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Whisky Galore on the Isle of Islay, home to eight distilleries.
A holiday on Islay should be high on every whisky aficionado’s list. This corner of the Inner Hebrides is home to no fewer than eight working distilleries, producing world-famous brands such as Laphroaig and Bowmore, plus characterful drams such as Bruichladdich and Kilchoman farm. Try our short break to experience not just the whisky, but also the sandy beaches, striking seascapes and wildlife.
Within easy striking-distance of several distilleries and the island ‘capital’ Bowmore, your accommodation on the island is a family-owned property whose welcome is as warming as the whisky itself. There’s no shortage of advice from island residents of longstanding, whether that be directions to the quietest beach, the latest on Islay’s best dining or suggestions for that off-kilter dram you may never have tried. Comfortable en-suite rooms ensure the most restful of nights, while a fine, freshly cooked breakfast charges the batteries for a full day’s exploration.
No visit to Islay is complete without visiting at least some of the island’s world famous distilleries. Your break will include 2 tours, usually of Laphroaig and Bruichladdich – we can include any that is a favourite brand, or let us choose for you. We can arrange taxi transport on the island if required, or would recommend that you nominate a driver.
Once the ancestral seat of the Lords of the Isles, Islay is a fertile island of low heather-clad hills, attractive beaches, numerous historical sites and more whisky distilleries than any other Scottish island! A haven for hill-walkers and bird-watchers, it is home to the huge Loch Gruinart bird sanctuary and its vast numbers of migrating geese. In the island capital, Bowmore, you can visit the unusual Round Church (no corners for the devil to hide in!) or, if history is your thing, the Museum of Island Life in Port Charlotte is well worth a visit, as are the ruins of Finlaggan Castle, home of the Macdonald chiefs, and Kildalton Chapel with its early Christian cross. Easily accessible for day-trips are the neighbouring islands of Jura – rugged and truly remote – and pretty Colonsay (Wednesdays only), which boasts spectacular Kiloran Bay.
The journey to Islay starts with a memorable drive past Loch Lomond and down Loch Fyne to the Kintyre peninsula, where you catch your ferry.
This holiday is based on the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland.
£495 per person for March & November, £515 per person for April & October, £565 per person for May to September.
Prices based on two people sharing a room for three nights on a bed & breakfast basis. Your holiday includes return ferry travel for a car and two adult passengers, premium tours of two distilleries on Islay and return taxi transfers.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
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We really couldn't say thanks enough, the whole holiday was a delight and we will be back with you guys for more of the same.Teresa & Paul, Stirling, Scotland
Well organised, first class accommodation, lovely hosts and delicious food.Louise, Ayrshire, Scotland
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