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Feis Ile at Caol Ila Distillery

Caol Ila welcomes you to enjoy a week of whisky tastings, music and amazing experiences. For the full festival programme please download the PDF below and to make your booking please click the Book Tour button and you will be taken through to our online booking system.

Notice to Visitors

Caol Ila Feis Ile tickets will be available to purchase from 10.00 GMT on Monday 19th March 2018.
For the full festival programme, including pricings, please download the PDF in the 'Feis Ile Festival' tab.
Please note, THE ULTIMATE ISLAY EXPERIENCE will be available to purchase from the Caol Ila programme.
All booking must be made online and are non refundable or transferable.

Caol Ila Feis Ile Festival Programme

Book Tours

Tours during Feis Ile can only be booked online

Managers Masterclass

Time: 10:30, 12:30, 14:30

Duration: 1 hour

Monday 28th

Join our distillery manger for a tasting in the old Caol Ila cooperage, sampling Caol Ila’s finest wares, perfectly matched with a verity of delicious canapes to enhance the flavours of the whisky.

Operator Tours with Ewan Gunn

Time: 10:30, 13:00, 15:00

Duration: 1.5 hours

Monday 28th

Our production operators will be hosting our tours for the day; join them for a behind the scenes look at the distillery. Finish up by enjoying a couple of drams of Caol Ila including the new 2018 Festival bottling hosted by Ewan Gunn our whisky specialist.


Blending & Maturation Masterclass

Time: 10:00, 13:00, 15:00

Duration: 1 hour

Monday 28th

Enjoy a masterclass in maturation and blending hosted by Keith Law, our master blender whilst enjoying a selection of cask samples and this years Feis which Keith has blended to perfection.  


Global Ambassador Masterclass

Time: 10:30, 13:00, 15:00

Duration: 1 hour

Monday 28th

Donald Colville, Global Caol Ila Ambassador, invites you to the “managers office” which looks out over the sound of Islay onto Jura and is perfectly placed to see the Feis day unfold below in the court yard to enjoy a tasting of absolute luxury with some of the rarest and best Caol Ila’s ever bottled.

Caol Ila by the Sea

Time: 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:15, 14:00

Duration: 40 mins

Monday 28th

Enjoy a trip up the Sound of Islay in one of our local high speed RIBs. Sit back with a dram in hand and experience our distillery from an entirely different angle.

Whisky and Music Pairing

Time: 16:00

Duration: 1 hour

Monday 28th

With the right music, your favourite whisky can taste even better. Join Colin Dunn, our UK Brand Ambassador and the Blueswater Band for a tasting experience like no other.


Caol Ila, Cocktails and Canapés

Time: 16:00

Duration: 2 hours

Tuesday 29th

Spend your evening sampling a selection of Caol Ila, cocktails and canapés with our Distillery Manager and Brand Ambassadors whilst enjoying an array of Scottish music.

Caol Ila Cask Strength

Time: 14:00

Duration: 1.5 hours

Tuesday 29th

Enjoy a tour of our distillery followed by a tutored tasting of our limited cask strength expressions hosted by our Distillery Manager.

Ultimate Islay Tour

Time: 9:00

Duration: 7.5 hours

Wed 30th & Thur 1st

Join us for the ultimate Island odyssey. You will be hosted by our team of managers and taxied by high speed RIBs to the best locations on Islay. This trip includes visits to the peat moss, Port Ellen Maltings and both Caol Ila and Lagavulin distilleries. You'll also be treated to a buffet lunch and an exclusive tasting of our finest wares.


Distillery Tour

Time: 12:30, 15:30, 16:00

Duration: 1 hour

Tuesday 29th - Friday 2nd

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

Whisky and Chocolate Pairing

Time: 11:30

Duration: 1 hour

Wed 30th & Fri 1st

A tutored nosing and tasting of our range of whiskies paired with delicious artisan chocolates.

Operators Tour

Time: 10:15

Duration: 1.5 hours

Tue 29th, Wed 30th, Thu 31st & Fri 1st

Our production operators will be hosting our first tour of the day; join them for a behind the scenes look at the distillery. Finish up by enjoying a couple of drams of Caol Ila including the new 2018 Festival bottling.

Book Tours

Tours during Feis Ile can only be booked online


We will be joined by a selection of local caterers to keep your appetite satisfied.


Our Coopers will be back again to share the secrets of their craft.

Exclusive Bottling

Our new Distillery Exclusive bottling will go on sale from 10am on the 28th of May.

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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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Opening Times

January - February

Monday - 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.

Feis Ile Festival

Further Information

Please be aware there is no parking on site on the 28th of May, alternative parking in Keills has been arranged including complimentary mini buses to and from the site. We look forward to seeing you for another busy festival.