Sustainability at Lagavulin

At Lagavulin distillery on the Isle of Islay, we’re honoured to have received the UK’s highest eco-tourism award in our journey to a greener future. Our distillery and visitor experience earned the prestigious gold certification from Green Tourism for our sustainable practices.

The award recognises our green operating credentials, from zero-waste to landfill, the sustainability of our distillation process and to the high standards of water efficiency. It also acknowledges our commitment to encourage local biodiversity, protect our heritage, and contribute to the welfare of our small island community.

Here at Lagavulin, we’ve been working on a nature sustainability strategy to encourage and protect wildlife in the local area. This includes the installation of beehives, bird, hedgehog and bug boxes. We were working closely with the RSPB team in the South of Islay which is helping us to embrace the wonders of local habitats and share this knowledge with our visitors.

Being situated on the rugged and wild West Coast of Scotland, full of wildlife and beautiful scenery, has made us appreciative of our local environment and passionate about preserving the natural wonders that help us create our whisky.

There are many more eco-friendly and sustainable practices at our distillery, which include:

  • Free water dispenser at the distillery and visible on the Refill app - to reduce plastic bottles
  • Cycle racks for those traveling by bike
  • Bee-friendly plants and beehive
  • Educational nature boards around the site

We are committed to improving our environmental impact now and in the future. We can’t do this alone though, so we are asking for your support when you visit us. In order to help reduce waste at Lagavulin Distillery we are asking you to recycle your litters while you are on the site. Please, ask one of our team members to help you to locate these.

We hope the initiatives we have put in place will make a real difference to our environmental impact and we look forward to improving this year on year.

If you want to book a tour and learn more about our sustainable practices, you can do this Here