4 Day Islay and West Highlands Whisky Tour
Discover the wonderful whiskies of the Isle of Islay with a four day tour from Inverness that allows for two full days to explore up to six of the malt whisky distilleries on Islay.
Day 1 - Our four day Islay and West Highlands whisky tour begins at Inverness where we follow the ancient geological fault line that cuts through the Highlands - the Great Glen - towards Fort William, with scenic stops at Loch Ness and Fort Augustus on the way. After a refreshement break at Fort William we continue south to Oban where we visit the famous Oban distillery. The late afternoon takes us south through Kilmartin Glen towards Kennacraig where we board the evening ferry for a 2¼ hour sailing across to the Isle of Islay and the first of our three overnight stays on the island.
Day 2 and 3 - We have two full days on Islay and the itinerary can be adapted around your tastes and personal choices. Generally we aim to enjoy two standard distillery whisky tours each day and if possible add in a third distllery for tastings. Alternatively, you may wish to take an extended distillery tour of your favourite whisky - just let us know and we can design a specific itinerary to suit.
Choose from Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila (my favourite).
Day 4 - We leave the Isle of Islay on the morning sailing back to the mainland. It is then a scenic drive north to Oban where we enjoy a late lunch. The afternoon takes us through Fort William and along the Great Glen back towards Inverness. Throughout our return drive we break the journey with a number of scenic viewpoint stops including Spean Bridge and Inverlochy Castle.
We have some flexibility with the itinerary over the four days and it can be adapted (if possible) to suit specific requests regarding distilleries or historical attractions.
Distilleries have a silent season when there is no whisky production for a number of weeks (generally during the summer months). Distillery tours still operate but without production in the background.
Advance payment is required for most distillery tour fees.
Please note that this tour is not suitable for children (under 18s).
Private Tour Price (per tour)
April to October: £2250
Depart Inverness 9am