Islay & The West Coast Whisky Trail

Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for our Islay & The West Coast Whisky Trail self-drive tour. All of our itineraries are fully flexible and we would be delighted to add additional nights, or tailor the route to match your interests. Please request this when making an enquiry.

Day 1 - Arrive Glasgow and travel to the Isle of Arran
Travel west to catch the ferry to the Isle of Arran. Known as "Scotland in Miniature", this is Scotland's most southerly island and boasts dramatic mountains, deep glens and shimmering lochs.
Overnight - Isle of Arran

Day 2 - Isle of Arran Sightseeing
Your whisky tour begins with a visit to the Isle of Arran Distillery, Scotland's newest distillery and home to The Arran Malt. Sample some of the Island's other great produce - Arran Cheeses, Creelers Smokehouse and Arran Aromatics. Climb the rugged mountains or play golf on one of the island's many courses.
Overnight - Isle of Arran

Day 3 - Isle of Arran to Islay
Depart Arran by morning ferry and travel across Kintyre where your next ferry will take you to beautiful Islay. Known for its magnificent beaches and fertile lands, Islay is most famous for its smoky, single malt whiskies.

With eight distilleries all running guided tours, a visit to the island will give you ample opportunity to taste Scotland's national product. This is traditional whisky making in its full glory - from the malting of the barley, to the peat fired kilns and famous warehouses by the shores of Loch Indaal.
Overnight - Isle of Islay

Day 4 - Islay Sightseeing
Along the south coast of the island you will find the islay whiskies for the true aficionado - the uncompromising full bodied malts of Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. At Laphroaig Distillery they still cut their peat by hand and Lagavulin is renowned for its long maturation and complex, rich, peaty character.

Ardbeg is the most peaty malt whisky and is now one of the fastest growing Islay malts. Enjoy a warming dram and delicious lunch in the Old Kiln Cafe, under the old pagoda roofs.
Overnight - Isle of Islay

Day 5 - Islay Sightseeing
Bowmore Distillery has enjoyed a stunning setting on Loch Indaal since 1779 and is widely recognised as one of the finest single malt whiskies 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 Jura, renowned for its magnificently wild landscape and the most remote distillery in Scotland.
Overnight - Isle of Islay

Day 6 - Islay to Oban
Depart Islay and travel along the wonderfully scenic west coast and on to Oban, the beautiful hub of the Southern Hebrides. Visit Oban Distillery before enjoying dinner at an award winning seafood restaurant overlooking the Sound of Kerrera.
Overnight - Oban area

Day 7 - Isles of Mull & Iona Sightseeing
Take a day trip over to the magical Isles of Mull and Iona. Mull is home to magnificent sea cliffs, white sandy beaches and mountains that rise from the crystal clear sea. Famous for its stunning wildlife, you could get acquainted with whales, otters, puffins and basking sharks.

Visit pretty Tobermory, with its multi-coloured houses scattered around a peaceful harbour. Here you will find Tobermory Distillery, home to the the sweet and peaty malt of Ledaig and the excellent 10 year old Tobermory.
Overnight – Oban area

Day 8 - Oban to Glasgow
After breakfast it is a wonderfully scenic journey back to Glasgow. Travel through spectacular Glencoe, across wild Rannoch Moor and along the bonny banks of Loch Lomond.