Whisky Tour to Scotland’s Edinburgh and the Isle of Islay

07 – 10 June 2019

Scotland, the land of ancient legends. Home of the fierce clans fighting with each other and for their independence. An archipelago of 790 islands. The centre of Enlightenment, which gave the world a steam engine and with it the industrial revolution. Cradle of golf and, last but not least, Scotch whisky.

The art of spirit distillation came to Europe from Arabia sometime in the 6th century AD. The first people to try the distillation process in Europe were Irish or Scottish monks or perhaps Vikings. The first distillation of Aqua Vitae, or Uisge Beatha in Galician, is mentioned in the 1494 tax records.

The production of Scotch whisky goes through cycles of prosperity and decline. At present, there are over one hundred whisky distilleries in Scotland ranging from the smallest to industrial behemoths.

Only the Best

The best way to get to know the Scottish whisky culture is to taste this elixir right from the source at a distillery. Whisky and whiskey offer the most extensive variety of taste amongst spirits. It is said that there is Scotch for everyone. One only needs to find it.

You may know everything about whisky, or perhaps you had a bad experience in the past, but you will undoubtedly love this trip. We will guide you through the basics, but we will always taste the best whisky, so even the basics will be most enjoyable by the discernible connoisseur.

We will taste whisky in the world’s leading society and visit the legendary distilleries on the Isle of Islay, the whisky cradle in Scotland. We will focus on single malt whisky, in many cases of the highest quality, i.e. single cask, undiluted, non-filtered and uncoloured.

Something Extra

The tour will be lead by Josef Litt, member of Scotch Malt Whisky Society, whisky investor and an experienced organiser of tastings and excursions to the distilleries. Josef prepared an extraordinary program and will take us to places not accessible to ordinary distillery visitors.

Amongst others, we will taste single cask malts in private club of The Vaults in Edinburgh. When on Islay, we will sample Laphroaig whisky straight from the barrels. We will experience an exclusive tour of the Ardbeg distillery not found in any price list.

What awaits us?

Our itinerary covers the best the distilleries have to offer during an extended weekend. Edinburgh is the best place to learn about the variety of Scotch whisky and the Isle of Islay offers the highest concentration of first-class experiences for whisky lovers.

  • We visit the historic Vaults in Edinburgh, accessible exclusively to members of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and their guests.

  • We fly to Isle of Islay for the legendary Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Bowmore distilleries.

  • You may choose to become a friend of Laphroaig and receive one square foot of Islay. You will also fill your small bottle of whisky from a cask of your choice.

  • Ardbeg distillery reached its cult status thanks to the uncompromising quality of its whiskies. We will be taken care of by legendary Jackie Thompson or master distiller Mickey Heads.

Price and Conditions

We prepared the itinerary in cooperation with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the distilleries as mentioned earlier. In spite of all efforts, SMWS or distillery operators may change the plan for unpredictable reasons and without prior notice.

Organised by SPARK AIRTICKETS, s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic.

Price: £1,430 from Edinburgh airport.

We will gladly book your flights to Edinburgh.

Price includes:

  • Pickup at Edinburgh airport and transfer to hotel.

  • Return flight from Edinburgh to Isle of Islay (return to Glasgow possible on request)

  • Accommodation *** including breakfast in Edinburgh and on Islay

  • All transfers within the programme

  • Tasting of single cask whiskies in The Vaults of Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh

  • Special tastings in Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bowmore a Lagavulin distilleries

  • English and Czech speaking tour leaders

  • Services of tour agency delegate

  • Travel agency insurance

Price does not include:

  • Accommodation if required by changes in the flight itinerary

  • Individual travel insurance

  • Meals, except breakfasts provided with accommodation

  • Additional programme requested by clients

  • Any other services not listed here

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