Extraordinary measures are now taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Beam Suntory is actively managing its response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re determined to do our part to support our communities and help contain the spread of the virus. Consistent with guidance from public health authorities to limit large gatherings, and given that our public tours include elements that bring groups together in relatively restricted spaces, we have temporarily suspended tours at our visitor experience in Bowmore . We understand that this may be disappointing and we apologize for any inconvenience. Please be assured that we are taking this action out of an abundance of caution because the health and well being of our employees and loyal brand fans is paramount. We look forward to resuming tours and welcoming you for the full experience in the future

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.


Open Tuesday to Saturday
Booking in advance is essential

We are so excited to announce that our Distillery Shop doors are back open. As of Tuesday the 22nd of September 2020, our gift shop will be open weekly from Tuesday to Saturday with new safety measures in place. A wide range of Bowmore Single Malt Whisky will be available to choose from as well as our premium branded gift selection. Our knowledgeable and friendly team will be on hand, ready to assist and offer an expert insight into life behind the distillery gates of one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries.

The Bowmore team want to reassure you that we have been working hard to make the necessary changes to our retail offering to help create a safe shopping experience for our visitors and our staff. Safety comes first and it is important that everyone follows the Scottish Government guidance to protect themselves and others. 

We look forward to welcoming you back to Bowmore Distillery! 


2020 Opening Times


22nd of September to 3rd of October: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 4pm
6th of October to 30th October: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm

We are taking a phased approach to re-opening with the gift shop opening first. We are not currently offering Tours and Tastings. We are reassessing the appropriate restart date for these experiences and our website will be updated as soon as we have more information to share

For further information, please contact the distillery team on mbd.bowmoredistillery@beamsuntory.com or by giving us a call on 01496 810 441.

Guests are asked not to visit if they or any of their party have been experiencing ANY flu like symptoms or have been in ‘close contact’ with anyone exhibiting symptoms in the past 7 days.  Symptoms include new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, difficulty breathing. 

• Spaces are limited to allow for social distancing 
• All visitors are asked to wear a face covering
• We are currently only able to take card or contactless payments 
• Please note; that we are unfortunately, not offering distillery tours at this moment in time.  
• Please use the hand sanitiser dispensers provided at the entrance to the shop and within the visitor centre 
• Please keep a safe distance of 2m from each other 
• The team will be carrying out enhanced cleaning measures across the site
• Guests are required to complete an online self-declaration form during the booking process
• Temperature checks upon arrival

We look forward to seeing you all on Islay soon, to share the stories of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch whisky and, how it has been shaped by the exquisite flavours of our carefully selected oak casks, rounded by the Hebridean air, and given character by the slow passage of time.  

Our Tour



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.



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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