Answering the great “why whisky” question

2015-04-19

Know your Gin Geography : 4 capitals, 4 gins !

2015-04-21

West Coast Cruises : let whisky float your boat !

2015-04-20

The West Coast of Scotland definitely stands out at one my favourite regions in the world, not only offering sumptuous views, historical wonders and natural beauties but also allowing you to experience unique tasty cruises following special whisky-themed itineraries !

Discovering whisky-producing islands of Scotland across the water – sometimes with lectures & tastings directly organised aboard your boat – is a truly one-of-a-kind adventure not to be missed if the opportunity arises !  This being said, where can you book your marine escape ? I selected 3 different whisky cruises for your information and enjoyment (As usual, click on titles for direct links to website).

1. The Malt Whisky Island Cruise – Hebrides Cruises

 

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“The islands of Mull, Islay and Jura make up what is arguably the best malt whisky region in Scotland, if not the world. Take a cruise through these Scottish west coast islands visiting fine malt whisky distilleries with the option to drop anchor at the harbours of Lagavulin, Talisker, Jura and Tobermory, to name but a few.

Along the way we have time to explore the famous islands that make up the island malt whisky region of Scotland and sample the fine foods they produce, including hand-dived Lagavulin scallops, oysters from Colonsay, Glengorn highland beef from Mull, and freshly caught prawns landed by local fishermen. These islands also have a fascinating history and heritage.  The opportunity to visit fascinating archaeological remains is on offer throughout the cruise.

The Malt Whisky Island cruise offers the finest opportunity to experience the island malt whiskies as well as the local Argyll and Hebrides produce and soak in the ancient heritage of these islands of the Hebrides.”

Prices on request

2. Whisky and Sailing Cruise Tour of West Scotland – Goscotlandtours

“We offer you this special whisky trip by sailing boat The Flying Dutchman to the Inner Hebrides. A journey to an area of Scotland with many islands, offering some of the best distilleries in the country. The whiskies are as different as the islands, each with their own special beauty, taste and character. We will take you to these islands and doors will open that are normally closed to the general public! On the islands you will enjoy Scotland’s whisky, hospitality and spectacular landscapes! The flora and fauna are very diverse. You may encounter all kinds of plants and wildlife such as red deer, rare birds of prey, seals, dolphins, basking sharks, elusive otters and even whales!”

Departures:
June 6 to 13, 2015
June 13 to 20, 2015
September 6 to 13, 2015
Prices Per Person (including accommodation)
Double Cabin Price £ 985 (GBP)
Single use Cabin Price £ 1,235 (GBP)

3. Shadows of St Kilda – National Trust for Scotland’s Cultural Cruises

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“The National Trust for Scotland is offering what could be the perfect cruise for whisky fans this “whisky month” of May,  as a whisky cruise sets sail in Scotland as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. 

From 14 – 21 May, the Trust sets sail on the latest of its popular ‘cultural cruising’ voyages. The delightful Pearl II cruise ship is the vessel for this week, featuring the best of Scottish scenery, music and, of course, food. The ship’s excellent chefs prepare delicious high-quality cuisine, often using local ingredients sourced at the varied ports of call

To coincide with Whisky Month, this bespoke voyage offers the chance to visit Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye which produces the much-celebrated peaty malt, Oban where the town grew up around the distillery and the brand new Isle of Harris Distillery in Tarbert.  Excursions on offer at various ports will include calls at local eateries to sample home cooking made from local produce.

The itinerary includes calls at Oban, St Kilda, Harris and Skye, starting and finishing from Greenock. On board breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and a late night buffet are included daily.” (Tripreporter.co.uk)

Prices

Standard inside single cabins
from £1,800 to £2,050

Standard inside twin or double cabins
from £1,500 to £1,800 per person

Standard outside single cabins
from £2,350 to £2,700

Standard outside twin or double cabins
from £2,050 to £2,300 per person

Superior single cabins and suites
from £3,050 to £3,600

Superior twin or double cabins and suites
from £2,550 to £3,900 per person