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islay distillery tourWe at Great Drams know that our readers would love to either visit or, for the lucky ones, return to Islay one day and to help you all we have uploaded a PDF of all the Islay distillery tour and tasting times for 2014 as well as noted the detail on this page. Content and leaflet obtained from the Islay Tourist Board here

Feel free to contact [email protected] should you have any questions about the tours as I have done a few and can advise on the best for value, time, experience etc. One piece of advice I urge you all to follow is to book your tours, be they ‘regular tours’ or the ‘high end’ tours ahead of arriving at the distillery as many to have maximum numbers per tour so we would not want you to be disappointed.

PDF download to print and distribute: 2014-islay-distilleries-tour-leaflet

ISLAY & JURA DISTILLERY TOUR TIMES 2014 

CAOL ILA DISTILLERY

1 November – 19 April
Tue – Sat: 10:00 – 16:00
Tours: Tue – Sat 10:30 & 13:30
Premium Tasting: Tue to Sat 11:30 & 14:30

20 April – 31 August
Mon – Sun: 09:00 – 17:00
Tours: 09:30, 11:30, 14:30 & 15:30
Premium Tasting: Daily 13:30
Whisky and Chocolate Pairing: Daily 11:30 (June – August only)

1 September – 31 October
Mon – Sat: 09:00 – 17:00
Tours: Mon – Sat 09:30, 11:30 & 15:30
Premium Tasting: Mon to Sat 10:30 and 13:30

To make a booking or for any further information please contact the distillery:
01496 302769
[email protected]
discovering-distilleries.com/caolila

JURA DISTILLERY

Visitor Centre Opening Times
1 April – 31 October
Mon – Sat: 9:30 – 16:30 Sunday: Closed
Distillery Tour Daily: 11:00, 14:00 £6
Jura Tasting Experience: Tue, Thur & Sat: 13:45 £25
Connoisseurs’ Tour: Mon, Wed & Fri: 10:00 £35
Warehouse Experience: Mon & Wed: 13:45 £20
Manager’s Private Tour: Details available on request

1 Nov – 31 March
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 14:00 Sat & Sun: Closed
One Free Return Passenger Ferry Ticket for all tours

To book please contact:
Tel: 01496 820 385
[email protected]
Tours may vary subject to weather or circumstance.
Visit jurawhisky.com for more information
jurawhisky.com

BUNNAHABHAIN DISTILLERY

April – September
Mon – Sat: 10:00 -17:00. Sun 11:00-16:00
Standard Tours: 10:00, 11:30, 14:00 & 15:45 £6 Conc. £5; 1hr Dram Tour: 10:00, 11:30, 14:00 & 15:45 £9 Conc. £7; 1hr
Tasting Tour: 10:00, 11:30 & 14:00. £20 Conc. £18; 80mins
Sunday Tours: 11:30, 14:00 available only
Sorry, no Sunday tours available October to March
Manager’s Tour (booking essential): Thursday 14:30; £40

All tours include £5 reward voucher redeemable on 70cl Single Malt in the distillery shop

From October to March, please contact the distillery for specific opening times ahead of your visit.
Children under 8 years of age are welcome, but are not permitted into production areas.

Tour & Shop Enquiries: 01496 840 646
[email protected]
bunnahabhain.com/the-distillery/distillery-tours

ARDBEG DISTILLERY VISITOR CENTRE & OLD KILN CAFE

Visitor Centre Opening Hours (all Year): Mon – Fri 09:30 – 17:00
Apr – Oct: Mon – Sat: 09:30 to 17:00
May, Jun, July, Aug, Sept: Open 7 days 09:30 to 17:00

Old Kiln Café Opening Hours as above but 10:00 to 16:30 (last orders 16:00)

Guided Tours & Tastings
All Year: Tour & Tasting 12:00 & 15:30 (1 hour) £5
Full Range Tour & Tasting: 10:30 (1.5 hours) £12
April to October: Across the Decades Tour & Tasting  14:00 Tue, Thu, Sat (2 hours) £35
Deconstructing the Dram (with Warehouse 3 tasting): 14:00 Mon, Wed, Fri (2 hours) £35

Mon & Fri ‘Bog Off’ Walks (Apr to Oct) all weather permitting
Walk to Airigh nam Beist – lunch, drams, peat, stories, craic and short tour. 11:00 Mon, Fri (3 hours) £35
Apr 23rd – Sept: Wild Walk to Loch Uigeadail – as above but much harder. 11:00 every alternate Wed (5-6 hours) £65

Tel: 01496 302244
Fax: 01496 302040
[email protected]
ardbeg.com

LAPHROAIG DISTILLERY

Visitor Centre Opening Hours
March – Dec: Open Mon-Sun. Jan – Feb: Open Mon-Fri
Mar – Oct: 09:45 to 17:00 Nov – Feb: 09:45 to 16:30

Distillery tours £6 inc tour glass
Mar-Oct: 10:30, 14:00, 15:30 Mon-Sun
May-Sept: Extra tour, 14:30 Mon-Fri
Nov-Dec: 10:00, 14:00 Mon-Sun
Jan-Feb 2015: 10:00, 14:00 Mon-Fri

Luxury Visit Program (participants must be aged 18 or over)

Flavour Tasting (does not include a tour) £14
Mar-Oct: 11:45 Mon-Sun Nov-Feb: 11:45 Mon-Fri

Premium Tasting (New) £25 (Includes four expressions, but does not include a tour)
Mar- Dec 2014: 15:15 Mon-Sun.
Jan-Feb 2015: 15:15 Mon-Fri

Distiller’s Wares
Mar-Dec 2014: 10:00 Mon-Sun.
Jan-Feb 2015: 10:00 Mon-Fri £52 (Includes glass & 250ml bottle of selected cask)

Water to Whisky Experience
Strictly limited to 8 participants.
Mar-Sep:12:00, Mon-Fri only £82
(Includes a picnic lunch, glass and 250ml bottle of selected cask. Please phone the Distillery to book in advance to avoid any disappointment)

Tel: 01496 302418
[email protected]
laphroaig.com

BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY

Shop opening hours 1 Apr – 30 Sept:
Mon – Fri: 09:00 -18:00 Sat 09:30-16:00
Apr – Aug only: Sun 12:30 -15:30

Tours: 1 April – 30 Sept
Mon-Fri 10:00. 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00
Sat 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00
Apr to Aug only: Sun 13:00, 14:00

Warehouse experience 1 Apr – 30 Sept
Mon-Fri 12:00, 15:00 Sat 12:00

Shop opening hours Oct
Mon-Fri 09:00 -17:00 Sat 10:00 -14:00

October Tours 
Mon – Fri 11:00, 14:00
Saturday 10:30, 11:30

October Warehouse experience
Tue & Thu 15:00

Shop hours
1 Nov -31 Mar: Mon-Fri 09:00 -17:00
Sat 10:00 -14:00

Tours
1st Nov -31 Mar: Mon – Fri 11:00, 14:00
Sat 11:00

Warehouse experience
1 Nov -31 Mar
Tue & Thu 15:00 Tour £5.00.

Warehouse Experience £25.00 Booking advisable

Shop enquiries: [email protected] 01496 850 190
General Enquiries: [email protected] 01496 850 221
bruichladdich.com

LAGAVULIN DISTILLERY

1 Nov – 28 Feb
Mon – Sat: 10:00 – 16:00
Tours: Mon – Sat:11:30 & 13:30
Warehouse: Mon – Fri: 10:30
Premium Tasting: Mon – Sat: 14:30 & Sat at 10:30

March
Mon – Sun: 10:00 – 16:00
Tours: Mon – Sun:11:30 & 13:30
Warehouse: Mon – Fri:10.30
Premium Tasting: Mon – Sat:14:30 plus Weekends 10:30

1 Apr – 31May
Mon – Sun: 09:00 – 17:00
Tours: 9:30,11:30 & 15:30
Warehouse: Mon – Fri at 10:30
Premium Tasting: Mon – Sat at 13:30. plus weekend:10:30

1 Jun – 30 Sept
Mon – Fri: 09:00 – 19:00, Sat/Sun: 09:00 – 17:00
Tours: Mon – Sun: 09:30, 11:30, 14:30, 15:30
Warehouse: Mon – Fri:10:30
Premium Tasting: Daily 13:30; plus Sat:10:30
Pre-Dinner Tasting: Mon – Fri 17:00
Malting to Maturation: Wed 09:30 – 12:30 (booking essential)

October
Mon – Sun: 9:00 – 17:00
Tours: Mon – Sun 9:30, 11:30 & 15: 30
Warehouse: Mon – Fri 10:30
Premium Tasting: Mon- Fri 13:30 plus Sat:10:30

To make a booking or for any further information please contact the distillery: 01496 302749
[email protected]
discovering-distilleries.com/lagavulin

BOWMORE DISTILLERY

April – September
Mon – Sat 09:00 – 17:00; Sun 12:00 – 16:00
Tours: 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 & 15:00; Sun: 13:00 & 14:00
Tasting Session; Mon – Fri; 12:15

October – March
Mon – Fri 09:00 – 17:00; Sat 09:00 – 12:30
Tours: 10:30 & 15:00; Sat 09:30 (Bookings only in Jan/Feb)
Tasting Session; Mon – Fri; 12:15

Tours – £6 per person;
Tasting Session – £18 per person
Private tours (subject to availability) – £10 per person

Craftsman’s Tours – £50 per person. Available Mon – Thu by prior appointment when distillery is in production

Master Distiller’s Tour – £225 (Includes walk to water source, peat cutting, distillery tour, two course whisky paired lunch and a visit to the Bowmore Vaults to fill your own bottle).
Max six people. Available Mon – Thu by prior appointment when distillery is in production.

Please call or email us for further information or to make bookings. Visitor Centre: 01496 810 441
[email protected]
bowmore.com

KILCHOMAN DISTILLERY VISITOR CENTRE & CAFÉ 

Nov – Mar
Open Mon to Fri 10:00 – 17:00
General Tour: 11:00 & 15:00 – £6 pp (Max 13 people)
Manager’s Tour: Mon:13:30 – £27 pp (Max 10 people)

Apr – Oct
Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 17:00
General Tour: 11:00 & 15:00 – £6 per person (Max 13 people)
Manager’s Tour: Mon: 13:30 – £27 per person (Max 10 people)

Booking is advisable for all tours. 

Groups of eight or more, please contact the distillery for prices on tours combined with lunch in our café.

Tutored Tastings – £5 Tastings are subject to availability throughout the day, for more information please contact:
01496 850011 or [email protected]
kilchomandistillery.com

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