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The Eight Distilleries of The Isle of Islay

Ardbeg Logo 300Ardbeg Distillery | /ɑrdˈbɛɡ/ ard-BEG | small headland | Founded 1815

Ardbeg produces a heavily peated Islay whisky. The distillery uses malted barley sourced from the maltings in Port Ellen.


Bowmore LogoBowmore Distillery | /boʊˈmɔr/ boh-MOR | great sea reef or sea rock | Founded 1779

Bowmore is the first recorded distillery on Islay and one of the oldest in the whole of Scotland. Islay malts are renowned for their peaty smokiness and Bowmore is no exception.


bruichladdich logoBruichladdich Distillery | /brʊkˈlædi/ bruuk-LA-dee | bank on the shore | Founded 1881

The distillery produces mainly single malt Scotch whisky, but has also offered artisanal gin



Bunnahabhain Distillery | /ˌbuːnəˈhævən/BOO-nə-HA-vən | mouth of the river | Founded 1881

This gentle malt has always begun with good quality malted barley, clean, pure Margadale spring water and a little yeast.


Caol-Ila-TrademarkCaol Ila Distillery | /kʊlˈaɪlə/ kuul-EE-lə | The Sound of Islay | Founded 1846

Caol Ila is Islay’s giant, producing more than double the spirit of the other distilleries on the island. Purpose built to produce over 7 million litres of spirit each year, Caol Ila distillery allows visitors to see large scale whisky production at its best.


Kilchoman DistilleryKilchoman Distillery | /kiːlˈtʃoʊmən/keel-CHOH-mən | St. Comman’s church | Founded 2005

Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. Based on a farm on the rugged west coast of Islay, Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on the island for 125 years.


lagavulin logoLagavulin Distillery | /ˌlɑːkəˈvuːlɪn/LAH-kə-VOO-lin | the hollow where the mill is | 1742

Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky has been made in a picturesque huddle of buildings on Lagavulin Bay. Perhaps the most beautifully situated of distilleries, Lagavulin makes arguably the most intense, smoky and rich whisky of all.


laphroaig logoLaphroaig Distillery | /ləˈfrɔɪɡ/ lə-FROYG | beautiful hollow by the broad bay | Founded 1815

Laphroaig has produced a distinctive malt whisky in part due to the use of Bourbon barrels which does not smooth the taste like the more traditional sherry casks do.