Whisky Distillery Tours

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Islay is home to nine fantastic distilleries including Jura so if you are looking for things to do on Islay then this is a must see and do activity!  Tours take place daily and offer a rare insight into Islay whisky production and tasting. Kilchoman, Islay’s newest distillery, has a great gift shop and café making it the perfect lunch spot, just across the fields from your cottage.

Whisky Tours…

Bowmore Whisky Tours and Taxi Service offer bespoke whisky tours for individuals and small groups. To organise a tour you can call them on 01496 810 449. It is also possible to visit the south coast distilleries by boat. Islay Sea-Adventures (01496 300129) can organise these tours for you.

This tour starts on the south coast before heading north and east and ending at Kilchoman in the west:

As you approach Port Ellen, the Maltings and the reek of Peat will greet you. Just behind it is the now closed distillery of Port Ellen. Each year there is a widely anticipated release of another batch of remaining stock that is extremely sought after by whisky lovers worldwide. There is a walking path under construction linking the three south coast distilleries which will soon make tours much easier.

Laphroaig Distillery

Excellent visitor centre with regular tours, which are worth booking i
n advance.  Whilst visiting you can become “A Friend of Laphroaig” and place your flag on your own square foot of Islay before enjoying a complimentary dram. www.laphroaig.com  Call 01496 302418 for more information.

Lagavulin Distillery

Next along the road heading east from Port Ellen, tours by appointment only. It is in a wonderful setting with yachts often anchored in the bay and views over to Dunyvaig Castle.  The Warehouseman’s Tasting is particularly recommended. www.discovering-distilleries.com/lagavulin  Call 01496 302749 foA view of the Bowmore Distillery from the pier.r more information.

Ardbeg Distillery

Last in the line of the three good tours, this distillery has a very well stocked shop and an excellent café that is a popular choice for lunch. www.ardbeg.com   Call 01496 302244 for more information.

Bowmore Distillery

Bowmore Whisky Distillery was founded in 1779 and is the oldest of the Islands distilleries.   A minute’s walk from Bunnahbhain whisky distillery on Ilslayour Dundonald accommodation, it is well worth a visit. Details of tour times and what’s on can be found at www.bowmore.com   Call 01496 810441 for more information.

Caol Ila Distillery

Beautifully situated on the Sound of Islay with views to the Paps of Jura, this just up the coast from the ferry terminal at Port Askaig. Tours by appointment only so book ahead.

www.discovering-distilleries.com/caolila  Call 01496 302769 for more information.

Bunnahabhain DistilleryWhisky barrels with a view of Jura behind them

Probably the most remote of the island’s distilleries, Bunnahabhain is situated on the shore beside the Sound of Islay. Less peaty than other Islay malts, this as a unique flavour. Take the turning on the left before Caol Ila passing Persabus Pottery to find this distillery. However,  tours by appointment only so book ahead. www.bunnahabain.com Call 01496 840646 for more information.

Jura Distillery

Worth a visit even if simply for the ferry trip to Jura. The distillery is in Craighouse, the main village which is a fifteen-minute drive from the ferry.  www.jurawhisky.com Call  01496 820385 for more information.

Bruichladdich Distillery

This very active distillery has popular tours, on the road to Port Charlotte overlooking Lochindaal. A well-stocked shop with a varied choice of whisky means you can easily pick up souvenirs for loved ones. www.bruichladdich.com Call 01496 850190 for more information.

Two whisky glasses, a bottle of whisky and a whisky barrelKilchoman Distillery

Islay’s newest distillery and Scotland’s smallest, this makes a thoroughly interesting tour. Five minutes from Kilchoman House and Cottages, you could easily walk if required. Its café also makes it a perfect spot for lunch. www.kilchomandistillery.com   Call 01496 850011for more information.

Get in touch today…

So if you are looking for things to do in Islay and want to find out all about Islay whisky then you are now well equipped. To find out more about Islay whisky tours or if you want to know more about our Islay Cottages then get in touch with us today or call us on 01496 850 382. We look forward to hearing from you!

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