Six Day Islay and Speyside Whisky Trail

Highlights: Loch Lomond National Park, Inveraray, Ardbeg and Laphroaig, Bowmore Distillery, Caol Ila Distillery, Glenfiddich Distillery, Speyside Cooperage, Glenlivet, Macallan Distillery, Strathisla and Cardhu Distilleries, Cairngorm National Park.

Day 1

Travel west enjoying the magnificent scenery of famous Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Admire the majestic Ben Lomond mountain before taking the “Rest and Be Thankful” pass over to the Georgian village of Inveraray.

Enjoy a stunning ferry down west Loch Tarbert before crossing over the Sound of Jura for your first sight of Islay – the Whisky Island.

Overnight Islay

Day 2

This world famous small island offers the whisky connoisseur fantastic options.

Tours and tastings are on offer at Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. Each one with a local expert who can describe the special story of each whisky.

Enjoy a masterclass in whisky tasting where you  go out into the interior of the island to cut your own peat!

Overnight Islay

Day 3

Today enjoy some of the other famous malt whisky on Islay.

Bowmore Distillery has enjoyed a stunning setting on Loch Indaal since 1779 and is widely recognised as one of the finest single malt whisky’s in the world.

On the northern shores of Islay is Caol Ila Distillery where you see distillers at work tending the six copper stills, and a magnificent view across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura.

It is a short ferry journey over to the island of Jura, renowned for its magnificently wild landscape and the most remote distillery in Scotland.

Overnight Islay

Day 4

Leave beautiful Islay on the morning ferry to enjoy a full day of relaxing travel along the Argyll coast.

Arrive for lunch in the bustling ferry port of Oban and sample some of Scotland’s best seafood. You might even see it landed ashore!

Option to visit Oban distillery for a tasting before travelling past Castle Stalker, along Loch Linnhe and north past Fort William.

Enjoy a stop at the charming village of Fort Augustus and watch the fun of the boats going up through the five locks of Thomas Telford’s wonderful Caledonian Canal.

Drive along famous Loch Ness, looking for the monster, past the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle before arriving for an overnight stay in the small city of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.

Overnight Inverness

Day 5

Continue the discovery of the best of Scottish whisky by following the Malt Whisky Trail of Speyside.

Many wonderful tours and tastings on offer in the heart of Highland Speyside. Perhaps visit  Strathisla, the oldest distillery in the region which occupies a beautiful position next to the River Isla. Cardhu Distillery dates back to the 19th Century and produces a full-bodied, peaty whisky.

Enjoy a visit to the amazing Speyside Cooperage, the only place you can see the hand-crafted whisky barrels being created.

To end the day, visit Scotland’s newest Whisky Experience at the famous MacAllan distillery. Enjoy a masterclass tasting and sample vintage whisky only available here in Speyside.

Overnight Speyside

Day 6

On this final day there are more wonderful distilleries to visit on the journey south or perhaps enjoy Scone Palace or Blair Castle to hear the ancient 700 years of history.

Enjoy a tasting at Scotland’s highest distillery -Dalwhinnie. High up in the centre of the Cairngorm National Park the whisky here has matured in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

Perhaps visit Erdradour – Scotland’s smallest distillery near the bustling Highland town of Pitlochry. A hugely entertaining and informative tour begins with a dram of this special whisky.

Our last stop of this wonderful whisky adventure gives a real sense of the rich history of Scotland. Scone Palace is the crowning place of Scottish Kings. Explore the amazing Palace, colourful gardens and get lost in the maze!

Please note – there are more than 100 malt whisky distilleries across Scotland. Let us know your favourites and we will create a personalised tour just for you.


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