Spirit of Distilleries

Connoisseurs' Islay Whisky Tour

10 distilleries, 3 days, 2 nights, many expressions.

This is an in depth, deluxe Connoisseur’s Tour, offering VIP and Craftsman’s Tours, Tasting & Experiences at Islay and Jura’s Scotch Malt Whisky Distilleries.

This Spirit of Distilleries Tour is for people who have a great interest in the Islay Malts. It is perceived as a tour for people who already have some knowledge of Scotch whisky and wish to expand their awareness of the grouping known as the Islay Malts.

Explore the Islay distilleries of Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain and the new Ardnahoe distillery.

Staying in exclusive accommodation, drinking high end, old and rare whisky, and being hosted by distillery managers…. you will have the whisky experience of a lifetime.

The tour manages to fit in EVERY distillery on Islay and also makes a visit to the Isle of Jura Distillery. We can also visit Lussa Gin, a craft distillery at the north end of Jura.
Most of the distillery visits are in depth tours or tastings.

At Bunnahabhain you have the opportunity for a Premium Tasting. You explore 5 of the Bunnahabhain Expressions. Or we can attend a Warehouse 9 Experience where you sit on old church pews, wrapped in Islay Woollen Mill rugs and sample great whisky directly from the cask. The Bowmore Vaults Secrets Tasting Tour is a two and a half hours exploration of the distillery and warehouse, sampling some of their expressions and tasting from at least two casks. You fill your own 100ml bottle directly from the cask to take home.

The Laphroaig Tour is Distiller’s Wares which is an in depth exploration of the distillery followed by a warehouse experience where you sample three of their best expressions and hand fill your own 250ml bottle of Laphroaig’s finest.  You are tutored by the Team Leader or one of the Craftpersons from the distillery.

You are looked after and introduced to the people at each distillery by your host, guide. On this tour you can really focus on learning and experiencing more about the Distilleries and their Malts, and leave all the organising of transport and responsibility for achieving each visit at the arranged time to Wild and Magic Islay.

Your accommodation is usually in Bowmore, in one of the comfortable guesthouses or hotels in the village.

This is YOUR connoisseurs’ tour.

Proposal Itinerary for Spirit of Distilleries Tour

Day 1 – Tuesday

We meet you off the morning ferry or plane and head to Bunnahabhain for their special tour. After going round here we will make our way to Port Askaig to make the 5 minutes ferry crossing over the Sound of Islay to Feolin in Jura. We will drive to Craighouse where we will have lunch in the Isle of Jura hotel, before being taken around the Jura Distillery – or Lussa Gin Distillery.


We then return to Islay and make our way to Caol Ila Distillery for their Cask Strength Experience.

We then make our way to Islay’s newest distillery Ardnahoe to enjoy an in depth tour.
After which we will take you to your welcoming guest-house where your time is your own to explore your surroundings or rest and prepare for dinner.

Day 2 – Wednesday

We collect you from your guesthouse and drive to Laphroaig Distillery to undertake their in depth Distillers’ Wares Tour.

We then make our way five minutes up the road to Ardbeg Distillery for their Tour and Full Range Tasting. We can have lunch in the Old Kiln Café at Ardbeg, before heading off for their amazing Ardbig Tour & Ardbig Tasting at Two.

Or we can attend the Lagavulin Warehouse Experience with Iain in the morning and visit Ardbeg for lunch and a 5 Dram Table Top Tasting. Then, Layers of Laphroaig Tasting exploring the individual flavours of whisky that are layered to create Laphroaig Select.

We then return you to your guest house where the evening is your own to explore and perhaps visit one of our whisky bars.

Day 3 – Thursday

We collect you from your accommodation and make our way to Bruichladdich Distillery on the shores of Loch Indaal. You will have a special tour and if you wish you can fill your own bottle. Then we will make our way to Kilchoman, one of the world’s newest traditional distilleries for their morning tour.

We can have lunch at the Kilchoman Distillery Café. After lunch, we will return to Bowmore, the island’s capital village where you can undertake take a Bowmore Distillery Tour or Reinventing the Flavour Wheel Tasting.

We will then take you to the evening plane or ferry and wave you off after a very enjoyable time on Wild and Magic Islay.

Full care and attention of Host/Guide for duration of time with Islay Whisky Academy

Cost of Spirit of Distilleries Tour

Included in the price:


Two Nights accommodation. Two Breakfasts. All special tours and entrance to Islay Distilleries detailed in itinerary. Ferry Trip to Jura Distillery and tour entrance. All transportation for duration of time with Wild and Magic Islay. Full care and attention of Host/Guide for duration of time with Wild and Magic Islay. Excludes lunches or dinner.

From £800 per person.
Price depends on season & group size.

WHISTLE STOP WHISKY TOUR

This is a shorter version of this Tour, comprising 2 days and 1 night. Available for those who are pushed for time.
Email us with your requirements.

Spirit of Distilleries Connoisseurs’ Tour Dates:

2019
Jan 15,22,29. Feb 5,12,19,26. Mar 5,12,19,26. April 9,16,23,30. May 7,14,21. June 4,11,18,25. July 2,9,16,23,30. Aug 6,13,20,27. Sept 3,10,17,24. Oct 1,8,29. Nov 5,12,19,26. Dec 3,10.
2020
Jan 14,21,28. Feb 3,10,17,24. Mar 3,10,17,24,31. April 7,14,21,28. May 5,12,19. June 2,9,16,23,30. July 7,14,21,28 Aug 4,11,18,25. Sept 1,8,15,22,29. Oct 6,13,20. Nov 3,10,17,24. Dec 1,8,15

All our tours are custom made to suit you. Please email your requirements and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. Dates and prices above can be considered as guidelines.