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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.

Festive Season Opening Hours

Our visitor centre will be open the following hours over the festive season:

Monday 24th Dec: 10am-2pm
Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th Dec: CLOSED
Thursday 27th Dec to Saturday 29th Dec: 10am-2pm
Sunday 30th Dec: CLOSED

Monday 31st Dec: 10am - 2pm
Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd Jan: CLOSED

Thursday 3rd - Saturday 5th Jan: 10am - 2pm

Normal shop opening hours will resume Monday 7th January, with tours resuming from Monday 14th January.

Join our team this festive season for some Christmas cheer around the Bowmore Christmas tree. With a wide selection of drams, hot chocolates, hot toddies and mince pies it’s the perfect time to pop in for a chat and a browse of our Christmas hampers and whiskies.

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, we will guide you through Scotland’s oldest distillery. We’ll explore our traditions and craft, reveal our unique heritage, and explain the process of making Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky.

We’ll end the tour in our whisky tasting bar which overlooks the stunning Loch Indaal. Here you’ll enjoy three Bowmore samples and collect a Bowmore whisky glass for you to take home and remember your visit by. Be warned: you may not want to leave.

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£10 per person
Duration: 1 hour

Dates & Times

2nd April 2018 - 28th October 2018
Monday to Saturday: 10am / 11am / 1.30pm / 3.30pm
Sunday: 12.30pm / 2pm

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

*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.

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

2nd April 2018 – 28th October 2018
Monday to Saturday: 3.00pm
Sunday: Not available

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

*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.

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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Our Vaults Secrets Tour begins with a taste of our limited release Vaults Edition, served in your very own Bowmore glass and handy lanyard. You’ll then explore our traditional malting floors, head down to the peat-fired kilns, past the wooden washbacks, and into our stillhouse with its majestic copper stills. We’ll describe each process in detail, stage by stage, so you get a feel for the incredible skill and artistry that goes into every single bottle of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky.

We’ll then venture into the ancient heart of Bowmore, the legendary No.1 Vaults, where there is a story behind every corner. Here in our exclusive Vaults Secrets tasting cellar you will enjoy a very special cask tasting. Relax and chat with your expert distillery guide who will answer any further questions, entertain you with tales of island life, and let you absorb the mesmerising essence of Bowmore Distillery.

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

2nd April 2018 – 28th October 2018
Monday to Friday: 9.45am
Saturday and Sunday: Not available

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

*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.

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 Bowmore experience begins with a visit to our precious and unique water supply, the beautiful Laggan River. Then we’ll meander to the Bowmore Lade, the expertly designed man-made waterway that was engineered to carry the soft Islay water to our distillery.

After a morning taking in some of the magnificent scenery Islay has to offer, we’ll return back to the Visitor Centre for a light breakfast, before embarking on an in-depth tour of the distillery.

You’ll be guided through each stage of the whisky-making process, from our traditional malting room, to the kiln, mash tun and our iconic copper stills. Steeped in craft, heritage and memories, we’ll reveal the history and stories of Bowmore distillery, before unlocking the doors to the legendary No.1 Vaults.

As the oldest whisky maturation warehouse in the world, there is more whisky history in the Bowmore No.1 Vaults than anywhere else. It’s an atmospheric and quiet place, where the sea air merges with Islay’s earthy aroma, where the smell of stone walls fades into that of oak casks. It’s in here, in one of the whisky world’s most iconic locations, that we will treat you to a rare tasting of whisky taken directly from one of our casks!

Then we’ll carefully lock the Vault doors and move up to our visitor centre where we’ll treat you to another tasting of some exquisite drams, carefully curated to complement our delicious antipasti board.

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

£125 per person. Max six people. Booking essential
Duration: Approx 4 hours

Dates & Times

April 2018 – October 2018
Available on the following Wednesdays, starting at 10am:
4th April
2nd May
6th June
4th July
22nd August
5th September
3rd October

*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.

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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