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Islay Adventure
See, Visit & Explore: Loch Lomond, Inveraray, Mull of Kintyre, Ferry to Islay, Nature watching, Optional Malt Whisky Distillery visits and tastings, Kilmartin Glen and the Rest and be Thankful

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4 day tour from £385

Tuesdays
10 & 24 April, 2018
8 & 22 May 2018
5 & 19 June 2018
3, 17 & 31 July 2018
14 & 28 August 2018
11 & 25 September 2018

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from 385 per person
Single Room - from 445 per person

Notes

We regret that children under the age of 18 are not carried on this tour.
We regret that hotel accommodation is not available on this tour.

Product code: HEX00182

Tour Summary

This four day tour will take you to Islay, truly a Scottish island paradise.

Stunning scenery, ancient history, abundant wildlife and a traditional culture make it an attractive enough island to visit. Add some of Scotlands finest malt whisky distilleries and you can see why Islay is such an attractive destination!

Day 1: Travel from Edinburgh to visit Glengoyne Malt Whisky Distillery. Next travel by way of Loch Lomond, delightful Inveraray and Tarbert before touring through the Mull of Kintyre to catch the ferry to Islay.

Day 2 & 3: Spend these days exploring the Isle of Islay. The flexible itinerary will allow nature-watching, in-depth exploration of Islay and visits to several of the islands famous whisky distilleries with tastings.

Day 4: Sadly we leave Islay behind and return to the mainland by ferry. Visit ancient Kilmartin Glen then tour along the banks of Loch Fyne. Return to Edinburgh or Glasgow by way of the Rest and be Thankful pass and Loch Lomond.

Tour features:

  • Visit Loch Lomond, Islay and Whisky Distillery Visits and Tastings* (*admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Port Ellen, Isle of Islay
  • Depart from Edinburgh and return to Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Tour duration: 4 days/3 nights
  • EVoucher: No need to print your voucher - just show it on your smartphone and go!
  • Signature Extended Tour

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Day One
Edinburgh - Inveraray - Islay
We will spend today touring to the Queen of the Hebrides. From Edinburgh we travel westwards to Glasgow, Scotlands largest city. There is sure to be a song in your heart as we make our way along the "bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Enjoy the wonderful views of Ben Lomond as we travel towards the pretty little village of Tarbet.
Our ascent of the impressive Rest and be Thankful Pass will provide wonderful views of Glen Croe. Well stop at the summit to admire the panorama from the viewpoint. This part of Scotland has strong connections with Rob Roy MacGregor so as we travel through Glen Kinglas there are sure to be stories of cattle rustling and tales of ancient clan rivalries to be told. Soon we reach the pretty white-washed town of Inveraray which sits at the head of Loch Fyne just a short distance from the impressive castle that is home to the Dukes of Argyll. Well make a photo-stop so you can capture the scene.
From Ardrishaig there are fine views over Loch Fyne all the way to pretty Tarbert from where we turn towards West Loch Tarbert. At the port of Kennacraig we board our ferry for our crossing to Islay.
Overnight: Port Ellen, Isle of Islay (3 nights)
 
Days Two and Three
Discovering Islay
The exact itinerary for these days will vary depending on weather, seasonal and natural attractions. Our flexible approach will ensure that you will enjoy the very best experience.
The island of Islay (pronounced "eye-la) has always been blessed with nature's bounty - rich farmlands which each autumn witness clouds of geese arriving to winter on the mild pastures. Loch Gruinart in the north is the island's main reserve, with barnacle and white-fronted geese flying in from Greenland. Elsewhere keep your eyes open for golden eagles, seals, otters, whales, dolphins, wild geese, red deer and much more.
Peat is still cut from the mosslands which cover much of the interior, giving the unique flavour to the 'Islay malts' - world-famous whiskies such as Bowmore, Laphroaig and Ardbeg. Well make visits to several distilleries so you can watch the production process and, even better, sample their delights!
Islay has a number of traditional villages clinging to the rough Atlantic Coastline, ruined castles, golden beaches and a proud Gaelic culture that extends back over a thousand years. A visit to the Kildalton Cross will transport you back in time more than 1200 years and you will discover the ancient seat of the Lords of the Isles at Finlaggan. Bowmore, Islay's main town, has a unique, round church, said to have been designed to ensure that evil spirits had no corner in which to hide.
With two full days to explore the island, you will be spoilt for choice of things to do.
 
Day Four
Islay - Kilmartin Glen - Edinburgh/Glasgow
Sadly we board our ferry and bid a fond farewell to Islay. On our return to the mainland we will make the short drive to the attractive fishing port of Tarbert. Well make a stop for lunch here so you can enjoy some freshly-landed seafood.
From Lochgilphead we make a detour to visit Kilmartin Glen. This mysterious Glen has one of the most concentrated areas of prehistoric sites in Scotland including a linear cemetery a line of burial cairns that stretch for over 2 miles. Nearby is Dunadd, a hill fort that dates from the Iron Age. Dunadd was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada so this part of Argyll has played an important part in the creation of modern Scotland!
Our return journey will take us along the banks of Loch Fyne towards Inveraray then onwards to the Argyll Forest Park and the little village of Arrochar. A short drive will take us back to Loch Lomond. It has 30 islands and we will get a good views of some of the larger ones as we make our way southwards.
The Kilpatrick Hills will guide us towards Clydebank, the famous shipbuilding town and then Glasgow. Once we have bid farewell to our friends who are leaving us here we travel across Scotland to end our tour in Edinburgh.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect on this Signature Extended Tour?
For the discerning traveller a Signature Extended Tour from Scottish Tours delivers a quality Scottish touring experience that offers the very best value for money. Comfortable accommodation, well-paced sightseeing and luxury mini or midi coach travel all combine to create the definitive Scottish experience.
Each tour is hosted by a professional driver/guide, who has been chosen for their extensive knowledge as well as their driving skills. Friendly, courteous and well informed, theyll be happy to answer all your questions about the history, geography and customs of the places youll discover on your tour. And being locals you are sure to get that extra insight. If you should have any problems during your stay, theyll go out of their way to help.
You will want to see as much as possible, but you dont want to be rushed. Our tours are carefully planned to strike the right balance, and as well as comfortable coach travel many feature memorable railway or ferry journeys. We often include those little gems, well worth a visit, that most other tour companies drive on by.
As these itineraries are more leisurely, visiting places off the beaten track is easy and makes for a truly unforgettable trip.Having somewhere pleasant to stay after an exciting day of discovery is an important part of your holiday experience. Youll stay in a comfortable guest house with en-suite bathrooms, tv and other amenities.
Each property has been carefully selected to offer you Highland hospitality at its very best. Start each day with a Scottish breakfast, a hearty meal that will keep you going all day long. Vegetarian and Continental options will also be available if you prefer lighter fayre.Please check out the other FAQs for more specific information on this tour. If you have any unanswered questions please feel free to email us at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk  - well be happy to help. 
How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available. 
What meals are included?
A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee.
Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Your driver/guide will be happy to suggest a conveniently located restaurant where you can enjoy good food for dinner.
What kind of accommodation do you use?
We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience.  The guesthouses and B&Bs are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided.
Some guesthouses and B&Bs offer enhanced facilities such as a residents lounge where you can relax with other guests. Accommodation is spread throughout the communities that we stay in and the guesthouses/B&Bs seldom more than a 10/15 minute walk from the town or village centre.
The coach will drop you off at or close to your accommodation each night and will pick you up in the morning, after breakfast.  
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate bedsDouble room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed  Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.   

How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally 16 passengers.  
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together. 
Can I join the tour in Edinburgh and leave in Glasgow?
Yes, you can and there is no extra charge to do this. It makes a great way of travelling between our two great cities. The tour is scheduled to return to Glasgow at 17:45 hrs. If you wish to do this please email us at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk quoting your booking reference number. Well be happy to make the arrangements for you.

What's Included

  • 3 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 to 4)
  • Live commentary in English.
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
  • Return ferry crossing to Islay
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Service charges and taxes

Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your tour host

Departure information

Check In: 08:15
Departs: 08:30
from 1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
Returns: 19:00


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