Ardbeg distillery is one of the six distilleries that you can reach by bus from Orsay House. Book online with Ardbeg for tours
Ardnahoe is currently the newest of Islays distilleries, situated on the north east coast between Caol Ila and Bunnahabhain. Although they do not have their own malt as yet, they have an excellent selection of whiskies and rums and has an excellent cafe
Situated in the heart of Islay, Bowmore Distillery is one of the focal points of the small town of Bowmore. the other being the round Church. Home to one of the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouses, the No. 1 Vaults. It’s in this legendary warehouse that Bowmore single malts have been meticulously matured and transformed for over 240 years. Bowmore is a pioneering distillery. We continue to hand down the traditions, skills and expertise that were crafted in 1779, the earliest days of Scotch whisky
Bruihladdich is our nearest distillery, just a 7 mile drive from Orsay House, or a short bus journey which is very nearly door to door, As well as an excellent range of whiskies from the Classic, Port Charlotte and Octomore ranges, they also produce the award winning Botanist Gin, including the new Hebredian Edition. Book tours online or telephone 01496 850190
Bunnahabhain is almost the 'Secret Society' of Islay Whiskies. They produce an amazing range of 'sherry finished' whiskies (as well as the tradition Islay style peated drams). It is definitely worth the drive up to this distillery, apart from the exceptionally warm welcome from the team, you will also see the second best view on Islay (In my opinion!)
Caol Ila Distillery
Caol Ila (pronounced Cull Eela) is on the North East Coast , along with Ardnahoe and Bunnahabhain. n 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. Caol lla has recently reopened following a multi million pound re-vamp and is definitely worth a visit to experience a different type of whisky experience whilst sampling some of their classic drams and cocktails.
Kilchomen Farm Distillery
Kilchomen is Islays smallest independant farm distillery. It is located between Loch Gorm and Machir Bay and just to the south of Sanaig, which just happen to be the names of the core range of whiskies produced, along with the extra special 100% Islay. Kilchomen has a large large new visitor centre and a cafe which serves Tea, Coffee, snacks and Lunches and where you can sample the range of their whiskies .
Situated in a small bay near the south coast of Islay near the ruins of Dunyveg Castle, Lagavulin Distillery is thought to be one of the longest established distilleries in the country.
Laphroaig, pronouned la-FROYG is probably one of the best known distilleries on Islay. The Gaelic name means "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay". Laphroaig is considered one of the most strongly flavored of all scotch whiskies, and is generally aged to 10 years. The 18 year old variety is also very popular as well as the Quarter Cask (matured in small casks often used in the 19th century)