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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

We are unable to offer guided tours of Caol Ila Distillery due to essential maintenance from 4th September to 9th October. Please call the visitor centre for more details on (01496) 302769.

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 Connoisseurs
Premium Tasting


1 hour 30 mins

Enjoy a tour of our distillery followed by a tasting of our limited expressions including distillery only releases. 

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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. April to December only.

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Opening Times

January - February

Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 – 16:00


Monday - Friday

09.00 – 17.00



10.00 – 17.00



April – October

Monday - Saturday

09.00 - 17.00



10:00 – 17:00

November - December

Tuesday - 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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Feis Isle Festival


Come along and enjoy a week long celebration of music and all the wonderful views Islay has to offer.

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