Islay, Edinburgh & Speyside Whisky 2021/2022

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8 Days / 7 Nights (B 'n B )
Availability : April - October
Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

Islay, Edinburgh & Speyside Whisky: 3 nts Bowmore, 2 nts Edinburgh, 2 nts Grantown-on-Spey

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

Whisky is a golden-hued contradiction.

It’s somehow smoothly harsh, subtly bold, and roughly refined. It’s undoubtedly an ‘acquired taste’.

And on this tour, we give you time to understand all of whisky’s nuanced characteristics in two of Scotland’s outstanding whisky regions.

You begin by savouring the smoky and peaty whiskies of the Isle of Islay. You then return to Edinburgh to experience an exclusive whisky lunch. And for dessert, you head north for a chance to indulge in the light, sweet single malts of the Speyside region.

What’s more is between all the delectable flavours you get chance to see Scotland’s famous national parks, lochs, and ancient sites.

It’s a tour that blends the beauty and tastes of Scotland.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

The Islay Distilleries – On an island known locally as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’, there is a regal quality to the distinctly peaty style of its single malt whiskies.

Bowmore village – The white-washed cosy ‘capital’ village of Islay has more whisky than you’d dare to believe.

Sandy beaches of Islay – Stroll some of the most beautiful and rugged beaches in the UK along Islay’s West Atlantic coast.

Loch Lomond National Park – Admire the views and take postcard-perfect photos to share with your friends and family.

Cairngorms National Park – The area boasts four out of five of the UK’s highest mountains. What’s more is there’s a lot of gorgeous flora and fauna.

Speyside – Quite literally whisky heaven. There are more distilleries per square mile here than anywhere else.

Speyside Cooperage – Learn about the lifecycle of a whisky cask.

Royal Deeside – Throughout history, the Royal Family have loved exploring this gorgeous region of Scotland.

Pick Up Location & TIme

Edinburgh  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 8:15am (tour departs at 8:30am) – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Drop off Location & Time

Edinburgh
6:30pm

Price Includes

  • 7 night Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full Scottish breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 7 breakfast
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attraction
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh - Bowmore

You escape the city of Edinburgh and head straight for the Highlands. Your first stop of the day is in the Trossachs National Park. Here, you can admire Scotland’s scenic beauty and enjoy some local delicacies.

Your driver-guide may regale you with tales from Scottish folklore as you travel through the mountainous landscapes of the Western Highlands to Oban.

It was once the strategic heartland of great feuding clans. But today, Oban is famous for seafood sourced fresh off the boats. It also boasts its own distillery where you can sample whisky that’s been perfected for 200 years. Here, you will have time to enjoy a dram and indulge in delicious local seafood for lunch.

You then venture through the Kilmartin Glen where you see standing stones and strongholds that are over 1,500 years old.

At Kennacraig, you catch the evening ferry to Islay. The sail is around two hours; and if you peek out to the ocean, you may see the Paps of Jura. These mountains mark the way to Islay, Queen of the Hebrides.

Once you’ve arrived on the island, you settle into your accommodation in Bowmore.

Day 2Bowmore

We know whisky tasting can be hard work, so you begin the day with a little sleep in.

After you’ve had an ample amount of breakfast, you enjoy a tour of Bowmore, the oldest licenced distillery on the island.

Your driver-guide takes you to Ardnahoe Distillery for a tour and a lunch of local treats. This modern distillery is the passion project of the Laings, a family who have loved whisky for generations. Today, you can admire their vision, craftsmanship, and unique spirit.

Your next stop of the day is at Kilchoman Distillery. This is a proud and independent whisky-maker whose tastes are as bold as their environmental ethos. You have time for a tour and whisky tasting here, before a walk down the beautiful white beach that lies close by.

You head back to Bowmore where you can either stumble back to your room for the night or relax and explore the village. (B)

Day 3Bowmore

Today you explore the southern side of the island, home to a few of the most famous whiskies in all of Scotland: Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg.

After you’ve made it out of bed and eaten your breakfast, you visit Ardbeg. You stay here for a tour, tasting, and lunch. The restaurant here is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy fine Scottish produce as you sip upon delightful drams.

You then visit Laphroaig. This 200-year-old whisky distiller is a favourite with the British royal family and bears the seal of the Prince of Wales to prove it.

Throughout the day, your driver-guide takes you to historical spots such as the ruins of Kildalton church and Dunyvaig Castle. And you can also stop at Lagavulin for some intensively flavoured, rich and smoky whisky.

You return to Bowmore for your last evening on the island. (B)

Day 4Bowmore - Edinburgh

This morning, you take the ferry back to the mainland and replace the intoxicating fumes of whisky with the replenishing fresh air of Scotland’s West Highlands.

You travel through coastal scenery to the beautiful village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. The town is adorned with historic buildings, old boats, and a great whisky shop.

Leaving Inveraray, you take a drive up through the steep-sided mountains known as the Arrochar Alps to the great viewpoint at ‘Rest and Be Thankful’. Then, your trip continues to Loch Lomond where you have a chance to admire Great Britain’s largest body of water by surface area.

You arrive in Edinburgh in the early evening. (B)

Day 5Edinburgh

Today is a free day to explore Edinburgh, the historic capital of Scotland. There are so many options available here – why not take our city tour to familiarise yourself with the ‘Old’ and ‘New’ towns of the city.

No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to her medieval castle. Sitting on a volcanic plug, the stronghold rises above the majestic Princes Street gardens and is a sight to behold.

In the afternoon, savour a special three-course lunch with two whisky tastings at an excellent restaurant in the city.

And after that, what you do is up to you. You can venture deep under the city on a ghost tour, hike to the lofty heights of Arthur’s Seat, or even relax in Edinburgh’s gorgeous gardens.

Just ensure you relax and prepare for the next part of your adventure. (B)

Day 6Edinburgh - Grantown-on-Spey

In the morning, join the next leg of your adventure at Edinburgh Bus Station and head north through the Kingdom of Fife to Lindores Abbey Distillery.

This modern Scottish distillery is built on the site of the first-ever recorded distiller in the country. Learn about the first whisky made in Scotland and sample their ‘Aqua Vitae’.

After lunch in Pitlochry, you can taste the delights of Scotland’s highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, near the source of the River Spey. Once you’ve warmed with this dram of “the gentle spirit”, you continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown-on-Spey, your base for two nights. (B)

Day 7Grantown-on-Spey

A whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region. After a scenic drive towards the coast, your first stop of the day is at the family-owned Benromach Distillery, where you can go on a personalised tour.

You travel back up the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage, where you see another aspect of the whisky-making process.

After lunch in nearby Aberlour, you visit Cardhu Distillery, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label.

From here you travel back to Grantown-on-Spey. (B)

Day 8Grantown-on-Spey - Edinburgh

In the morning you visit Glenlivet, which is both a distillery and a beautiful glen with serene walks and wonderful wildlife.

Then, it’s time to say goodbye to Speyside and head to the majestic Royal Deeside, her Majesty’s favourite holiday spot. You pass by Balmoral Castle, and stop in Braemar, a lovely little village in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass, through Perthshire, and back to Edinburgh. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation

2022: June 3 to July 29 – Friday$2040$26702022: June 3 to July 29 – Friday$2040$2670

Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: June 2 to September 24 – Friday $2130 $2790
2021: October 1 to October 29 – Friday $2020 $2680
2022: April 1 to May 27 – Friday $2020 $2680
2022: June 3 to July 29 – Friday $2130 $2790
2022: August 5 to August 26 – Friday $2310 $3080
2022: September 2 to September 30 – Friday $2130 $2790
2022: October 7 to October 28 – Friday $2020 $2680

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

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Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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