4-Day Islay & Whisky Tour From Edinburgh Including Admissions

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    08:30 AM
  • Return Details :
    • Minimum age is 18 years • Please arrive at least 15 mins in advance to check-in. • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to .. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit the Isle of Islay in the Scottish Hebrides on a 4-day tour from Edinburgh, and discover its famously friendly people, stunning landscapes, and most importantly its whisky! Having produced Scotland's finest smoky malt whiskies for more than 200 years, Islay provides the perfect base for whisky lovers and novices alike. Enjoy three nights of accommodation in the 4-star Bowmore Distillery Cottages
(not available on Wednesday departures)** and discover up to six different distilleries, including big-name sites like Laphroaig and Ardbeg, with a guide.
Numbers are limited to 16 on this small-group tour, ensuring youll see the best of Islay with personalized attention with your guide.
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(Monday and Friday departures: only B&B available; Wednesday departures only 3-star Hotel available)

Inclusions

  • Ferry crossings
  • 3 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Driver Guide
  • Entrance Fee: Price includes Tour & Tasting at Ardbeg, Kilchoman , Bowmore & Laphroaig Distilleries
  • Transport by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees: unless specified

Additional Info

Public transportation options are available nearby

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

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.

Monday departures offer the chance to see more whisky production as all the distilleries are in operation on weekdays.

*Itinerary and distillery visits are subject to change.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-Jul-2023

    The tour is well balanced between distilleries and other activities. There's not too much driving. Accommodations were pleasant.

  • 11-Jul-2023

    Touring the island of Islay with Rabbie’s was the trip of a lifetime! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Scottish history, viewing the beautiful landscape, and visiting eight whiskey distilleries with a great group of people. I can’t say enough good things about Pete, our guide: knowledgeable, thoughtful, fun, and a good driver. We highly recommend Rabbie's and hope to go on another tour in the future.

  • 07-Jul-2023

    We have just finished the four day Islay tour There was a lack of information from Scottish Routes before the tour and only gave me tips on request that the other travellers in our group did not have (pre booking restaurants etc) We found Moray quite rude, belittling and obtuse and anti-English! We did enjoy the tour with great whiskies and accommodation was good too so would recommend if you are not English!

  • 20-Sep-2022

    Very relaxing to have someone else manage the driving and know when and where to stop. Our driver Andy was an excellent driver and while he kept a schedule, we were never rushed. He even worked in a special request stop for us. He chose well the distilleries we visited. I had the impression we'd be seeing more than 6 but three a day for days 2 and 3 is it. Days 1 and 4 the tour takes you to other sites. So the 6 we visited were different from each other in age, culture, production, tour experience and more. The pre-arranged tastings were awesome, probably not something one could get on their own. Luckily we only had 12, not 16, in our coach so that was a nice bonus. Some people in the group were told a few days before the tour that their room had been cancelled and they needed to book their own. I opted from the start to book my own and that worked out great.

  • 04-Sep-2022

    I will preface this starting off stating that I went on this tour only for the love of my husband who loves whisky, but I left this tour as someone who now enjoys whisky. We went on this tour 5 -9th of August and had an excellent time. Our tour group consisted of 10 guests total and a fabulous guide (Hi Stewart!). The van was comfy and spacious enough for all of us. The tour heavily focuses on distilleries - tours and tastings. I tagged along initially for the hope of some nice scenic sightseeing, we were mainly just driving through - though we did stop at a few to explore. The distillery tours were informative and the tastings were educational and wonderful to the point where I left every distillery enjoying my tasting experience (and it wasn't just alcohol induced). I definitely recommend booking this tour if you want to visit great distilleries and not worry about any of the coordination/ planning that goes along with it.

  • 21-Aug-2022

    Only words of warning: this tour is really for whisky lovers as you will be spending most of your time at distilleries learning and drinking whisky and most of your free time with other people who love whisky. Everything about this tour was fantastic from the comfortable accommodations, the pace, the fantastic private tours and tastings, and our knowledgeable guide (Adam)! The tour was mostly couples but I would say even if you are considering traveling by yourself, Rabbie's makes it easy and comfortable (just maybe don't bring the kids on this one since there wouldn't be much for them to do). If you love whisky and meeting others who share that love, it is a great tour and I highly recommend it.

  • 29-Jul-2022

    Whiskey Heaven We traveled with Stewart for an exceptional Islay tour. He and Rabbies made it a relaxing experience full of memories and learning. Each distillery displayed its unique qualities. Stewart took care to make sure we had time to enjoy every stop. They were each as beautiful as their island.

  • 03-Jul-2022

    What an incredible trip! Islay is beautiful and welcoming to guests. The tour was so well organized - we didn't have to think about any details, and everything was taken care of for us. We just enjoyed the sights and tastes. Dom was an amazing guide and host. He was knowledgable about the places we visited and had great recommendations for any free time we had. We will be back for another Rabbie's tour and hope we are lucky enough to have Dom as our guide, driver, and party captain.

  • 03-Jul-2022

    Perfect experience for the peaty Islay whisky lover, and for those who are game to try out and learn more about Islay whisky. The first day is the drive to Islay and the ferry trip, these were comfortable in the 16 passenger van and had just the right amount of historic stops. We visited 7 distilleries over the two days on island- Kilchoman, Ardnahoe, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg (our favorite!!), Lagavulin and Laphroig. It was a different experience each time, some were just tastings and some had tastings and tours. The tasting options are set beforehand, but some distilleries are open to giving a sample if you are wanting to buy a whisky they didn’t do a taste of. The drive back was a bit sad, since we had quickly gotten close to our fellow passengers. But we did manage to squeeze in a few historic stops. I truly feel that a lot of the success of this tour and the great memories we have were made possible by our wonderful Rabbie’s guide, Dom. He did such a great job sprinkling historic tidbits, pointing out interesting sights and then incorporating poignant songs that then came to life (since we were driving through it!). We highly recommend tours with Dom, and tours with Rabbie’s.

  • 30-May-2022

    Rabbie's put together a great itinerary with this tour. It collected many great historical points along the way in addition to the stars of the tour, the distilleries. It was very refreshing for us to break away from the busy routine of visiting well known landmarks and just sit back and let Mr Burns do the driving and guiding. Islay was delightful, the distillery tours are fascinating, and the whiskey is delicious. Mr Burns had a breadth of whiskey knowledge, and he did a great job of adapting our tour to post-covid obstacles as the island returns to normal. His knowledge of landmarks and history along the way was great and he made the trip very enjoyable. We would fully recommend this tour and guide for both the whiskey lover and someone who wants to experience the island life.

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