If you’re a fan of Scotland’s signature amber restorative, the 4-day Islay Whisky Tour from Glasgow come highly recommended. If you’re not (and here one is tempted to admonish the skeptical), then by all means leave the glorious casks of blessed liquid to the rest of us.
Veterans of the tour will tell you that a large part of the pleasure in partaking in a version of the following itinerary is the distinctive scenery (including sweeping seaside vistas and arresting castle ruins), and bracing environs that punctuate a tour of the island’s distilleries. Along the way, you’ll pass the town of Inveraray, Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne. You’ll pass sandy strips of beach and indulge in pleasant strolls down coastal paths. You’ll sample the wares at a local oyster farm, and mix up the parade of imbibing by stopping off for a flight of ales at one of the island’s better breweries.
Day 1 will end at a cozy B&B in the town of Bowmore after stopping for lunch and your first whiskey of the trip in the pleasant fishing village of Oban.
Day 2 will see you off to the Laphroaig, Lagavullin and Ardberg distilleries, which are justly famous the world over as producers of excellent medium-bodied whiskies.
Day 3 will take you to Bowmore Distillery on the shores of Loch Indaal, as well as Bruichladdich Distillery, and a lunchtime stop at the Kilchoman Farm Distillery. There are also excellent opportunities for golfing (when in Rome) and trout fishing, though these fall outside the official itineraries of most tour groups.
Day 4 (your last day) will involve still more whiskey and sightseeing and a lovely ferry ride to the Isle of Jura before a final stopover at the popular whiskey shop in the town of Inveraray and a visit to Inveraray Castle before your return to Glasgow.