Bowmore Distillery is one of few in Scotland that continues to malt some of their barley on-site. A visit to Bowmore Distillery is an excellent opportunity to witness malt floors in action, and if you’re lucky, you might even get to see inside the kiln!
Opened in 2005, Kilchoman Distillery was the first distillery to be built on Islay since Bunnahabhain in 1883. A visit to Kilchoman Distillery provides an excellent opportunity to visit one of the few Farm Distilleries in Scotland and the only one on Islay.
Caol Ila Distillery is the largest producer of whisky on Islay. Located on the Sound of Islay (“Caol Ila” is Gaelic for “Sound of Islay”), Caol Ila Distillery is a short drive or leisurely walk from Port Askaig, and the magnificent view of the Jura Paps from the still house is hard to beat.
Ardbeg Distillery is a small but mighty institution on the south-east coastline of the Isle of Islay, Scotland. Silent for most of the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg has risen phoenix-like from the ashes, to become one of the most popular heavily-peated single malt whisky distilleries in the world.
Laphroaig Distillery is one of few distilleries in Scotland who still malt some of their barley on site, and even rarer again, they continue to hand cut their own peat. You can even have a go of cutting the peat yourself, plus see the malting process in action, on one of their tours. Laphroaig Distillery is well worth a tour if you’re visiting Islay.