Welcome to Bowmore

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 distillery gift shop is currently open weekly from Tuesday to Saturday with new safety measures in place. A wide range of Bowmore Single Malt Whisky is available to choose from, as well as our premium branded gift selection. Our knowledgeable and friendly team are on hand, ready to assist and offer an expert insight into life behind the distillery gates of one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries.

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 this may cause. We are taking a phased approach to re-opening with the gift shop opening first, followed by tasting experiences, and then tours. We are currently reassessing the appropriate restart date for these experiences and our website will be updated as soon as we have more information to share, with online bookings opening up in stages from August 2021.


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.

• Booking is essential. 
• Spaces are limited to allow for social distancing. 
• All visitors are asked to wear a face covering. 
• We are currently encouraging card or contactless payments. 
• 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. 
• Please be aware that you will have your temperature checked upon arrival. 
• The team will be carrying out enhanced cleaning measures across the site. 

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 being brought into island communities by people who are unaware they are infectious, the Scottish Government is encouraging anyone planning to travel to a Scottish island to test before they travel.

To order tests before travel, visit: https://test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/order-lateral-flow-kits

Visit us to discover why here at Bowmore, we not only believe in the inherent power of time in creating our whiskies, but also its role in shaping our distillery, both in the past and today.


Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm


Christmas Opening Hours

Bowmore Visitor Centre will be closed on Friday 24th December and will reopen on Wednesday 5th January 2022.




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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