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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 currently working on improving our facilities at Bowmore Distillery, from the 24th of March to the 17th of April we will be carrying out some essential maintenance work in the Visitor Centre which will mean a temporary relocation of the toilets. Due to the nature of the work taking place, the Visitor Centre, Shop and Whisky Bar will be closed on the following days:
We will be open as normal on all the other days and we endeavor to do our best to ensure disruption is limited. We hope that this won't impact your plans too much and would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused.
2020 Opening Times
From Monday 28th October 2019 to Sunday 1st March 2020 our opening hours will be:
Monday - Saturday: 10.00am - 17.00pm
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
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.
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.