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Welcome to Caol Ila Distillery

Pronounced 'cull-eela', the distillery is situated on the North Eastern shores of Islay with magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura. Join us for a tour and watch the distillers at work, tending to the 6 copper stills.

Notice to visitors

Due to the ongoing construction work on the major transformation of the Caol Ila Distillery visitor experience, we have had to make the decision to close our visitor centre from September 2019 until further notice.

For the health and safety of the public while the construction work is underway the road into the distillery will be also be closed to all traffic with no un-authorised access.

This means that unfortunately we will no longer be able to host our tours or tasting experiences. However, we do have our Caol Ila whiskies available at Lagavulin Distillery in the Malt Mill Bar (our sister distillery).


We are sorry to have caused any inconvenience to your plans during your visit to Islay.

Feis Ile Festival


Coal Ila will be celebrating the annual  festival of Music & Malt with an extensive programme of events from the 27th May - 31st May.
Caol Ila's  open day is the 27th May, a day not to be missed.

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Tours of our Distillery
We have a range of tours available. Discover the right one for you.

For Scenic Admirers
Classic Distillery Tour


1 hour

A journey through the whisky-making process whilst enjoying panoramic views of the Paps of Jura from our magnificent still house.

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For Chocolate Lovers
Luxury Chocolate and Whisky Tasting


1 hour

Sit back, relax and enjoy a verity of our exceptional whiskies served with a selection of luxurious chocolates crafted by the award winning Highland Chocolatier.

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For Cask Enthusiasts
Cask Strength


1 hour 30 mins

A short and succinct visit to our magnificent still house, then its off to our old cooperage to taste a selection of the finest Caol Ila cask strength expressions. 

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Opening Times

November - Febuary

Monday - Saturday

10:15 – 16:00

March - 18th April

Monday - Sunday

10:15 - 17:00


19th April - October

Monday - Sunday

10:15 - 17:30


Where to find us

Caol Ila Distillery

Port Askaig

Isle of Islay

PA46 7RL

Caol Ila Distillery

Contact us

Tel: 01496 302769



The Distillery is located 1 mile from Port Askaig, one of Islay’s two ferry ports.

Caol Ila distillery video

Take a peek at the ins and outs of our working distillery. From the magnificent views of the Paps of Jura to large scale whisky production at its best.


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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A spirit of its own

Islay, the 'Queen of the Hebrides', is probably best known for its peaty, smoky whiskies. Some say they are the best in the whole world. Home to 8 working distilleries, Islay definitely has the process of making the stuff down to a fine art. Sláinte!

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