An amazing 7 day whisky tour by yacht on the West Coast of Scotland. This is a great tour for people who love to be on the sea and who love whisky. The tour takes you on an amazing voyage and you are bound to see a lot of marine life, spectacular scenic beauty and some great sailing. To top this exerience you will visit a number of distilleries and Islands. A truly remarkable whisky tour your!
Whisky by water tour Itinerary
We set out from Largs Marina aiming for Ardrishaig, the eastern gateway of the Crinan Canal. Our course takes us around the south point of Bute and then heads northwards into Loch Fyne, past Tarbert and on to the Ardrishaig Sea Lock. We pass through the first few locks before stopping at Cairnbaan for the night to enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Coffee and french toast in the cockpit whilst waiting for the Cairnbaan road bridge to be opened, then on through the remaining locks, passing pretty cottages, wild flowers and waving to passers-by on the tow path before being lowered into the colourful Crinan Basin with its array of vessels and ‘wee lighthouse’. A favourable tide and handy north-westerly should allow us to set course for Craighouse, home to our first distillery on the Isle of Jura. By early evening we sail into the bay and pick up a mooring for the night, looking forward to our trip ashore in the morning.
Having enjoyed our tour of the distillery and sampled the local delights it is time to leave Craighouse and plot a course to Islay. It might be blowing quite fresh breeze from the northwest and we make our way down the Sound of Jura, navigating outside the Ardbeg islands while catching tantalising views of 3 more distilleries between the rocky outcrops. We head for Port Ellen towards the southern end of the island, where we berth in its small marina and enjoy a hot shower.
We awoke to the light drumming of rain on the coach roof so lingered over breakfast in the hope it would dry up before we ventured ashore. Luck was on our side so we hired a couple of bikes then pedalled up the winding coastal road to Ardbeg distillery. Before long we could see the iconic rooftops of the distillery and were soon sampling some of its delights. On the way back to the boat we got another distillery under our belts, this time Lagavulin where we enjoyed the tour and another wee taster. The evening was spent enjoying a meal ashore and trying one or two other malts from some of the many other Islay distilleries which we hadn’t quite managed to visit that day!
After checking weather and tides, it was time to leave Islay and punch our way towards the Mull of Kintyre and on to our next stop at Campbeltown. Passing inside Sanda island we can be treated to an impressive display of diving gannets, later possibly spotting some porpoises just off the entrance to Campbeltown Loch. Once at the head of the loch we berthed in the marina before heading ashore for dinner.
Suitably refreshed after a good night’s sleep we head to Springbank, distillery number 4. After our tour we topup on more solid supplies before motoring back down the loch and out into a sparkling Kilbrannan sound. Heading north, our next anchorage is Lochranza on the Isle of Arran.
On our final day we go ashore to visit the Isle of Arran distillery. Lunch aboard under the dramatic Arran skyline before setting a course for home. We arrive back at Largs in the early evening with just enough energy left to pack up our gear and tidy the boat. At this point our charter clients would perhaps enjoy their last crew meal together before handing the yacht back the following morning, but for us it was fish & chips then home to curl up on the couch with a wee dram and thank our charterers for coming up with such a great cruise – Cheers!
This tour is run by SailAway Scotland. Please follow this link to see more:
Sailaway Scotland Yacht Charter Ltd