COME AND TASTE SCOTLAND'S WHISKY ISLAND WITH SLAINTE SCOTLAND
The Hebridean island of Islay off the West Coast of Scotland is world famous for its salt flavoured peat malt whisky. With a population of 3000 people and 8 (nearly 10) distilleries, you can tell the people on the island, take this industry very seriously and it is in bedded in the island's culture. It therefore seems very fitting that we at Slainte Scotland (Gaelic for cheers), give you the pleasure of joining us on our discovery of Islay's "Uisge Beatha" - Water of Life.
- Bowmore Whisky Distillery
- Bruichladdich Whisky Distillery
- Kilchoman Whisky Distillery
- Laphroaig Whisky Distillery
- Lagavulin Whisky Distillery
- Ardbeg Whisky Distillery
- 4 nights nights acommodation.
- Enjoy the unique island atmosphere.
We will meet you at the airport / train station and have take you to your hotel: Holiday Inn Express Greenock (20-30 minutes from the airport). The Holiday Inn Express includes breakfast. On booking, please advise us on your rooms requirements ie double room / twin room etc.
Since you will have spent most of Day 1 traveling especially with a late check in at the hotel, we will leave the hotel at 11.00am. This will allow the group to get enough rest, have breakfast and be prepared for the journey ahead. We will make our way to Kennacraig where we will catch the ferry to Islay. The journey enroute is absolutely breathtaking and we will make a couple of comfort and photo stops at Loch Lomond and Argyll. The ferry to Islay takes nearly 2 hours and we will enjoy a late lunch on the ferry. (not included).
Once on Islay, we will make our way for the accommodation. Where we stay is subject on availability (Islay is a very small island which makes availability a little difficult however we only use establishments with a great reputation) and will be on either a bed and breakfast or self catering basis. Please advise us of your requirements on booking.
For dinner, we will enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant. (£20 per person is included for dinner excluding drinks and any extra cost will be required to be paid by the individual guest)
We will depart from the accommodation at 9.30am and make our way for the Bowmore Distillery where you will enjoy a complimentary distillery tour. Due to a limitation in numbers, we may split the group in 2 and the rest will go to Bruichladdich and so on.
10.00am Bowmore Distillery Tour
Visiting Islay? No trip to this island famous for its whisky would be complete without a tour of Islay's first distillery. Our award-winning Visitor Centre is open all year round and the tours, like our whisky, are world-renowned. After all, no one knows more about our celebrated Single Malt than the people who make it. Included in accommodation rate).
We will then make our way to Bruichladdich for the Tour and Tastings. Enroute we will enjoy lunch in the area and the amazing scenery for photographs. (not included).
1pm. Bruichladdich for the Tour and Tastings:
Basic whisky tour and tastings.
Afterwards we will make our way for the Kilchoman Distillery where you will enjoy their whisky tour.
3.00pm Kilchoman Whisky Distillery
Our distillery tour lasts around an hour, and includes a tasting of two drams.
After the tour we will make our way back for the accommodation where you can enjoy the gardens and time at your leisure. We will have dinner around 6.30pm. Dinner allowance is £20 per person and does not include drinks.
We will get up nice and early to depart at 9am and get ready for a full day of whisky tours before making our way back to the mainland. Due to group size restrictions, we may split the group up at the various distilleries.
10am Laphroaig Distillers Wares:
Enjoy a tour of the distillery from the malting through to maturation stages. In our warehouse sample straight from a selection of casks before using a valinch to bottle your favourite to take home and enjoy.
(Includes a glass and a 250ml bottle of selected cask)
We will then make our way for Lagavulin for the Premium tasting.
1.30pm Lagavulin Premium Tasting:
Hosted by one of our passionate Lagavulin staff this tasting experience will start with our classic Lagavulin 16 year old and then lead you through the range of Lagavulin alongside some interesting cask samples to let you examine the many flavours found in our robust whisky. Includes a 30 minute distillery tour followed by 5 tastes, a complimentary glass and a voucher for £3 off the purchase of a 70cl single malt whisky.
The final distillery visit on this tour is the Ardbeg Tour and Tasting.
3.30pm. Ardbeg Tour and Tasting:
An opportunity to take a tour, taste Ardbeg and learn some of the secrets of the Distillery along the way. Have fun with your knowledgeable guide and ask the questions you need answered.
We will then make our way back for Greenock where we will stay at the Holiday Inn Express for 1 night.
We will enjoy breakfast and check out (no later than 10am) to trainsfer back to the train station or airport.
We will then bid everyone Slainte Mhath and haste ye back to Scotland soon.
Terms and Conditions:
We require a 50% deposit at time of booking as we are required to pay the distilleries and accommodation in advance for our time slots.
The remainder will be required to be paid 28 days in advance of the tour date.
The prices quoted are subject to availability which may alter before booking has been confirmed.
We accept payment via bank transfer, online or over the telephone via credit or debit card.
10% charge for cancellation more than 45 days before tour departure.
20% charge for cancellation 45 - 30 days before tour departure.
50% charge for cancellation 30 - 15 days before tour departure.
For cancellation less than 15 days before tour departure any refund is at the our discretion.