Come to the newly renovated Caol Ila distillery – the Islay home of Johnnie Walker - for a truly breath-taking whisky experience in one of the most majestic “instagrammable” landscapes in the world. Home to a fine, smoky whisky and with signature tours, impressive bar and bottling your own whisky, the spirit of Caol Ila infuses everything.

Take a journey of smoky smoothness and sweet air aromas

A complete immersion in flavour

A Caol Ila tour takes you on a full-sensory exploration, from the smoke sculpture and story room to the tastings and bar offerings. It’s a celebration of smoky sweetness, from start to finish.

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Industrious spirit, brought to life

Taste and feel the whisky come to live as the new visitor experience marries industrious design with elements of magical, storytelling smoke. Look out for the Johnnie Walker famous ‘brush strokes’.


The best views in the world of whisky

Take a moment to look out at the incredible and world-famous views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura. The bar is the place to be as you sip a dram in the tasting booths while looking out at spectacular landscapes set within huge window frames.

Extraordinary tours to stir the senses

Go on a flavour tour

A full-on sensory immersive experience with a distillery tour, guided tasting of 3 drams and a week cocktail, served in our bar with views of the Paps of Jura.

Experience the spirit of smoke

A truly special experience. Sample five cask-strength Caol Ila expressions, only available at the distillery.

Taste the flavours of Islay

A 90 minute premium tasting tour showcases the very best flavours our Islay home of Johnnie Walker has to offer.

The essence of Caol ila

All in the family

Hidden from view since 1846, Caol Ila now reveals all its rare treasures. Fallen for Islay? Don’t forget to visit the other member of the Islay clan, the Lagavulin.


The best kept secrets

From rare orchids to singing sands, there are some truly hidden gems on the island of Islay. Why not take a few days more to explore this stunning and pristine landscape?

Discover hidden gems

One with its surroundings

The barley used today is malted locally at Port Ellen and pure spring water rises from limestone in nearby Loch Nam Ban, then falls to the sea at Caol Ila.

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“I’d argue it’s maybe got the best view from any distillery, but I’m maybe a bit biased.”

Lynzie McCuaig, First female distillery operator on Islay

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