Islay Whisky Trails Short Break

Islay Whisky Trails In Style

Explore the diverse landscapes of Islay; visit distillery water sources, and walk the coastlines and white sand beaches that lend their flavour to the island’s iconic single malts; Bowmore, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, and Kilchoman. With time in the itinerary for visiting 6 out of 8 distilleries this trip is perfect for both whisky-tasting amateurs and connoisseurs.

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Hiking trail · Argyll and Bute
Port Ellen to Carraig Fhada Lighthouse
easy
9.1 km
2:30 h
90 m
90 m
A short walk perfect for taking in the best of Port Ellen after arriving; pass by the two beaches of Port Ellen village and the Carraig Fhada ...
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Hiking trail · Argyll and Bute
Three Distilleries Walk
moderate
11.7 km
3:00 h
31 m
34 m
Explore the stretch of coastline from Port Ellen to Ardbeg distillery, taking in Laphroaig and Lagavulin distilleries on the way. 
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Hiking trail · Argyll and Bute
Bowmore to Laggan Point Loop Walk
moderate
13.9 km
3:30 h
54 m
45 m
A varied coastal route beginning and ending in Bowmore whilst taking in the beaches and craggy coastline of Laggan Point. 
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Hiking trail · Argyll and Bute
Kilchoman Distillery to Saligo Bay
easy
12.9 km
3:00 h
30 m
32 m
Visit Machir Bay, after which one of Kilchoman’s malts is named, then walk out to Saligo and discover two more white-sand beaches tucked behind ...
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Hiking trail · Argyll and Bute
Port Wemyss and Portnahaven Loop Walks
easy
7.7 km
2:30 h
87 m
83 m
Two short loops combined to take in the best of Port Wemyss and Portnahaven on the south-western tip of Islay.
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Hiking trail · Argyll and Bute
Loch Gruinart to Ardnave Point
moderate
17.1 km
4:30 h
42 m
64 m
A linear walk ending with a loop of the beautiful dune landscape of Ardnave Point before returning to the RSPB visitor centre at Gruinart. 
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