Whisky Galore - part 3

Nikki & Nick experience Islay’s wildlife and try out a few more drams…

In this, the final part of Nick & Nikki’s recent Islay experience, our touring hoteliers explore Islay’s wilder side and fit in a few more drams, of course! If you’re heading out to Islay’s Festival of Music & Malt (26 May to 3 June) have a fantastic time and look out for the distillery open days and whisky tasting events.

After visiting Kilchoman Distillery, we enjoyed a long walk on the stunning Machir Bay, bracing the elements (which Hamish our Westie loved!)

Deciding to take a break from whisky for the rest of the day we had just enough time to pop into the RSPB centre at Loch Gruinart. Many thanks to the very helpful volunteer worker from Kenya who showed us around the centre.

It was a lovely walk to the warm and well equipped RSPB hide and we saw some amazing birds, ducks and geese flying in including shell ducks, whooper swans, curlews and many others before the sun set. Back to the Port Charlotte Hotel, where we were very well looked after. We really enjoyed their cosy bar whose shelves really showcase Islay’s whiskies - we had a good bash at sampling them!

The following day, we went to the Ardbeg distillery which was also very interesting. Thank you so much to Dionne, who gave us a brilliant tour and once again we learned so much. 

It was lovely to sample the 3 Ardbeg whiskies on offer, including the Kelpie which is freshly released and only available for purchase at the distillery.This too, is now available at The Pierhouse!

Then sadly it was time to head back to Port Askaig for the ferry, but luckily there was just enough time to pop into the pub to sample a nip of the local Port Askaig whisky from Caol Isla! – thanks to Sarah who looked after us so well!                    

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