“Extremely unget-at-able” were George Orwell’s words on describing how to reach Islay and Jura. The islands are as awkward to reach today as they where in 1946, However we can gladly help you finish your journey using our boat as a passenger ferry from Portrush to Port Ellen / Craighouse.
A typical day trip would leave Portrush early morning 07:00 outbound for Port Ellen and returning to Portrush that evening 21:00. taxi transfer from the boat to Ardbeg or Laproaig Distilleries. Dinner in Islay hotel then boat home. specialist tastings can be pre arranged with both distilleries. typcial price is £5 per person taxi plus £20 tour and tasting. For details please contact us to discuss your requirements.
2017 Charter of the boat on a day return Sailing is £960.00, this allows 12 passengers plus luggage (£80 per person return based on full boat!).
Click here to book a trip – or contact Skipper Richard Connor 07712115751
Islay Distilleries you could visit:
The southern distilleries these are closest to the boat- Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Port Ellen (the latter was closed in 1983) - are the most powerful, producing medium-bodied whiskies, saturated with peat-smoke, brine and iodine. Not only do these distilleries use heavily peated malt (54 ppm at Ardbeg, 40 ppm at Laphroaig), they use the island's brown water for every stage of production - until they were closed in the early 1980s, Ardbeg had its own floor maltings and used to steep the barley in the same water.
The northern Islay distilleries -
Bruichladdich (the 'ch' is silent) and Bunnahabhain ('Boona-hah-ven') are, by contrast, much milder. These draw their water direct from the spring, before it has had contact with peat, and use lightly or un-peated barley. The resulting whiskies are lighter flavoured, mossy (rather than peaty), with some seaweed, some nuts, but still the dry finish.
Bowmore Distillery, in the middle of the island on the shore of Loch Indaal, stands between the two extremes - peaty but not medicinal, with some toffee, some floral scents, and traces of linseed oil. Caol Ila ('Cal-eela'), although close to Bunnahabhain, produces a delicate, greenish malt, with some peat/iodine/salt balanced by floral notes and a peppery finish.
Kilchoman: A Farm Distillery
Kilchoman (pronounced kilhoman) is a Farm Distillery and the first to be built on Islay for 124 years. It is the 8th distillery on the Island and opened in 2004. The whole production process is done on Islay including growing their own Barley on the Island. The location of the distillery is near Loch Gorm and only 500 metres (as the crow flies) from Machir bay on the Atlantic Ocean. The perfect ingredients for another great Islay Malt.