5 days

From $1,535

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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

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Outside Discovery Point
0430 2015
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
0500 1945
Moto Services on M90
0600 1845
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
0615 1830
Outside Marriott Hotel Glasgow Road
0645 1815
North Hanover Street
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.

Today's Price

Deposit: $140 Single supplement: $280

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
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  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
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  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
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  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing


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 supplement Availability
16 May 2022 BIJA220516 16 May 2022 (Monday) 20 May 2022 (Friday) $1,535
(ex. flights)
$140 $280 Book your trip
6 June 2022 BIJA220606 6 June 2022 (Monday) 10 June 2022 (Friday) $1,535
(ex. flights)
$140 $280 Book your trip
11 July 2022 BIJA220711 11 July 2022 (Monday) 15 July 2022 (Friday) $1,535
(ex. flights)
$140 $280 Book your trip
12 September 2022 BIJA220912 12 September 2022 (Monday) 16 September 2022 (Friday) $1,535
(ex. flights)
$140 $280 Book your trip
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