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Issue 134 - Welcome Onboard

Whisky Magazine Issue 134
March 2016


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Welcome Onboard

The West Coast Whisky Pass with CalMac

Whisky lovers planning to visit three of Scotland's main whisky producing areas – Campbeltown, Islay and the Highlands – now have a new resource at their fingertips. West coast based ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (also known as CalMac) has introduced the new £25 West Coast Whisky Pass. It entitles the holder to a range of discounts, promotions and added value offers at many island and mainland distilleries, bars, golf courses and specialist whisky tour operators.

Talisker, Ardbeg, Oban, Tobermory, Deanston, Springbank and Bruichladdich are among the best known names participating in the new scheme. More recently opened distilleries such as Ardnamurchan and the Isle of Harris Distillery, which only opened last October, have also signed up to the scheme.

Introduced in November last year, the West Coast Whisky Pass can be bought at CalMac's own tour shops at Fort William and Oban, onboard selected ships and port offices on the whisky routes (email or freephone +44 (0) 800 066 5000) or via selected partners.

The pass is valid throughout the year until 30 September 2016 and may be used multiple times at participating partners. It doesn't include ferry travel, however. Although CalMac aims to promote travel onboard its ferries with the Pass, it can be purchased as a standalone product.

CalMac is the UK's largest ferry operator in terms of number of routes and the size of its fleet, and was awarded Best Ferry Operator in The Independent newsp...

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