Founded back in 1779, the Bowmore Distillery holds the prestigious title of the Isle of Islay’s oldest distillery and the first of the island’s eight renowned distilleries is often the starting point for whisky-tasting tours. The distillery now has holiday cottages for guests onsite, as well as an award-winning visitor center and a tasting area within the legendary Bowmore No. 1 Vaults - the underground maturation warehouse, where the whisky is aged in oak casks.
Tours of the Bowmore Distillery are also possible and visitors can learn all about the whisky distillation process, watch as the grain is milled and the malt is smoked used a traditional peatfired kiln, and discover how the distillery produces 2 million liters of whisky each year, before sampling a dram of the celebrated Single Malt.
The Bowmore Distillery is located in Bowmore on the island of Islay in the Scottish Hebrides. The distillery visitor center is from April to September, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-2pm; October-March Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-12.30pm; and Jan-Feb by booking only. Tours start from £6 per person.