• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 4 days (approx.)
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Indulge in natural wonders, charming locales and fine whiskies on a 4-day small-group tour of Isle of Islay. Travel to the Scottish Hebrides, where jagged peaks and white sand beaches set the stage for a centuries-old whisky-making tradition. Spend four days exploring the remote archipelago and visiting up to six distilleries such as Laphroaig and Ardbeg, and enjoy three evenings of relaxation at the 4-star Bowmore Distillery Cottages.


  • 4-day whisky tour from Edinburgh to the Isle of Islay
  • Spend three nights in a 4-star Bowmore Distillery Cottage with your group
  • Learn all about smoky Islay whiskies on up to six distillery visits, including Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Laphroaig and Ardbeg
  • Enjoy a visit to the town of Oban and the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada on the Scottish mainland
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

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

Sample Islay whiskies on this 4-day Islay tour from Edinburgh!

Your 4-day excursion begins in Edinburgh, where you’ll meet your guide and small group of fellow whisky-lovers. You’ll set off in the morning by luxury van, embarking by ferry to the Hebridean island of Islay. Along the way, catch spectacular mountain and ocean views, full of local wildlife and ancient monuments. Arrive by early evening to Bowmore, where you’ll check in to your quaint holiday cottage located at Bowmore Distillery. Please note that you’ll have the choice of a single or twin room in a shared cottage.

Over the next days, you’ll visit at least six renowned whisky distilleries including Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Laphroaig and Ardbeg. Enjoy samples of choice whiskies where you’ll learn the full-sensory experience of whisky tasting (own expense). If time and group interest permit, your guide will happily make additional stops at some of the areas other distilleries. You’ll have the option to taste at your own expense at each location, or simply view the space and its breathtaking natural surroundings.

Your tour includes round-trip transport, three nights accommodation in the 4-star Bowmore Distillery Cottages and daily continental breakfasts of bread, milk and cereals.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Creme de la creme of distillery tours. Everything about this trip was amazing. Lots of time at each distillery. Great tour guide Nicky. Bowmore cottages were comfortable and right on site. Even though continental breakfast was advertised, the guide asked each of us what we would like. I had figs, yoghurt and cheeses for breakfast. Whiskey tastings were reasonably priced and lots of under the counter offerings as well. To cap it off, the weather was hot. Went for a swim in Loch Lomand. I am a seasoned traveller and this tour by Rabbie's was right up there. Hint. Stay at Elder York Guest House in Edinburgh. It's only 50 yards from departure point at bus station.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

My husband, daughter and I had a wonderful time on this tour which, though booked through Viator, is a Rabbie's tour. Along with visiting 6 distilleries on Islay, the tour includes numerous stops along the way at beautiful lochs, small churches, historic sites and small villages and towns. Our tour guide, Daniel, was excellent - filling the driving time with history about Scotland, fun facts and stories, and music related to what we were seeing. The Bowmore Cottages were perfect and well appointed, and the small town of Bowmore was a lovely base from which to see Islay. We enjoyed getting to know the rest of our small group - a terrific mix of men, from all over the world and a range of ages. Though we enjoyed all of the distilleries, Ardbeg was our favorite tour/tasting, with Bowmore a close second. We highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was a great way to see Islay and experience 6 of the distilleries on the island. But there is much more to Islay than just Whisky. Gail, our tour guide, made every effort to provide a tour that balanced the tastings with other sites and experiences.

Brian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful, Wonderful tour!!! Not just about the distilleries. Also about Scotland and the history of this wonderful country. So many amazing sights to see!!! Would highly recommend. Gayle our tour guide made her love of Scotland our love!!!

Jennifer E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour, knowledgeable and friendly driver, fabulous whisky and great to have a choice in level of accommodation.

Tero K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Party-Pete was great quide, thanks and all the best to him. We learned lots of whisky and Scotland. Bowmore cottage was good place to stay. Distilleries were interesting and Kilchoman was excellent start to tour and have great story, good luck for them. We had nice group and it was pleasure to meet new people around the world. We hope to come back one day.

William S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour guide.

William S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

this should be a very high rating. I'm not sure which end is the best rating.

Peter D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were fortunate to get blue skies and sunshine every day, which certainly enhanced our trip, but even if Islay can't guarantee the weather every time, I'd highly recommend this tour. We visited 6 distilleries on Islay, as well as Oban on the mainland. The Ardbeg and Kilchoman tours were both particularly good, but every distillery had its own distinctive feel, and needless to say we also tasted some fantastic whiskies... Accomodation was good, and the organisation was brilliant, so it stress free apart from the problem of choosing which whiskies to take home with us.... Our driver was knowledgeable, and maintained his enthusiasm and sense of humour throughout. If you like the idea of beautiful scenery combined with excellent whisky, I'd definitely take this trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour and Steve our guide and driver was awesome. Full of knowledge and humour. Very helpful and has lovely knees. Nice to be in a small group. The cottages were very nice and of course the distilleries were an interesting experience. If you're a whiskey lover then this tour is for you.

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