Distillery Tours

Welcome to Bowmore

Islay is a world-class destination in its own right, but for the Scotch whisky lover it is without rival. For those of you lucky enough to visit our wonderful island, a tour of the Bowmore Distillery is a must.

It’s here, in Islay’s capital, that we’ve been making Bowmore Scotch whisky for almost two and half centuries. Rich in heritage and awash in expertise, our tours will give you a privileged insight into life behind the distillery gates, and you’ll see for yourself why so many people keep coming back to Bowmore.

2020 Opening Times


From Monday 28th October 2019 to Sunday 1st March 2020 our opening hours will be:
Monday - Saturday: 10.00am - 17.00pm
Sunday: Closed

High Season: 2nd March 2020 – 1st November 2020
Monday to Saturday 9:30am – 18:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm– 16:00pm

Winter Season: 2nd November 2020 – 28th Feb 2021
Monday to Saturday 10:00am - 17:00pm

Our Tours

Time Honoured Distillery
Tour

Explore a process which has been perfected by the slow passage of time, since 1779.

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On this one hour tour you will be guided through one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries and will witness how our Craftsmen produce a whisky steeped in tradition. You will learn all about the importance of time and how we nurture our handcrafted spirit through the years until we believe it has reached perfection and is ready to be shared and savoured. End the tour back in our beautiful Visitor Centre with a tasting of three Bowmore samples whilst enjoying the spectacular views over Loch Indaal. Includes a Bowmore tasting glass to take home.

Book

£10 per person
Duration: 1 hour

Dates & Times

Monday 28th October 2019 - Sunday 1st March 2020
Monday to Saturday: 10.30am / 14.00pm

High Season - Monday 2nd March 2020
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 / 11:30 / 14:00 / 15:30
Sundays: 12:30 / 14:00

Winter Season
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 / 14:00
Closed on Sundays

To book, call us on +44 (0)1496 810 441 or click the button below. This inbox is not monitored in the evenings or over the weekend so please call the distillery directly for any booking enquiries with a 48 hour notice.

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Vaults Secrets Tour

Tailored to the single malt whisky enthusiast, this tour takes you to the very heart of the Bowmore Distillery

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Our Vaults Secret’s Tour begins with a taste of our limited release Vaults Edition, served in your very own Bowmore glass and handy lanyard. This tour gives you unlimited behind the scenes access to Bowmore Distillery where you will explore a distillery steeped in tradition and heritage, from our old-fashioned floor maltings to our deep dark warehouses there is a story behind every corner. Following your in-depth distillery tour you will visit our exclusive Vaults Secrets Tasting Room where you will enjoy a very special cask tasting. This tour comes complete with a unique Bowmore tasting set including a 100ml cask sample so that you can reminisce when you get back home.

Book

£75 per person - Booking essential
Duration: 3hrs

Dates & Times

Monday 28th October 2019 - Sunday 1st March 2020

High Season - Monday 2nd March 2020
Monday – Friday: 10:15 and 14:15 (not available at the weekend)

Winter:
Monday to Friday: 10:15am

To book, call us on +44 (0)1496 810 441 or click the button below. This inbox is not monitored in the evenings or over the weekend so please call the distillery directly for any booking enquiries with a 48 hour notice.

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Vault Secrets Warehouse Tasting

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Available only on Saturdays this cask tasting experience takes you straight to the heart of Bowmore distillery; The Legendary No.1 Vaults, our old stone warehouse which sits on the edge of Loch Indaal, where the enchanting character of Islay and centuries of tradition patiently combine to create a whisky that stands out for its balance, complexity and beauty. On this experience you will enjoy a selection of cask strength whiskies, two of which will be pulled straight from the cask in the warehouse, you will also take home a special 100ml cask sample.

Book

£55
Duration: 90 minutes
Saturdays 12:45

Dates & Times

This experience does not include a distillery tour however you could complete this experience by joining our Time-Honoured tour at 11:30

To book, call us on +44 (0)1496 810 441 or click the button below. This inbox is not monitored in the evenings or over the weekend so please call the distillery directly for any booking enquiries with a 48 hour notice.

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Time Savoured
Tasting

A whisky journey to treat the senses

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On this tasting you will learn all about the importance of time and how we nurture our handcrafted spirit through the years until we believe it has reached perfection and is ready to be shared and savoured. Join one of our guides on this tasting experience and explore the most beautifully balanced of the Islay single malts alongside some tasty treats!

Book

£30 per person - Booking essential
Duration: 90 minutes (a tour is not included with this experience)

Dates & Times

28th October 2019 - 1st March 2020
Monday to Saturday: 12.30pm
Sunday: Not available

To book, call us on +44 (0)1496 810 441 or click the button below. This inbox is not monitored in the evenings or over the weekend so please call the distillery directly for any booking enquiries with a 48-hour notice.

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The Laggan,
The Lade, and
The Legendary No.1 Vaults Experience

On this Ultimate whisky experience, you will discover how we continue to hand down the traditions, skills and expertise that were crafted in the earliest days of Scotch Whisky production.

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Spend the day exploring our rich history and our island home. Join one of our Bowmore guides to go off the beaten track into the heart of Islay to visit our unique water source, the River Laggan where you will learn the story of our cleverly designed and meandering water-way, the Bowmore Lade. After a morning taking in the magnificent scenery around Islay you will visit Cafaidh Blasda based at the local Gaelic college where you will enjoy a traditional ploughman’s platter lunch. Thereafter you will embark on an in-depth tour of our distillery which includes a warehouse tasting in the legendary No.1 Vaults. Complete the experience with a further opportunity to taste from the range whilst enjoying the beautiful views in our relaxed surroundings.

Please note a moderate level of fitness is required. On Islay, four seasons of weather in one day is not unheard of, so please bring suitable outer clothing.

Book

£130 per person - booking essential / 6 people maximum
Duration: 5 hours minimum
Start time: 10:30 am

Dates & Times

March:
Friday 27th March

April:
Wednesday 1st
Friday 17th
Wednesday 29th

May:
Friday 15th

June:
Wednesday 3rd
Friday 19th

July:
Wednesday 1st

August:
Friday 21st

September:
Wednesday 2nd
Friday 18th
Wednesday 30th

This experience is only available on limited dates from between March and October when the weather is a little more favourable.

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Maintenance

Producing the beautifully balanced Bowmore Single Malt is no easy task, and in common with most Scotch whisky distilleries, we cease to produce whisky for a certain period in the year, we call this the Silent Season. This year our silent season runs from the 11th of July to the 13th of August. During this time essential maintenance will be taking place and access to the distillery production areas will be limited and on some days a full tour will not be available. We will always offer a range of specially tailored Silent Season Experiences and Tasting during this time please contact us directly for more information and to make a booking.

T: 01496810441
E: mbd.bowmoredistillery@beamsuntory.com
 

Please note that the Visitor Centre, shop and Bar will be closed all day on the 13th of August, our team will be hosting the Bowmore Tent at The Islay, Jura and Colonsay Annual Agricultural Show which is a real community affair and a great way to meet the locals, please come along and join us for a dram.

 

 

Alcohol and the Law

There is a strict zero tolerance policy for drink-driving in Scotland so please make sure you do not have to drive if you are enjoying a dram at any of our experiences. Islay has a very good bus service which runs throughout the day and there are also several small taxi companies – see here for more information.

If you do need to drive, please let us know and we will provide you with a takeaway bottle to enjoy your dram later in the day.

Please get in touch if you require any information about specific access needs or if you need advice on planning your visit and we will do our best to help.

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