SPIRIT OF ISLAY TOUR 4 days & 3 nights

We are offering a Magical 4 days and 3 nights, island Safari on the beautiful Isle of Islay               ~ ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’.


On this tour we take you to special, secret places. We walk by the river through the woods, and catch a glimpse of Roe deer, Heron and perhaps an Otter.

We sit round a fire on the shore and watch the Atlantic waves rolling in from afar. We see the Seals and hear them sing, sample Malt whisky from a working distillery.

Watch Buzzards soar on the wing, eat homemade scones at a picnic in the ruins of an ancient chapel, then, return at night to comfort and luxury.

We hope through experiencing time at the shore, sitting on drift wood benches listening to the roll of the sea, you can start to reconnect with the magic and mystery of life.
By walking up a hill and taking a picnic whilst looking out over the earth and water as far as your eyes can see you will tune in to the energy and sparkle of nature and feel happy and excited about things.

 We want you to have a deep experience of nature – but not have to ‘rough it’ to feel connected. We want to offer you time in the ruins of the past and in experiences with the wildlife of the present that will make you feel alive and special and happy.

Land, Sea, Animals, Weather, Drams, Picnics, Laughter, Gaelic Songs, Birdsongs, Magic, Adventure and Traditional Islay Hospitality – We are pleased to share them all with you!

Full Trip Itinerary

(trip can be modified slightly to suit personal preference – and weather!)

Day 1 – Friday

 We will meet you off the plane or ferry, and take you to your lovely accommodation, where we will have morning coffee and homemade scones. Together, we will discuss your trip and anything special you hope to see or experience during your time with us.
We will then go to the wee village of Ardbeg, for a Tour of the Ardbeg Distillery, and if you wish, have lunch in the Old Kiln Café. After lunch, we will make our way to the ancient, carved, Celtic Cross at Kildalton, perhaps we will see the herd of Fallow Deer.
We will then visit the ruins of Dunyvaig Castle at Lagavuilin, after which we will drive to the Oa, walk down to the beach to the cave and see the sparkling waterfall. We may see some of the wild goats that roam around the cliff tops. We will make a fire on the shore, and have a picnic while watching the waves.
After a while we will return to your welcoming guesthouse, where the time is your own to explore your surroundings or prepare for dinner and the evening ahead.

Day 2 Saturday
We will collect you from your comfortable guesthouse and make our way to Finlaggan, the ancient Seat of the Lords of the Isles ~ in the 13 Century the MacDonald’s ruled much of the Western seaboard from here. We will explore the council island and the old ruins, and call into the visitor centre, which contains lots of interesting information about the Lords and their times.
We then visit the Islay Woollen Mill, situated at Daill road end and walk through the woods (the Strath) where we could bump into Roe Deer or glimpse the elusive river Otter whilst making our way to picturesque Bridgend at the heart of the island. We can have a delicious lunch here, then head off to the fascinating Museum of Islay Life situated in an old church, in the seaside village of Port Charlotte.
Leaving here we will travel to Ard Nave and see the stark silhouette of the ‘older than time’ stone cross on the shores of Loch Gruinart, and where we can enjoy a picnic tea with homemade Shearers’ cake. We can walk to the hide at the wild bird reserve at Aoradh.
We then return to your guesthouse and the rest of the evening is your own to enjoy at your leisure. You may wish to attend a ceilidh where you will hear traditional Gaelic singing, and perhaps sample one or two of the famous Islay Malts.

Day 3 Sunday
We will collect you from your accommodation – but maybe not too early! and setting off we will walk up Glas Bheinn or Beinn Bheigeir behind Kynagarry, to enjoy spectacular views all round the island, seeing Buzzards, Hawks and if we are very lucky, maybe a sighting of a Golden Eagle. A delicious homemade picnic lunch will be provided – and perhaps a sip from the hip flask to celebrate achieving the summit.
When we make our way back down we will go to the MacTaggart Leisure Centre in Bowmore for a sauna or swim to soothe any tired muscles (a reflexology session or aromatherapy massage can be arranged)
Then we will return you to your welcoming guesthouse where you can enjoy a pleasant evening feeling relaxed of body and soul.

Day 3 Monday
We collect you from your guesthouse and drive to Kilchoman where we can walk along beautiful Machir beach, enjoying listening to the Atlantic surf pounding on the sand, and watch the salt spray dance in the wind. We can call in for a quick visit to Kilchoman Distillery, one of the world’s newest distilleries, before heading off to the round farm steadings and the ruins of Kilchiaran Chapel.
Homemade picnic tea and scones are provided for you whenever you wish during the morning’s excursions. We visit Coultoon Stone Circle then, make our way to An Tigh Seinnse in Portnahaven. We can lunch at the hotel whilst watching the seals basking on the rocks of the bay ~ and hear them sing.

We then leave ‘The Rhinns’ to drive back round Loch Indaal to Bowmore, where you can visit the famous Round Church at the top of Main Street ~ built this way so the devil has no corners in which to hide.
There maybe time for you to do a wee bit of souvenir shopping before we take you back to the ferry or plane, and wave you off after a very enjoyable time on Wild and Magic Islay.

Cost of Trip 

Included in the price:
3 nights in luxurious five star farmhouse accommodation or in less formal B&B accommodation in village
Breakfast for 3 mornings
Morning coffee and afternoon tea with scones or cakes for 4 days
Homemade Local Produce Picnic Lunch for one day
Entrance fee for Tour of Ardbeg Distillery
Entrance to The Finlaggan Trust Centre
Entrance donation to RSPB Reserve
Entrance to Museum of Islay Life
Sauna and Swim ticket at MacTaggart Leisure Centre
Donation to Round Church, Bowmore
All Guided Walks and Adventures detailed on Itinerary
All transportation required to achieve Itinerary
Full care and attention of Host/Guide for duration of your trip with Wild and Magic Islay

Price per person from £637 – £725 depending on your choice of accommodation

Dates this tour is available in 2014: March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June 6, 13, 20, 27 July 4, 11, 18, 25 Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sept  5, 12, 19, 26 Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 We will try to run this tour on other dates to suit you if you enquire.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

To make a booking, please contact Rachel at rachel@wildandmagicislay.com. we look forward to hearing from you or on Telephone number 01496 810940 / 077 602 40437      

 

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