Known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is Scotland’s fifth-largest island and lies off the country’s west coast in the Inner Hebrides. Avid birdwatchers often make the trek to Islay, which is home to many species of birdlife, including the barnacle goose and the Greenland white-fronted. 

However, it’s the malt whisky that really draws the visitors. Islay is one of Scotland’s main whisky-producing regions, and it’s a whisky-lovers paradise, with nearly 10 distilleries you can tour, including Lagavulin and Bowmore. Even if you’re not a fan of whisky, a distillery tour is a must (when in Rome… and all that). In between tastings, a walk along a sandy beach or dramatic coastal path will give you your fill of fresh Atlantic air. 

A four-day trip to Islay from Edinburgh or Glasgow provides an sweeping look at this scenic isle – think cozy B&Bs, typical Scottish scenery, distillery tours and oyster tastings. 

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Whisky Tasting and Dinner in Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Appealing to whisky novices and connoisseurs alike, the Whisky Tasting and Dinner gives a unique insight into the complex world of Scotch whisky! Led by an ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.89

4-Day Isle of Islay Tour from Edinburgh: Whisky Distilleries Including Laphroaig, Bowmore, Kilchoman and Ardbeg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Visit the Isle of Islay in the Scottish Hebrides on a 4-day tour from Edinburgh, and discover its famously friendly people, stunning landscapes, and most ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $589.69

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