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.

We are lucky to be one of just a small handful of distilleries who can still malt barley on-site in the traditional way, this year we have been making improvements to our Maltbarns and due to the maintenance currently taking place, the building is closed to both staff and the public from now until the end of the year. 

Opening Hours


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

The festive Season at Bowmore

Tis the season to feel merry… and Bowmore Distillery is the perfect place to celebrate! Our Bowmore Hot Chocolates, Festive Mince Pies and well stocked shop and whisky bar are enough to make you feel like Santa’s come early. So why not pop in for a wee dram under the Bowmore Christmas tree this festive season?

Our opening times over the Christmas and Hogmanay period are…

  • December 23rd and 24th 10am to 2pm
  • December 25th and 26th Closed
  • December 27th and 28th 10am to 2pm
  • December 30th and 31st 10am to 2pm
  • January 1st and 2nd Closed
  • January 3rd and 4th 10am to 2pm

On each of these days our Time Savoured Tasting Session will run at 12.30pm and our whisky bar will be open from 11am to 1.30pm.

Winter Silent Season

This year we will have a winter silent season which starts on the 7th of December 2019 and will continue through until the 8th of January 2020. During this time access to the distillery production areas will be limited and on some days a full tour will not be available. Our friendly team will be there to offer a range of specially tailored Silent Season Experiences and Tastings during this time, please contact us directly for more information and to make a booking.

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.

Book

£10 per person
Duration: 1 hour

Dates & Times

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 to make an enquiry by email. This inbox is not monitored in the evenings or over the weekend so please call the distillery directly for any booking enquiries which have less than 48h

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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, simply call us on +44 (0)1496 810 441 or click the button below to make an enquiry by email. This inbox is not monitored in the evenings or over the weekend so please call the distillery directly for any booking enquiries which have less than 48h

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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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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. 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.

Book

£70 per person - Booking essential
Duration: 2.5hrs

Dates & Times

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 to make an enquiry by email. This inbox is not monitored in the evenings or over the weekend so please call the distillery directly for any booking enquiries which have less than 48h

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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.

Book

£130 per person. Max six people. Booking essential
Duration: 5 hours

Dates & Times

This experience is only available on limited dates from between March and October when the weather is a little more favorable. Dates for 2020 are still to be announced.

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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. During this time 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

We will also have a winter silent season which starts on 7th December 2019 and will continue through until 6th January 2020.

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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