4 Day Isle of Islay and West Highlands Whisky Trail
Discover the wonderful whiskies 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 – along with the stunning scenery of the West Highlands and the Isle of Islay
Day 1 - Our Isle of 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 distillery 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, Kilchoman, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila.
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.
Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups – if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all ferry tickets, all taxes and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude your accommodation costs, distillery tours and tastings fees, and meals.
We recommend that you book accommodation in Isle of Islay (Day 1,2 and 3) to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat. The tour quote will include a list of accommodation recommendations and suggestions for overnight locations.
To allow for two full days on the Isle of Islay we have a slightly longer first and last day with a little more travelling – around 4½ hours driving and a 2¼ hour ferry sailing. On our first day we have a late finish around 8.30-9pm, while on our last day we have a late arrival back into Inverness around 7-8pm.
While this tour is designed around a whisky trail of the Isle of Islay and West Highlands, our four days of touring takes us through some of the most spectacular scenery that Scotland has to offer, and throughout our travels we will have scenery and history stops. We have some flexibility and the tour itinerary can be adapted (in advance) to suit specific requests if possible. Please let us know any requests through the 'Extra Information' section when completing a Tour Enquiry Form.
Ferry sailings are generally reliable in the summer months, but delays can occasionally occur. While we cannot be responsible for any extra accommodation, food or other costs that clients may incur due to ferry delays and cancellations, we will make every effort to adapt the tour to minimise disruption. Please note that no refunds will be given for tour and itinerary changes due to ferry changes and cancellations.