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South Whisky Island Hopping Adventure

South Island Hopping Day Adventure

A Scottish Island Whisky Adventure

For whisky enthusiasts, there's no better way to experience the skill, craftsmanship and dedication that go into making our most famous export, than a Whisky Island Hopping itinerary. Most of the distilleries offer tours where you can learn more about the whisky making process and then enjoy a wee dram afterwards. 

Choose from three great distillery trails and make your reservation to allow you to island hop from one distillery to the next. 

How to book 

Booking your whisky island-hopping trip in one transaction  

If you are planning an island-hopping trip and you would like to book multiple routes on one transaction - please speak with one of our team at our Customer Contact Centre or with our Port Staff. 

We're currently not able to offer online reservations for multiple journey tickets in one transaction, but these can be booked over the telephone or with our Ports where one of our team will be happy to assist you to arrange your trip.   

Booking your whisky island-hopping trip in more than one transaction

If you are happy to make your island-hopping reservations by purchasing multiple journey tickets on separate transactions, then this can be done online.  

(*Hopscotch tickets no longer exist, however, their prices were calculated by simply adding the cost of a single journey on each leg of the itinerary. Customers who choose to book an island hopping trip via one transaction, or more than one transaction will pay the same price).  

Suggested route

Jump aboard on this South Whisky Island Hopping Adventure, bound for Islay - the Queen of the Hebrides. Create your own Island Hopping itinerary, and work up a thirst for the water of life, by taking the ferry to Arran, before travelling to Kintyre, and then Islay.

We suggest you can travel in either direction, between: 

  • Ardrossan - Brodick (Arran)

  • Lochranza (Arran) - Claonaig (Kintyre) or Tarbert (Kintyre) between 25 October 2021 and 25 March 2022 

  • Kennacraig (Kintyre) - Port Ellen or Port Askaig (Islay)

  • Port Ellen or Port Askaig (Islay) - Kennacraig (Kintyre)

The Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde boasts its own distillery at Lochranza, at the northern tip of the Island. Over on the Kintyre peninsula, Campbeltown was once a whisky smuggling centre. Now it's home to Springbank, the oldest independent, family-owned distillery in the country. From there, the next stop is Islay - also known as the Whisky Isle, which this year will boast no fewer than nine working distilleries.

Top Tips

  • We strongly advise all passengers to book ahead, even if you're a foot passenger.

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Pop in to or call, the following locations:

Call our team at our Customer Contact Centre

Tel:  0800 066 5000  (or +44 01475 650 397 for our International customers)

Kennacraig Port Office

The Ferry Terminal,
By Tarbert,
PA29 6YF

Tel:  +44 (0)1880 280281

Ardrossan Port Office

The Ferry Terminal,
KA22 8ED

Tel:  +44 (0)1294 443130

Dates and times

All year round


Summer - From £25.00 per adult, £12.50 per child (aged 5-15 years) and £120.70 per car - length restrictions apply.

Winter - From £TBC per adult, £TBC per child (aged 5-15 years) and £TBC per car - length restrictions apply.

Charges apply to all vehicles. Bicycles are free. All cyclists especially groups, are advised to either contact the port of departure, or call us direct on  0800 066 5000 or  +44 1475 650397 (for international customers) before the day of travel to check availability of bicycle space.

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