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Welcome to Backstage Islay 2016. Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime…

It cannot be emphasised enough what a life-changing and incredible journey of discovery this is.

So what’s on the cards?

Trips to distilleries, warehouses, casks, beautiful scenery, amazing food, (sensational
seafood – the most amazing we’ve ever tasted) Whisky, more whisky and for good measure, some more whisky!

The main point of difference between you going on your own or with another group is that we get the back-stage treatment. Due to the fact we have been going to Islay for years and have developed relations with the distillers, we tend to get the best of everything – personnel, tours and tastings!

Included in the price

  • Accommodation at the epic Finlaggan House
  • Tours and Tastings at distilleries that only we can access
  • Home-cooked breakfast and dinner each morning/evening of your stay
  • The mighty seafood and whisky bonanza, 1st night
  • Travel around the island with the TWL team
  • Wine and beer at the house (within reason)
  • The mighty dramming table (a collection of whiskies in the house that we all contribute towards for everyone to enjoy)
  • Evening tastings at Finlaggan
  • Peat-cutting and other such activities (weather dependent)
  • Visits to spectacular areas of beauty
  • Nature walks

Not included in the price

  • Admission charges for tours  (unless otherwise stated)
  • Lunches, snack or any other items of a personal nature
  • Travel to and from Islay. (We can help and advise on the best way for you to get to the island)

Not just whisky!

Whisky aside for one minute, Islay is an island steeped in history and is home to a vast number of amazing creatures. Golden eagles, otters, seals, even a dolphin or two have all been spotted on our trips to Islay. Not to mention the hundreds of different birds that call Islay home. We’re also lucky enough to have a site of great historical importance just a stones throw from Finlaggan House, the ancient seat of The Lord of the Isles. From this small island in Loch Finlaggan numerous leaders once governed much of the west cost of Scotland.


Don’t take our word for it, here are some lovely words from previous participants who joined us for one our backstage Islay trips. You can also check out Joe’s reports from 2015 here and a couple of lovely (and totally un-biased) write-ups from, Kristiane here and Edwin here. That’s some strong testimony right there….

“I visited Islay with The Whisky Lounge in 2013. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and the island is as wonderful as the welcome. Oh, and there’s all those distilleries, Heaven.

Eddie and his crew worked their backsides off to ensure everyone had a great time. Rest assured, if you go, you will not be disappointed.”

Stephen Ackers, 2013

“I would whole-heartedly recommend a Whisky Lounge Islay Experience to anyone with a passion for whisky and whisky people. Honestly, the only bad point I can think of is that they make you go home at the end.”

Ben Sherry, 2013

“It’s not possible for me to praise Eddie, Joe, Jonny and the team enough, their enthusiasm, and knowledge of all things whisky in general. Coupled with their close relations with the distilleries themselves, literally made my year. Twice.”

Lee Connor, 2013 & 2014 (Lee now works for us running tastings in Newcastle!)

There are a maximum of 10 places in the two time slots.

The first is from Saturday 1st until Tuesday 4th October, with the second from Wednesday 5th until Saturday 8th October. You can even choose to come for the whole week if you’re feeling flush and have the time to spare! One thing is for sure though, if you do decide to book, it doesn’t matter which you choose as you will be in for the whisky experience of a lifetime.

We will release an itinerary of planned activities a little closer to the time.

As Islay is at the mercy of the Atlantic Sea, weather can have an impact on activities for examples hikes. But we’ll keep you all updated on activities and otherwise in the months/weeks building up to the trip.

Please feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions about the trip or any of the above.


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