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Welcome to Caol Ila Distillery

Join us for a tour and watch the distillers at work, tending to the six copper stills at our distillery, sitting on the North Eastern shores of Islay, with magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura.

WHERE TO FIND US

From the hidden cove

Caol Ila Distillery
Port Askaig
Isle of Islay
PA46 7RL
Tel: 01496 302769
Email: caolila.distillery@diageo.com

Register for a free distillery pass

Opening Times

November – February

Tuesday to Saturday

10.00 - 16.00

Tours: 12.30
Premium Tasting Tours: 10.30 and 14.00

March

Monday to Sunday

Please contact the distillery for tour times.

April – October

Monday to Sunday

09.00 - 17.00

Tours of our Distillery
We have a range of tours available. Select a tour to discover more.

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Caol Ila Distillery Tour

A journey through the whisky-making process.

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Premium Tasting

Be there for the birth of our spirit.

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Chocolates and Malts

Explore the most delicate of Caol Ila’s flavours.

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THE STORY OF CAOL ILA

Uncover the history behind the liquid.

In 1846, Glasgow distillery owner Hector Henderson picked a little bay on the Sound of Islay for his distillery site. He named it for the Sound itself, using the Gaelic Caol Ila, and it was across this sound the little puffer ships made their round trips to the mainland – slowly helping to establish the distillery as the biggest on Islay.

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