Islay may be a little off the beaten track, but it's well worth a visit.
With its breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife, welcoming locals (known as Ileachs) and no fewer than eight distilleries, Islay is a place unlike any other and a mecca for whisky lovers.
Bowmore itself is home to almost one third of the island's population. Besides the distillery, it's known for its whitewashed houses, tiny, stone-built harbour and pier, and the iconic Bowmore Round Church, which sits at the top of Main Street, commanding impressive views over the village, Loch Indaal and beyond.
Visitor Centre Opening
October 2015 to March 2016
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm; Tours 10.30am and 3pm
Sat 9am - 12.30pm; Tour 09.30am (Open for bookings only in Jan/Feb)
Bowmore Tasting Session; Mon - Fri; 12.15pm
April 2016 to September 2016
Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 17:00
Tours 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 14:30 & 15:30
Sunday 12:00 – 16:00.
Tours 12:30 & 14:00
Bowmore Tasting Session; Monday – Friday 13:30
October 2016 to March 2017
Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00
Tours 10:30 & 15:00
Saturday 09:00 – 12:30
Tour 09:30 (Open for bookings only in Jan/Feb)
Bowmore Tasting Session Monday to Friday 13:30
Tours – £7 per person
This one hour tour allows you to see all production areas in the distillery and finishes in the bar with a dram of Bowmore and a complimentary Bowmore glass.
Bowmore Tasting Session – £20 per person
Our tasting session allows you to sample four Bowmore expressions led by a member of our team explaining the different maturations and flavours.
Craftsman’s Tours – £55 per person
Our Craftsman’s Tour is designed for the true Single Malt enthusiast. This journey of discovery includes an in-depth tour and also a visit to the inner sanctum - Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults. Includes a complimentary glass and lanyard. Available by prior appointment from Monday to Thursday when the distillery is in production.
Master Distiller’s Tour – £225 per person
Spend a day discovering Bowmore's hidden depths. This experience includes a walk to water source, peat cutting, in-depth distillery tour, two course whisky-paired lunch and a visit to the Bowmore Vaults to fill your very own bottle. A maximum of six people and available by prior appointment from Monday to Thursday when the distillery is in production.
Please call or email us for further information or to make bookings Visitor Centre Tel: +44 (0)1496 810 441 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Islay may be a little off the beaten track for most, but that's part of its unique appeal. Follow the directions below to our island home.
From Glasgow, follow signs for Loch Lomond, A82. Glasgow to Tarbet, Loch Lomond A82 approx. 35 miles, Tarbet to Inveraray Loch Fyne A83 approx. 22 miles, Inveraray to Lochgilphead A83 approx. 23 miles, Lochgilphead to Tarbert Loch Fyne A83 approx. 13 miles, Tarbert to Kennacraig West Loch Tarbert approx. 6 miles.
Caledonian MacBrayne operates a two-hour ferry crossing from Kennacraig on the Kintyre Peninsula to Islay. For further information, visit www.calmac.co.uk or call +44 (0)1880 730 253+44 (0)1880 730 253.
Flybe operates a 35 minute scheduled flight twice daily, Monday to Friday and once on a Saturday from Glasgow Airport. For further information, visit www.flybe.com or call 0871 700 20000871 700 2000 or +44 (0)1392 268529+44 (0)1392 268529 from outside the UK.
Come and experience the very best of Islay.
A Bowmore lover's dream and the perfect base from which to explore Islay, Bowmore Distillery Cottages are available all year round as holiday lets. Individually decorated and renovated to 4* VisitScotland standard, all six cottages lie within a stone's throw of the distillery in the heart of Islay's picturesque capital, Bowmore.
Accommodation is provided for two to 14 people, ranging from cosy cottages for couples to larger properties suitable for groups of family and friends. Guests are treated to a complimentary tour of the distillery and greeted by a bottle of Bowmore 12 Years Old, providing the warmest of Islay welcomes.
For further information on Bowmore Distillery Cottages, visit www.bowmorecottages.com
Here you'll find our stories of Islay, along with your tales from our magical island.
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