5 days

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Summary

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

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • 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
Outside Discovery Point
0430 2015
Perth
Broxden Park & Ride, A93
0500 1945
Kinross
Moto Services on M90
0600 1845
Dunfermline
Halbeath Park & Ride, Jct 3, M90
0615 1830
Edinburgh
Outside Marriott Hotel Glasgow Road
0645 1815
Glasgow
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.

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
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June 7 2021 BIJA210607 June 7 2021 (Monday) June 11 2021 (Friday) $1,410
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July 12 2021 BIJA210712 July 12 2021 (Monday) July 16 2021 (Friday) $1,410
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September 13 2021 BIJA210913 September 13 2021 (Monday) September 17 2021 (Friday) $1,480
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October 4 2021 BIJA211004 October 4 2021 (Monday) October 8 2021 (Friday) $1,345
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May 16 2022 BIJA220516 May 16 2022 (Monday) May 20 2022 (Friday) $1,535
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July 11 2022 BIJA220711 July 11 2022 (Monday) July 15 2022 (Friday) $1,535
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September 12 2022 BIJA220912 September 12 2022 (Monday) September 16 2022 (Friday) $1,535
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