I am trying to navigate my way through the planning of a whirlwind distillery tour of Islay. For those unfamiliar, Islay is one of the Southwestern islands of Scotland, both famous and infamous for producing those big smoky peat monsters I hold so dear.
The island is home to eight distilleries, many of which I consider some of my absolute favorites. These distilleries – Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore, Bruichladdich and Kilchoman – open their doors for tours, sales and of course sharing a dram or two.
In theory, this trip is planned for the back end of September, so I will start a running commentary on this whole excursion shortly. I am open to traveling companions, gents, if you can extricate yourselves from the grind for a week. Any thoughts, suggestions, comments are welcome.
I wish we were all going…Sigh.
I should add…this trip is getting cheaper and cheaper. The Pound is low right now; return airfare to Glasgow under $900; hostel (very well-reviewed) at under 15 Pounds a night. This could be a very affordable getaway.
More details as things unfold…