Islay: Explore Scotland’s Whisky Isle
Posted on May 19, 2017 by Sonja Jones
One Scottish island is famed more than all the others for its whisky production – Islay.
At around 25 miles long, and 20 miles at its widest, this little island packs a punch on the world whisky stage with their iconic brands. It’s a whisky lover’s delight with distilleries around every corner.
- Explore other whisky regions with our whisky tour around Scotland
Cycle from Dram to Dram
On our Island Explorer road cycling trip you jump on the ferry with your bike at Lochranza, Arran. From the ferry you’ll start to spy the distilleries that have made this island famous. After an overnight in Bowmore you’ll ride quiet back roads and enjoy great views of the Atlantic until you reach Port Charlotte where you’ll stop for a tour at Bruichladdich distillery. What will you make of this lighter, less peaty dram? The route around Islay takes us past many more distilleries including a few that any whisky aficionado will recognise: Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. It is these whiskies, made in the south of the island, that have the powerful peaty smoky taste Islay is famous for.
- At the end of May each year the Island holds its Festival of Music and Malt with traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting.
Toast your Trek with a Whisky
Our Argyll & Isles walking tour lets you explore all the whisky islands but we spend two special nights on Islay. Mountains, monuments and single malts are key features of our time on the island. Exploring the beauty of Islay on foot over the two days works can work up a healthy thirst.
- If you have a spare £1,0494 to spare perhaps you might invest in a single cask anniversary edition of Lagavulin? The proceeds will help the local community that keeps the Islay whisky industry alive.
Join us on Islay and learn why we call whisky the water of life:
|28th Apr - 4th May 2018||Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles||£1,695||1 place(s) left||Book Now|
|12th May - 18th May 2018||Road Cycling - Island Explorer||£1,795||5 place(s) left||Book Now|
|19th May - 25th May 2018||Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles||£1,695||5 place(s) left||Book Now|
|18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018||Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles||£1,695||7 place(s) left||Book Now|
|18th Aug - 24th Aug 2018||Road Cycling - Island Explorer||£1,795||4 place(s) left||Book Now|
|8th Sep - 14th Sep 2018||Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles||£1,695||6 place(s) left||Book Now|
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