Bunnahabhain unveils day trip experience to Islay Festival

Whisky fans are being offered a unique chance to soak up the atmosphere at one of the world’s top whisky festivals, thanks to Bunnahabhain’s new Daytripper experience, which will take place on Friday 27th May 2016.

Published 14th Mar 2016
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The Islay based whisky brand has unveiled a special one-day trip, taking visitors directly from Glasgow to its distillery in the north of the island and back the same day, during the annual Feis Ile – The Islay Festival of Music and Malt.


Thought to be the first trip of its kind run by a distillery, the Bunnahabhain Daytripper will collect malt-lovers from Glasgow city centre, before delivering them via ferry to the magical Island of Islay, for the festival, plus exclusive tasting events with Bunnahabhain’s Distillery Manager.

Daytrippers will enjoy a spectacular coach journey savouring the stunning West coast scenery before stepping aboard HMS Bunnahabhain. In order to ensure the Daytrippers are fuelled up for this jam-packed outing, a full Scottish breakfast including Bunnahabhain black pudding will be served on the crossing to Islay.

Bunnahabhain ambassadors will then accompany the Daytrippers to the distillery where they can experience a selection of ‘dramming’ sessions, a private tour of the distillery and the opportunity to sample two limited edition malts created especially for the festival, and only available from the distillery:

Moine Pedro Ximenez 12-Year-Old

Moine means ‘peat’ in Scots Gaelic, back in 2004 this spirit was first put into casks and left to sleep in the sea facing warehouse on the shore for nine years. It was then carefully filled into Pedro Ximenez casks and returned to the warehouse for another three years to take on the wood and sherry influences. This has resulted in a rich and complex single malt that delivers a wonderful combination of intense peat and sherry sweetness. RRP £95

Amontillado 16-Year-Old

A rare limited edition single malt Bunnahabhain has been crafted for Feis Ile 2016. Originally the single malt started off in bourbon casks where it was left to mature for 10 years, at this point the liquid was then transferred to specially selected Amontillado casks and returned to sleep for a further six years. The result is a gloriously distinct creamy Bunnahabhain married with sweet sherry. RRP £250

Daytrippers will depart Port Ellen early evening to complete the return journey to Glasgow. A hearty meal will be served aboard HMS Bunnahbhain, and for those Daytrippers still going strong back in the city a farewell dram has been arranged.

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Bunnahabhain Distillery Manager, Andrew Brown said: “Islay Festival is world renowned as a haven for whisky lovers and tickets sell out almost immediately. Our Daytripper package aims to bring new and regular festival goers across for a fun filled experience, that will offer them an insight into some of the magnificent malts available at our distillery and across the island.”

• The Bunnahabhain Daytripper experience costs £95 per person, to find out more about the package and to book, please visit www.bunnahabhain.com/shop/tickets

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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