Islay Distilleries

There are currently nine working distilleries on Islay.

The first recorded distillery was Bowmore, founded in 1779; the most recent was Ardnahoe, which opened in April 2019 and located in the north of the island next to Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila.

Islay’s distilleries are spread across the island; Bowmore, Bruichladdich and Kilchoman can be found in the heart of the island and three on the south coast – Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig – located next to each other, collectively known as the Kildalton Distilleries.

From Whisky to Gin and beyond – taste the authentic Islay flavours
Islay Ales

  • Nerabus Red Eye Ale
  • Saligo Golden Ale
  • Finlaggan IPA
  • Big Strand Craft Lager
  • Black Rock Stout

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