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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.

Please note the Visitor Centre and Distillery Shop will be closed on Friday 6th July and Thursday 9th August. We hope this doesn't impact your plans too much.

Opening Hours

Our visitor centre is open 7 days a week from Monday 4th March to Sunday 27th October 2019
Our opening hours are:
Monday - Saturday: 09.30am - 18.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm - 16.00pm

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

We will be closed on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th January 2019 for staff training.

We will also be closed on Monday 4th February and Thursday 8th August 2019.

Our Tours

Unlock Hidden Depths
Tasting Tour

A perfectly balanced taste of what it takes to make Bowmore Whisky

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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. 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.

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£10 per person
Duration: 1 hour

Dates & Times

29th October 2018 - 3rd March 2019
Monday to Saturday: 10.30am / 2pm
Sunday: Not Available

Monday 4th March 2019 - Sunday 27th October 2019
Monday to Saturday: 10.00am / 11.00am / 14.00pm / 15.30pm
Sunday: 12.30pm / 14.00pm

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

To book, simply call us on +44 (0)1496 810 441 or click the button below. Please call the distillery directly for bookings less than 24 hours in advance or for bookings of six or more people.

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Reinventing
The Flavour Wheel

Tasting

A whisky journey to treat the senses

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This highly interactive and in-depth tasting masterclass offers a tantalising mix of science, creativity and Bowmore single malt whisky. Join one of Bowmore’s specialists for a tutored whisky tasting where your sense of smell and imagination will be treated to some exceptional drams. In our tasting room, you’ll blind nose, taste and discuss four specially selected drams. We’ll talk you through the extraordinary connection between smell and memory, and explain why no whisky tasting can ever be wrong. Then we’ll help you with some tasting strategies and tips of your own so you too can create your own unique tasting notes. Please note this experience does not include a distillery tour.

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£40 per person - Booking essential
Duration: 75 mins

Dates & Times

29th October 2018 – 3rd March 2019
Monday to Saturday: 3.00pm
Sunday: Not available

Please note that this experience will no longer be available after Sunday 3rd March 2019. If you wish to book beyond this date, please contact the distillery and enquire about the Time Savoured Tasting experience.

To book, simply call us on +44 (0)1496 810 441 or click the button below. Please call the distillery directly for bookings less than 24 hours in advance or for bookings of six or more people.

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Vaults Secrets
Tasting Tour

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

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ur 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. Eventually you will reach 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.

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£70 per person - Booking essential

Dates & Times

29th October 2018 – 3rd March 2019
Monday to Friday: 10.15am
Saturday and Sunday: Not available

Monday 4th March 2019 - Sunday 27th October 2019
Monday to Friday: 10.15am

Monday 28th October 2019 - Sunday 1st March 2020
Monday to Friday: 10.15am

To book, simply call us on +44 (0)1496 810 441 or click the button below. Please call the distillery directly for bookings less than 24 hours in advance or for bookings of six or more people.

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

Unlock Bowmore’s hidden depths on the ultimate whisky experience

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This is a tour without rival, and an exceptional treat for the true whisky aficionado. Your four-hour Unlock Bowmore's hidden depths on this journey of discovery. 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 return to the Visitor Centre to 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.

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£130 per person. Max six people. Booking essential
Duration: Approx 4 hours

Dates & Times

This tour is only available between March 2019 – October 2019 on the following dates at 10.30am

Wednesday 27th March
Wednesday 3rd April
Friday 19th April
Wednesday 1st May
Friday 17th May
Wednesday 5th June
Friday 21st June
Wednesday 3rd July
Wednesday 28th August
Wednesday 4th September
Friday 20th September
Wednesday 2nd October

To book, simply call us on +44 (0)1496 810 441 or click the button below. Please call the distillery directly for bookings less than 24 hours in advance.

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Maintenance

We have periods of planned maintenance at the distillery which can sometimes cause disruption to our tour schedule. Our 2018 winter shutdown begins on Monday 10th December and normal service will resume on Monday 14th January . We will not be able to offer tours during this time, but we will always offer an alternative experience in the visitor centre. Please contact the distillery for more information during this period.

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.

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