Islay Whisky Academy Education (Educational institution)

Islay Whisky Academy 17, Broom Hill, Bowmore PA43 7HX, United Kingdom

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Oren Sieff

I've wanted to visit Islay for a long time. After searching for whisky tour companies that would accommodate off-season tours we decided to go with Wild and Magic Islay for a customized tour. Rachel put together a wonderful 3-day itinerary that showed us not only all the whisky distilleries, but the beautiful historical landmarks and rich culture Islay has to offer. She took care of us the entire trip and really made our experience here one that we'll never forget. Many thanks! Oren and Erica

Kieran O'Donoghue

We had the most wonderful time on Islay with both Rachel and Callum. Rachel organised a bespoke tour for us, a mixture of nature, history, our favourite distilleries (and introduced some new favourites). We tried whiskeys that are not available in Australia and discovered many new flavours. What a dilemma - we no longer know what our favourite whiskey is! As a local Rachel is a wonderful host, full of knowledge, character and good conversation - I loved our chats about books. I recommend Wild and Magic Islay Whiskey Tours to everyone! You will be made to feel at home, which adds a whole dimension to the experience. Our trip would not have been the same without Rachel and Callum.

Jennifer Moen

Rachel was such a kind, fun and attentive guide. She designed a personalized guided tour for me and my father and we got to explore all the wonderful things Islay has to offer, from the history to the beautiful nature to of course the incredible whisky. She really knows her stuff when it comes to whisky so any scotch enthusiast wanting to visit the island would be delighted to spend time with her. Her passion for Islay and its land and people was so contagious that we couldn't help but fall in love with it ourselves. This will not be my last trip to the island and I will absolutely be using Wild and Magic Islay Whisky Tours when I come back!

M Grant

This review is long overdue. The short version is that Rachel is so lovely and amazing to work with that we would not recommend looking any further, no matter what you need she can make it happen!! The longer version: We found Rachel when researching whisky tour possibilities. When we decided that we wanted to elope we weren't sure how things would turn out, coordinating from across the Atlantic. Things couldn't have gone better!! When we first reached out to Rachel she was prompt and pleasant to communicate with. She responded to all of our questions with thoughtful and helpful answers. At first she let us know that she wasn't sure about putting together a wedding but after we described what we were looking for she told us not to worry! We fell in love with her sense of connecting to the natural world and her seriousness about environmental responsibility. She put together a truly one of a kind itinerary for us that we will remember forever. She included locals at every step of the way and we seriously could not have been happier with how things turned out. She even kept it off of social media until afterwards which was no small matter :) even behind the scenes, everything from the planning to finding time to talk on the phone to payment was easy and stress free. The wedding day was perfect, the details were all worked out with backup plans that we didn't need. The spot down the Oa where we had the ceremony was absolutely stunning! Everything about our blessing was so special and lovely. She made sure there were little things that were so special like having our wonderful piper Neil play a circle of sound around our little plateau. The flowers were mostly local and Anne was a perfect match for putting them together. The bouquet and buttonhole were absolutely stunning! Everything had a part of Islay in it and we couldn't have asked for better. Margaret Anne and Nikki were excellent helpers and Nikki was our impromptu makeup artist. Lorraine did a lovely job with the hair- it was beautiful and didn't blow around hardly at all! Rhianna was a fantastic photographer and Ben did a lovely job editing the photos. Some of the above will get their own reviews but most of them do these things as a side job and it couldn't have been more perfect! In addition to the wedding, Rachel helped arrange travel from Glasgow to Islay with a very nice gentleman (David?). He was the consummate professional driver with a lot to say about many different topics. Rachel picked us up from the ferry and poured us our first Islay dram on Islay soil. She put together an "exploring day" for the day after the ceremony where we went around the island and saw almost everything that didn't revolve around whisky. We went bird watching at Gruinart and had oysters and a picnic at Machir Bay. We saw some very stubborn cows and local art. We had a very special stop at the Altoon sun circle since standing stones were high on our list of things to see. All along the way we had lovely conversations about everything local and Rachel's experiences. She is the perfect hostess! Rachel also out together a three day whirlwind whisky tour where we saw every distillery plus Jura! When we didn't have Rachel as a driver we had Charlie who was so much fun to be around. Rachel seemed to cultivate the perfect mix of distilleries and types of tours to form the perfect look at the different distilleries. Some places had a full tour, some a warehouse tasting (the best way to taste whisky in our humble opinions), and even a semi-private tabletop tasting at Ardbeg over lunch! Everywhere we went, Rachel knew each person we were meeting so we were always warmly welcomed and well taken care of. This wasn't difficult since it seems that everyone on Islay are good, kind people who want to see you enjoy their lovely island. We were sad to leave after our week in paradise but we can't wait to go back! We would enthusiastically and wholeheartedly recommend Rachel to anyone who wants to visit Islay for any reason!

Sean Munro

Rachel and Calum from Wild and Magic made our first-ever pilgrimage to Islay absolutely perfect. They are incredibly knowledgeable, an absolute delight to spend time with, and most gracious hosts. Such an amazing experience, can't wait to go back, and do at all again with them.

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