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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. Please click the Book Tour button and you will be taken thought our online booking system.

Notice to Visitors

The health and wellbeing of our employees, visitors and on-site partners is our highest priority. Given the fast-moving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as a precautionary measure, Caol Ila Distillery Visitor Centre is closed until 3rd April, when the situation will be reviewed and a further update given. If you have an entry ticket during this period, please contact for a refund. Please bear with us as we process all requests, we reassure you that we will respond to each and every query. 

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Managers Masterclass

Time: 10.00, 12.30, 15.00

Duration: 1 hour  / £45 per person

Monday 27th

Join our Distillery Manger Pierrick for a tasting of our finest wares in the old Caol Ila cooperage. There will be a couple of unexpected drams making this a tasting not to be missed…

Caol Ila Operator Tours - Open Day

Time: 10.30, 13.00, 15.00

Duration: 1.5 hours / £20

Monday 27th

Join Lynzie, our production operator for a behind the scenes tour of Caol Ila. Finish up by enjoying a couple of drams which includes a sample of our 2019 Festival bottling.


Blending & Maturation Masterclass

Time: 10.00, 13.00, 15.00

Duration: 1.5 hours / £40

Monday 27th

Join Craig Wilson our whisky specialist for a masterclass in maturation and blending whilst enjoying a selection of cask samples and this years Feis bottling which was expertly crafted by Craig himself.

Caol Ila by the Sea

Time: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30

Duration: 30 mins at sea / £25

Monday 27th

Enjoy a trip up the Sound of Islay in one of our local high speed RIBs. Sit back and relax with a dram in hand and experience our distillery from an truly unique view.

Whisky and Music Pairing

Time: 16.00

Duration: 1 hour

Monday 27th

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 second to none - the perfect way to end your Caol Ila Feis Ile 2019 experience.


Caol Ila Operator Tours

Time: 10.30, 13.30

Duration: 1.5 hours / capacity 12 / £15

Tuesday 28th - 31st

Join Lynzie, our production operator for a behind the scenes tour of our distillery. The tour concludes with a couple of drams of Caol Ila including the new 2019 Festival bottling.

Distillery Tour

Time: 15.30

Duration: 60 mins

Monday 27th - Friday 31st

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

Cask Strength Experience

Time: 13.00

Duration: 1.5 hours

Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st

Start your tour with a short and succinct visit to our magnificent still house to capture a picture of our beautiful stills and stunning view. Then it’s over to our old cooperage to taste a selection of the finest Caol Ila cask strength expressions we have to offer, including three single cask expressions and two of our exclusive bottlings. This tasting focuses on the maturation of our great spirit as well as exploring the history and heritage of Islay’s hidden gem.

Ultimate Islay Tour

Time: 9am

Duration: 7.5 hours

Tuesday 28th & Thursday 30th

Join us for the ultimate Island odyssey - The Ultimate Islay Tour. Guests will be hosted by our team of managers for the duration of this award winning trip, visiting various must see locations around our beautiful island, including; the Peat Moss, Port Ellen Maltings, Port Ellen warehouses as well as both Lagavulin and Caol Ila Distilleries. You'll have the opportunity to experience Islay from the ocean as you'll be taxied between locations by high speed Ribs', we doubt you'll find a more exhilarating way to get around the Island! In addition to a luxury tasting of Lagavulin, Caol Ila and Port Ellen variants you will be treated to a lunch with our Distilleries and Maltings manager and you'll also receive an exclusive goodie bag to remind you of this fantastic experience.


Whisky and Chocolate Pairing

Time: 11:30

Duration: 1 hour

Tue 28th - Friday 31st

Start your tour with a short and succinct visit to our magnificent still house to capture a picture of our beautiful stills and stunning view. Then sit back, relax and enjoy a variety of our exceptional whisky served with a selection of luxurious chocolates crafted by the award winning Highland Chocolatier.


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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.