This tour is the ultimate trip for lovers of peated and island-style whiskies!
Explore distilleries in the cult favourite regions of Islay and Campbeltown. You'll get to sample some amazing whiskies, blend your own single malt and learn how to make gin.
This edition of our ultimate whisky tour explores two cult whisky regions - Campbeltown and Islay - as well as the Isle of Arran, the Isle of Jura and the historic Argyll coastline up to Oban.
Over eight days you'll visit 3 islands and 14 whisky distilleries. You'll learn to make gin, explore some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland, and stay in incredible hotels every night.
Campbeltown is probably the cult whisky capital of Scotland. Its three distilleries form a whisky "region" all of their own with a distinctive style.
This was once one of the most prolific regions in Scotland. Sadly, US Prohibition affected the area and until recently there were only 2 distilleries producing whisky. Campbeltown sits right at the end of the Mull of Kintyre and the malts from the region reflect this with a coastal character. They are known for their dryness and often for their pungency. There are also a few peated releases, for example, Longrow, which is produced at the Springbank, with Glen Scotia and Glengyle completing the modern-day complement of distilleries.
Islay is usually associated with peated single malt whiskies. Three big distilleries on its south coast produce some exceptional peaty single malt whiskies, but there are also some less peaty drams. Take Bunnahabhain - the distillery sits to the north of the island and produces fruity malts. There's also Bruichladdich, known for their experimental stance. Bowmore, produced in the island's pretty capital, Caol Ila and the newer farm-distillery of Kilchoman, are usually peated, but not to anywhere near the same level as south coast distilleries.
Arran has a rich whisky history, but the two distilleries current operating are both new (first distilling in 1995 and 2019). By contrast, Oban started distilling as far back as 1794!