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West coast whisky, wildlife & castles

9 days from $4,450pp

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Tour highlights

  • Explore Glasgow's vibrant street art with a local.

  • Visit some of Islay's iconic whisky distilleries for tastings.

  • Embark on a wildlife cruise around Islay's rugged coastline.

  • Drive through the mountains of Argyll, visiting several picturesque castles along the way.

  • Cycle along the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond.

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • On arrival into Glasgow you are met at the airport and driven to your centrally located hotel. This afternoon embark on an orientation tour of the city with your private guide.

  • This morning you explore the street art of Glasgow with a private guide, walking through the central areas of the city to discover the bright, bold and innovative artwork which adorns various buildings and walls. In the afternoon, visit Tennent's Brewery for a shared tour and tasting experience.

  • Collect your hire car then drive to the west coast, ready to board your ferry across to the island of Islay. En route to the coast, drive via Loch Fyne, known for its excellent salmon. The ferry will take you across to Islay, then drive to your waterside hotel.

  • Visit the American Monument by yourselves, before driving to Ardbeg Distillery for a shared tour and tasting. In the afternoon, board your shared wildlife cruise boat to explore the coastline with a local captain, keeping an eye out for seals, dolphins, porpoise and seabirds.

  • This morning, visit the Kildalton Cross by yourselves. This is one of the finest early Christian crosses in Scotland, and is intricately carved with Celtic designs and Christian motifs. Head to Laphroaig Distillery for a shared tour of the distillery. Next, drive to Port Charlotte to explore the Museum of Islay Life, then visit Kilchoman, Islay's newest distillery, situated on a farm. Here you'll have a shared tour and tasting.

  • Take the ferry back to the mainland, then drive toward Oban, exploring the ancient stone circles of Kilmartin Glen en route. In the afternoon, you'll board a speedboat to embark on a wildlife boat trip around the coast and small islands around Oban.

  • Today you explore the castles, lochs and mountain scenery of Argyll with a private guide, driving in a 4x4 vehicle to give you the best views. You'll visit the ruins of Kilchurn Castle as well as stopping inside Inveraray Castle, still lived in by the Duke of Argyll and his family.

  • Drive to the town of Luss in Loch Lomond this morning, then pick up your rental bikes and cycle down the shore at your own pace. Continue onward to the outskirts of Glasgow, where you'll stay in a castle hotel within close proximity to the airport.

  • Return to the airport to fly home.

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While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Glasgow
 
Oban
 
Loch Lomond
 

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