5 days

From £1,045

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Islay represents the southern extreme of the Inner Hebrides. Once the ancient home of the Lord of the Isles, who ruled the Hebrides from two islets on Loch Finlaggan, Islay has always been popular with archaeologists and historians. Today the island is perhaps better known for its distinctive malt whiskies, its sandy beaches and its diverse birdlife. While we are here we visit the Bowmore Distillery, the oldest distillery on the island, and Loch Gruinart RSPB Nature Reserve where we have the opportunity to hopefully see many bird species.

To the north-east is Islay’s neighbour Jura, an untamed and rather mysterious island with just 200 human inhabitants, dominated by the “Paps of Jura”. The northern end of the island was home to George Orwell, where he wrote his masterpiece “1984”.

Completing our trio of islands we offer an optional excursion to Colonsay, with its glorious beaches and a superb woodland garden, famous for its outstanding collection of rhododendrons.

We are based at the comfortable Port Askaig Hotel, which has a superb location overlooking the harbour. Locally sourced seafood and meat features on the menu and the cosy bar stocks a full range of Islay malts.

Tour highlights:

  • Watching the comings and goings at Port Askaig harbour
  • The pungent aroma of fermenting barley at Bowmore Distillery
  • On the trail of the Lords of the Isles at Loch Finlaggan
  • Peace and quiet on the island of Jura
  • Optional excursion to the tranquil little island of Colonsay

Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £100.

Single supplement: £200

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Dundee 0430 2015
Perth 0500 1945
Kinross 0600 1845
Dunfermline 0615 1830
Edinburgh 0645 1815
Glasgow 0800 1700

Please note all pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers. All timings given above are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Ferry crossings
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
17 May 2021 BIJA210517 17 May 2021 (Monday) 21 May 2021 (Friday) £995
(ex. flights)
£200 Call for availability
7 June 2021 BIJA210607 7 June 2021 (Monday) 11 June 2021 (Friday) £1,045
(ex. flights)
£200 Book Now
12 July 2021 BIJA210712 12 July 2021 (Monday) 16 June 2021 (Wednesday) £1,045
(ex. flights)
£200 Book Now
13 September 2021 BIJA210913 13 September 2021 (Monday) 17 September 2021 (Friday) £1,075
(ex. flights)
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