The Water of Life Film

The Water of Life is a fantastic documentary that focuses on the people who turned the stagnant whisky industry of the 1980’s into the force that we see today around the world. Greg Swartz, the Director of The Water of Life, joins Rascal + Thorn to collaborate on an unforgettable experience on Islay to revisit some of the key places and experiences from the movie.

As we journey with Greg around Glasgow and Islay, we will see the whisky industry through the lens of a Director. We are super excited to partner with Greg on this journey to Islay and on the many more trips to come.

Distillery Visits

This week-long tour is filled with special distillery visits and experiences! We start in Glasgow with the famous whisky bars and the Glasgow Distillery. Next we travel to Islay for unforgettable visits to Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Ardnahoe and all of the other classic Islay producers. Special tastings and discussions with some of the key craftsmen that will truly bring you back to The Water of Life special moments.

We base ourselves in Bowmore for the 5 nights on Islay.

Scottish Dining

The cuisine in Scotland is fabulous. And it’s a Rascal + Thorn Tour, so we will find the best local produce to pair with some of the best whisky in the world!

From special dining in Glasgow to curated experiences on Islay, we will treat you to a fantastic week of fresh and local food. We are very excited to make this both a whisky and food inclusive experience.



  • Bruichladdich
  • Kilchoman
  • Ardnahoe
  • Glasgow Distillery
  • Bowmore
  • Lagavulin
  • Bunnahabhain
  • and others


  • Bon Accord Tasting
  • Pot Still Tasting
  • Special Distillery Experiences
  • Boat Tour with Food & Whisky Pairing
  • Barley Farm visits and lunch
  • Curated Scottish Dining
  • Many other special visits

Saturday, June 10 – Arrive to Glasgow for a 1-night stay. Welcome group dinner and whisky tasting.
Sunday, June 11 – Travel to Islay and get settled in Bowmore for 5 nights.
Monday to Friday, June 12 to 16 – Islay Visits and Experiences
Friday, June 16 – Travel to Inverary for one night
Saturday, June 17 – Back to Glasgow for our final day of Distillery and Dining experiences.
Sunday, June 18 – Departure from Scotland.

  • 8-night stay in select hotels throughout Scotland
  • Transportation within Scotland via plane, ferry and bus
  • Distillery Tours and Tastings
  • Breakfast (8), Lunches (7) and Dinners (6)
  • Historical & Cultural sights
  • All taxes
  • All tips
Not Included
  • Transportation to or from Scotland before/after tour
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks during included meals, unless noted
  • Travel Insurance

We select the best hotels for the group throughout Scotland with walking access to restaurants and local attractions.

$5695.00 per person (double occupancy), Single Supplement $1000


A deposit of $1695.00 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

Single Supplement is available.  The single supplement cost is an additional $1000.

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour.

Please contact us for a Reservation Form.

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