Whisky Trail Package
Whisky Trail Hotel Package
Stay for two nights from £210 with one night dinner in Asknish Bay Restaurant and one night in the Bistro plus entrance to all distilleries (2 on Islay). It is possible to then book direct to stay a night on Islay or Jura.
The hotel will be able to book and organise all trips on the guest’s behalf.
Whisky Trail Day One: Oban and Mull
Oban Distillery: Nestling beneath the steep cliff that overlooks Oban sits one of Scotland’s oldest sources of single malt Scotch whisky. You will be taken around the distillery by a knowledgeable guide exploring each part of the whisky making process.
Tobermory and Ledaig: Tobermory Distillery was established in 1798, is the only distillery on the island and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. This unique distillery produces two very distinctly different malts; the lightly peated Tobermory and the more robustly peated Ledaig.
Mull Travel Information
Whisky Trail Day Two: Islay and Jura
Established in 1815, Ardbeg Distillery is one of the three “Kildalton Distilleries” on Islay, along with Lagavulin and Laphroaig. Located on Islay’s south coast, Ardbeg distills one of the peatiest whiskies of all the Islay malts. Ardbeg’s distinctive character is due to the specification of malt used; a minimum level of 50 p.p.m. phenol. Distillery Tours £5.
Laphroaig Distillery is considered one of the most strongly flavoured of all scotch whiskies, and is generally aged to 10 years. Laphroaig is the only whisky to carry the Royal Warrant of HRH, Prince of Wales (the 15-year-old is reportedly his favourite scotch whisky), which was awarded to him person during a visit to the distillery in 1994. Distillery Tours £5.
Lagavulin Distillery officially dates from 1816, though some records show illicit whisky distilling on the site as far back as 1742. Lagavulin Single Malt Whisky has a strong, peaty flavour and a noticeable presence of iodine. The iodine divides many tasters who either love it or hate it and is not necessarily the best malt to introduce to new whisky drinkers. Distillery Tours £6.
Smoky, salty and sea-weedy are few characteristics of Bowmore Single Malt Whiskies. In 1779, John Simpson founded the then small distillery making Bowmore Distillery is the oldest legal distillery on Islay. Distillery Tours £6.
Bruichladdich Distillery is an innovative distillery producing Islay single malt whisky. It produces 700,000 litres per year from mainly un-peated barley (half organic, half from Islay) from 28 Scottish farms. Distillery Tours £5.
Kilchoman Distillery began production in June 2005 making it the first distillery to be built on Islay in 124 years. Kilchoman’s whisky is completely produced on site at it farm distillery from their own grown barley and maltings, to the distilling and bottling. Distillery Tours £5.
Bunnahabhain Distillery is a relatively mild Islay malt and its taste varies greatly from other fine spirits to be found on the island. Water rises through Islay’s limestone and is piped to the distillery so it doesn’t pick up any peat. Distillery Tour Times £6.
Caol Ila Distillery
The Caol Ila Distillery has the largest whisky production on Islay producing in one year what Kilchoman produces in a week! Almost 90% of Caol Ila whisky is used in blend whiskies such as Chivas Regal. Distillery Tours £6.
Islay Travel Information
In 1963 a derelict distillery was rebuilt and helped revive a community and launched a legend; the Jura Distillery. Ever since they’ve been using their incredibly tall stills to create a uniquely crafted mix of whiskies that distinguishes them from all other distilleries. Whiskies from the Jura Distillery are sweet and mellow, rich and smoky, and have whiskies that appeal to a very wide range of whisky drinkers and connoisseurs.
Jura Travel Information
Alternative Whisky Trail Options
Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William
Established in 1825, Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. Incorporated within Ben Nevis Distillery is The Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Centre which is built into an old warehouse dating from 1862 and an old bottling hall which still retains some original features. A conducted tour of the production area is available which concludes with a complimentary ‘tasting’.
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown
Springbank Distillery is situated in the heart of Campbeltown in the Mull of Kintyre. Built in 1828, the premises today comprise not only the original buildings, but also parts of 5 distilleries no longer in use. It was originally the 14th distillery and is now the oldest and larger of the two Campbeltown distilleries operating today (Glen Scotia is also situated in Campbeltown but not open to the public). Distillery Tours £6.50.