That’s the spirit! Distillery Opening Times

Our distilleries are a great tourist attraction all year round, with tours, talks and tastings as well as visitor centres, shops, bars and restaurants.

Here’s a list of the opening hours, contacts and main facilities for the islands whisky, gin and rum producers.

Ardnahoe  –  Summer Visitor centre opening hours are from 9.30am to 4.30pm, five days a week – Tuesday to Saturday. For tours please book with the distillery. Tours run daily at 10.30 am and 1.30pm. More information: Visit the website on www.ardnahoedistillery.com. To contact the visitor centre call 01496 840777.

Ardbeg –  Ardbeg Distillery Visitor Centre and shop is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm up to the end of April 2024.

EASTER weekend: On Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st it will also be open.

From May to October 2024 it will be open seven days a week from 9.30am to 5.30pm

(note the distillery will completely close on Sunday June 2 and Thursday August 8. And that there are no tours available between June 17 and July 8 as production ceases for essential maintenance to take place)

Classic tours, pop up tasting flights and great merchandise. 

Choose from a wide range of experiences –there’s something for everyone – classic production tours, Rocktails, DIY tastings, the Quintissential Ardbeg tour, Stillhouse and Warehouse 3 tasting, AN OA, AN OA, AN OA, and the Wednesday Whisky Walkabout (Wednesday’s only!)

https://www.ardbeg.com/en-int/visitus.html

The Old Kiln Café at Ardbeg is open indoors in winter and spring with morning coffees and cakes from 10 to 12 and great home-cooked lunches from 1200 to 1530. In Summer food  and drink, lunches, lightbites and snacks are available at the Ardstream trailer in the courtyard.

For more information contact the distillery on distillery@ardbeg.com or call 01496 302244 for any further information.

Bruichladdich –  The Laddie shop and visitor centre is open seven days a week from from 10:00 – 17:30 (last tastings 17:00) from April 1 – October 31, 2024

Distillery tours & tastings can be booked online at https://www.bruichladdich.com/pages/tours and gin experiences on https://www.thebotanist.com/pages/tour-booking

For more details go to the website here Distillery Tours – Bruichladdich Distillery. For further information call 01496 850190

Bowmore –  The distillery is open to visitors from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. To check availability and book an experience, please visit https://www.bowmore.com/experiences or alternatively call  01496 810441.

Bunnahabhain  – Visitor Centre’s opening hours are 10am until 5pm seven days a week.  

Warehouse 9 tasting experiences available at 11:30 and 2:30 and visitor centre drams at 10:30 and 2pm.Call 01496 840557 for details and to book.  Find and book your tasting experience at https://bunnahabhain.digitickets.co.uk/tickets.

Any questions or to arrange a tasting for a group or club, contact the team on info@bunnahabhain.com 

Caol Ila – The Visitor Centre is open Monday-Saturday 10am until 5pm through to the end of February. (from March, it will reopen on Sundays as well.)

The bar is open from 10am serving a range of drams, cocktails, flights and food platters with last orders at 4:15pm. A selection of tours and tastings run daily and these can be booked online at www.malts.com.  Contact number is 01496 302769.

Deer Island Rum – Rum distillery in Craighouse, Jura. This April it will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Noon to 3pm. From May to September open hours will be Monday and Tuesday Noon to 3pm; Wednesday 11.30am to 3.30pm; Thursday Noon – 3pm; Friday and Saturday 11.30 to 3.30pm. For more information visit the website here Scottish Spiced Rum – Deer-Island (deerisland.co.uk)

Note March opening hours are as follows: 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 29th. 11am til 3.30pm, and 30th 11am til 2pm

Islay Rum can be found in the former lemonade factory in Port Ellen close to the new Port Ellen distillery – call in to speak to the makers or to make a purchase.

Kilchoman – The Visitor Centre, Shop & Café is open seven days a week. Vistior centre is open 9.45am to 5pm where you can shop, enjoy the whisky bar or book tours and tastings. The café is open for lunches between noon and 15.30pm (booking essential) A selection of teas, barista-style coffee and homebaking is served from 10am to 16.30pm. Distillery Classic tours are available throughout the day and Limited Edition tour takes place at 11am please check the website for full details and to book.  Website: www.kilchomandistillery.com Email: tours@kilchomandistillery.com Telephone: 01496 850 011

Photo: credit John Mason

Jura – Shop and visitor centre open from 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday. Please book ahead for tours by calling 01496 820 385 for further details or email us at tours@jurawhisky.com

Laphroaig Open seven days from 9.45 to. Visit the museum, shop and lounge bar (open 10am to 4pm with last orders 15.45pm) You can also book for one of several tours and tasting experiences. See more here Book a Distillery Tour – Official Laphroaig Whisky Site – Laphroaig Please call to book ahead on 01496 302418 or email tourbookings@laphroaig.com. www.laphroaig.com .

Lagavulin – Open seven days a week from Easter throughout the summer 10am to 5pm. To book a tour visit Single Malt Scotch Whisky | Whisky Brands | Malts

A variety of experiences can be booked via website www.Malts.com   and the Maltmill Bar is open daily.  For all other enquiries please telephone 01496 302749.

Lussa Gin, Jura – Monday to Friday from 11am until 4.30pm. Tours are bookable online at www.lussagin.com. Tel 01496 820196). Visit www.lussagin.com

Islay Gin – Usual opening hours are 11am-4pm, Tuesday – Saturday, at the shop at Islay House Square, Bridgend, for tastings, purchases and meet the makers. Telephone 01496 810111.