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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

Could all coach parties contact the distillery to make arrangements prior to visiting.

Feis Ile Festival


Coal Ila will be celebrating the annual festival of Music & Malt with an extensive programme of events from the 26th May - 1st June.
Caol Ila's open day is the 28th 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
Caol Ila Distillery


1 hour

A journey through the whisky-making process while enjoying panoramic views of the Paps of Jura.

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For Chocolate Lovers
Whisky and Chocolate Pairing


1 hour

A tutored nosing and tasting of our range of whiskies paired with delicious artisan chocolates. March to October only.

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For Cask Enthusiasts
Cask Strength


1 hour 30 mins

A tutored nosing and tasting of some of our Cask Strength expressions.

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Opening Times

January - February

Monday - Saturday

10:00 – 16:00


Monday - Sunday

09:30 - 17:00





April – September

Monday - Sunday

09:30 - 17:30




Monday - Sunday

09:30 - 17:00





November - December

Monday - Saturday

10:00 – 16:00

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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