Email from my favourite shop, the Celtic Whickey Shop in Dublin.
I very very much doubt I'll even be capable of going, but hope springs eternal.
If your interested you can email Ally at firstname.lastname@example.org
The (hopefully) much awaited Islay Trip has finally been arranged. I’ve extended the trip by one day from last year to allow us to take in Springbank & Glengyle Distilleries in Campbeltown as well as Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow and all the Islay Distilleries (Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Kilchoman). This is just about the ultimate trip for whisky aficionados! We also, have lunches and dinners arranged in some of Argyll’s finest restaurants and hotels.
The Dates – Wednesday 17th October to Saturday 20th October.
The Cost – Cost is 750 Euro per person.
This includes all travel (flights, ferry, mini-bus, drivers), Lunches (x 4; 2 in distilleries, 2 in restaurants), Dinners (x 3 in top restaurants plus fish supper), Distillery Tours and/or Tastings ( x 11 – have requested all tastings to include something extra). Dinners & lunches (where applicable) include a half bottle of house wine per person. Most menus will be set due to large party. Most of the accommodation is in shared cottages. A surcharge of 50 Euro will be required if you require your own room as most rooms are twin. There are a limited number of double rooms. I’m waiting for confirmation but cost should include holiday insurance.
How to book – Places are available on a first come, first served basis. To confirm a place, I’ll need a non-refundable deposit (unless I resell the place) of 250 Euro. The balance will be due by end of September.
The Itinerary Below is approximate and might vary.
Wednesday 17th October
Aer Lingus EI224
Depart Dublin 9.20am Arrive Glasgow 10.15am
10.30am – Collect Minibuses (I’ll try to book the correct amount this year!)
11.15am – 12.45pm
Auchentoshan Distillery, Tour & Tasting
Visit Glasgow’s distillery where all its whisky is unpeated and triple distilled.
Scenic drive to Loch Fyne (If it’s not raining)
Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow, Argyll
Another Scenic drive to Campbeltown
Springbank and Glengyle Distilleries, Tour and Tasting
The Hunting Lodge Hotel, Bellochantuy, Argyll
Thursday 18th October
7.30am Breakfast if you’re up.
The only free breakfast of the trip!
8.15 am Sharp
Depart for Kennacraig
Depart 9.45am, Arrive Port Ellen 12.05pm
12.20pm -1pm Lagavulin Tasting and visit to shop.
Ardbeg Lunch plus Tasting and visit to shop.
3.30pm – 5pm
Laphroaig Tour and Tasting
Arrive at Bowmore Cottages
Bus from Bowmore to Port Charlotte
Dinner Port Charlotte Hotel
One of the highlights of last year’s trip. Seafood was as good as I’ve tasted!
Bus back to Bowmore
Friday 19th October
Make your own! Each cottage has their own cooking facilities. The Co-op across the road will open your eyes to the delight of Square sausage and morning rolls!
Drive to Bunnahabhain
Bunnahabhain Distillery Tour and Tasting
Caol Ila Distillery Tasting
Lunch at the Lochside Hotel
To ensure late night drinking in Bowmore’s late bar, I thought we should maybe have lunch there!
Bowmore Distillery Tour and Tasting
Some free time to go to the pub, go to bed or take the famous Lighthouse trip!
8pm Dinner at the Harbour Inn
Saturday 20th October
Breakfast – Same story as yesterday!
Depart Bowmore Cottages 10am
Bruichladdich Distillery Tour and Tasting
Kilchoman Distillery Lunch and Tasting
Port Askaig to Kennacraig Ferry
Inverary Fish and Chips or Deep Fried Mars Bar
Depart Glasgow 10.15pm Arrive Dublin 11.10pm
I’d be delighted to answer any questions.