond
  • Rest and Be Thankful viewpoint
  • Inveraray
  • Dunadd Fort
  • Islay whisky distillery tours and tastings
  • Glencoe and the Highlands
  • Oban
  • The Kelpies

Inclusions

  • Local Scottish Guide
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation
  • 3 traditional Scottish breakfasts
  • Return ferry to Islay
  • Whisky Distilleries tours of Laphroaig and Kilchoman
  • Whisky tastings at Bruichladdich, Ardbeg & Lagavulin
  • Museum of Islay life

Explore More

  • Bowmore whisky distillery (pay locally)
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Itinerary


DAY 1: Edinburgh - Port Ellen

We depart Edinburgh at 9.00 am and travel to the charming village of Luss on Loch Lomond. We continue our journey west, stopping at the Rest and Be Thankful viewpoint, before lunch in pretty Inveraray, which sits on Loch Fyne. The afternoon is spent visiting the historically significant Dunadd Fort. Afterwards, we board the ferry to Islay before settling into our accommodation. (Overnight: Port Ellen)

DAY 2: Isle of Islay

After breakfast, we start the day with a walk on the beach and a visit to the ancient Kildalton Cross. Enjoy lunch and a dram at Ardbeg Distillery. Next, you can walk the Three DistilleriesPath to Lagavulin and Laphroaig, where you will be rewarded with coastal views and more drams! We finish the day back in Port Ellen, to experience the local whisky festival celebrations. (Overnight: Port Ellen)

DAY 3: Isle of Islay

We spend our morning exploring the rugged peninsula that is the Mull of Oa. Visit the American Monument from WW1 and look out for wildlife in the RSPB Nature Reserve. Next, we pay a visit to Bowmore Distillery before free time for lunch and shopping. Then, we travel to Port Charlotte to visit the Islay Life Museum, and Bruichladdich distillery for whisky – and gin! Afterwards, take a walk along the white sands of Machir Bay, before our final distillery visit at Kilchoman. We return to the hotel and go to dinner in a local restaurant. (Overnight: Port Ellen)

DAY 4: Port Ellen - Edinburgh

We catch the morning ferry back to the mainland, and then continue our journey along the idyllic west coast to the bustling seaside town of Oban, where we will have lunch. Afterwards, we travel towards Glencoe; one of Scotland’s most dramatic and awe-inspiring landscapes. Soak up the last of the scenery on our drive south, with a final stop at The Kelpies; two striking steel structures, and the largest equine landmark in the world. We arrive back into Edinburgh at approximately 7.30pm.

Please note this tour runs in conjunction with our sister company HAGGiS Adventures.

 

Tour Map

Select a date to book!


Mon
Tue
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Available
Full

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Departure


Edinburgh

The Royal Mile
60 High Street
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1TB

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Departure Time

Please check in at 08.45 for tour departure at 09.00.

Return Time


Tour returns at 19.30

Accommodation


Accommodation Included

We book your accommodation and drop you off at the door to your  3* Hotel

Highland Hotels are smaller than typical hostels ensuring a cosy and hospitable welcome. Facilities are more limited when compared with most hotels situated in large cities, however, you can be assured of a comfortable stay within close proximity to the centre of town. They are usually family run and have their own individual style and character. They serve a traditional Scottish breakfast and often offer a dinner option too.

ROOM TYPES

Twin Room
One room with two separate beds suitable for one adult in each bed.

Double Room
One room with one bed suitable for two adults.

Family 3
One room with two separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and one bed suitable for one adult/child.

Single
One room with one bed suitable for one adult.

Accessibility and Facilities

For more information, see our Accessibility Statement.

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