Bowmore Distillery
Bowmore Distillery
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Islay is a world-class destination in its own right, but for the Scotch whisky lover it is without rival. For those of you lucky enough to visit our wonderful island, a tour of the Bowmore Distillery is a must. It’s here, in Islay’s capital, that we’ve been making Bowmore Scotch whisky for almost two and half centuries. Rich in heritage and awash in expertise, our tours will give you a privileged insight into life behind the distillery gates, and you’ll see for yourself why so many people keep coming back to Bowmore.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Kevin O
    Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb distillery and Rob is a fantastic asset to the team
    Visited on 11th great welcome from the shop staff and we then went upstairs to get some sample whiskies to take home. Rob was superb and very knowledgeable and a clear whisky expert, he took time to go through each and every question. Advised on which whisky would fill out tastes and made a fuss of our son who is a very curious whisky aficionado! We will be back to purchase the chosen bottles and highly recommend this distillery to anyone.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Francois T
    Johannesburg, South Africa1,343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Bowmore is not my favorite whisky but the distillery visit was by far the best. We did the Whatehouse Tasting Tour and it was phenomenal. Rob was amazing. The visitor centre and bar was a great place to end off with couple drams. Highly recommend a visit and the Wharehouse Tasting Tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Sleps
    Sanctuary Point, Australia50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bowmore is a beautiful venue on Islay. Stunning views and good whiskey.
    Bowmore was a delight to visit. Alexander guided us through the whiskeys and was informative and fun. It’s a pleasure to chat to someone so passionate about the product. I also love the idea of drivers drams - which meant I got to taste (not only sniff) as well. (I was also introduced to IrnBru. Very sweet but quite pleasant 🙃)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • FermentedGrape
    Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bowmore is a top experience and well worth visiting - Islay’s oldest distillery
    Did the No.1 Vaults Warehouse Tasting tour with Alexander. Bowmore was the first licensed Islay distillery, having stood on the shores of Loch Indaal since 1779. The distillery is owned by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd, a holding company owned by Beam Suntory, a subsidiary of Japanese multinational drinks conglomerate Suntory that acquired 100% in 1994. This was a very different experience as it was a chance to see the malting hall in action (only three Islay distilleries do their own barley malting and smoking) and also the no.1 warehouse with a chance to sample whiskey direct from the cask. The facilities at Bowmore are great, with a lovely bar with views over the loch. Alexander was excellent and made the tasting tour very enjoyable. His sense of humour is great as well as his enthusiasm. Some of the other distilleries should take note. It’s all about the passion as well as the facilities and whisky. Highly recommended tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • David C
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely activity for a stormy afternoon
    Did the signature tour with Margaret (Mrs Bowmore). Listed as an hour and a quarter but we were nearly two hours, so great value. Really engaging guide, great with all the weird questions asked, followed by a fantastic tasting experience. Highly recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Alan304
    Cranford, New Jersey2,128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun tour
    The grounds are relatively compact, but you can see and learn a lot on their tour. They are one of three distilleries on Islay that malt barley. You have a chance to rake the barley. The tour guides are engaging and knowledgeable. The tour was the only one of the four distillery tours we took on Islay along the water that didn’t include a photo opportunity of a white building with the distillery name in bold black letters. There are some interesting artifacts to see in the exhibit area.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
  • Bill Scurry
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands389 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Legendary spirits and a tremendous tour
    I had a marvelous experience on the Bowmore distillery tour: As it happened there were no other guests so I got a bespoke walkthrough care of my guide Evy. She was on top of each aspect of the plant, got me into countless tight spaces to see new angles of their operation, and best of all she decanted some of the most devastating spirits I've ever tasted in the cask warehouse. This tour is one for the books, do not miss it.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 March 2024
  • A F
    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No 1 Vaults Experience at Bowmore Distillery
    Arrived on Islay for our first visit and having had the foresight to prebook a distillery visit we did the No 1 Vaults Experience at Bowmore. The experience was led by Rob who was very knowledgeable, informative and friendly. The highlight of the experience was tasting 3 very different whiskys direct from the cask in the No 1 Vault. Rob expertly guided us through the tasting, answering all the question put to him by those on the experience. All in all we would highly recommend the experience itself which was made even better by having Robs expertise - having visited numerous distilleries on Islay this firmly remains our no 1 favourite!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2024
  • George P
    130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour and whisky
    The distillery tour we took with Lynn was great. She gave us a very comprehensive tour of the distillery a passionate background into the distillery itself. The tasting room looking out over the water is a beautiful setting to enjoy some great whisky paired with chocolate.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 May 2024
  • HelpfulAngel
    Atlanta, Georgia1,463 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful facility with very informative and interesting tour
    Beautiful distillery with a very informative and enjoyable tour. The tour guide was interesting and the distillery is gorgeous. She showed us all aspects of the whisky making process from the barley room to the smoking room. The tastings were varied and very good and the final tasting was in their restaurant area where they even served us chocolates! Nice touch! This was one of my favorite distillery tours and I went to many!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2024
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HelpfulAngel
Atlanta, GA1,463 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful distillery with a very informative and enjoyable tour. The tour guide was interesting and the distillery is gorgeous. She showed us all aspects of the whisky making process from the barley room to the smoking room. The tastings were varied and very good and the final tasting was in their restaurant area where they even served us chocolates! Nice touch! This was one of my favorite distillery tours and I went to many!
Written 19 June 2024
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CDFBologna
Barcelona, Spain1,194 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Not what I had expected. Quite conservative and the staff in particular wasn't so friendly compared to other distilleries.
Written 25 May 2024
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George P
130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The distillery tour we took with Lynn was great. She gave us a very comprehensive tour of the distillery a passionate background into the distillery itself. The tasting room looking out over the water is a beautiful setting to enjoy some great whisky paired with chocolate.
Written 23 May 2024
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AndyPsauldman
Eastriggs, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Excellent Distillery slap bang in the middle of this small town where you can sit upstairs and sample the products of the distillation wizards looking over the bay, parking can be a problem but dont let that put you off as in the town there’s no problem.
Excellent Whiskies that won’t break the bank.
Written 11 May 2024
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A F
Leighton Buzzard, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Arrived on Islay for our first visit and having had the foresight to prebook a distillery visit we did the No 1 Vaults Experience at Bowmore. The experience was led by Rob who was very knowledgeable, informative and friendly. The highlight of the experience was tasting 3 very different whiskys direct from the cask in the No 1 Vault. Rob expertly guided us through the tasting, answering all the question put to him by those on the experience. All in all we would highly recommend the experience itself which was made even better by having Robs expertise - having visited numerous distilleries on Islay this firmly remains our no 1 favourite!
Written 29 April 2024
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FredCamel64
Greater London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Visited as an early 60th birthday treat with my brother and son. Decided to choose Bowmore for our splurge tasting VAULTS SECRETS TOUR AND WAREHOUSE EXPERIENCE – CRAFTED WITH INTENT . Did the standard tours for Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Kilchoman, Bruichladdich - but chose Bowmore for the more expensive tasting as they are the oldest whisky cellars in Scotland, and the oldest distillery on Islay. Didn't disappoint, and was my favourite of the tours. Whisky aside, I love the creativity going into sustainability - e.g. reducing the peat used by around 80%, and using excess heat from the kiln to heat the swimming pool in the leisure centre next door (which was a building donated by the distillery to the town). Alexander was an excellent host - a genuine and straightforward local bloke with a passion for his work. Tastings were wonderful - probably the best whisky I've tasted, and generous too. Can't recommend highly enough.
Written 25 April 2024
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Cooper O
63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Very nice tasting room! They offered a complimentary dram of their 12 year expression, and I went on to sample an 18 and a 25. Both were exceptional.
Written 19 April 2024
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CmcEIslay
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Just ideal for a tasting the bar is wonderful and again as always the staff are super friendly thanks again would definitely recommend to groups or solo traveler.

A great introduction to Islay whisky.

All the best for the season ahead.
Written 1 April 2024
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Klaas B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Located in the city center of capital Bowmore, we had a nice walk at night and passed by the distillery. Nice town to stay.
Written 25 March 2024
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Bill Scurry
Amsterdam, The Netherlands389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I had a marvelous experience on the Bowmore distillery tour: As it happened there were no other guests so I got a bespoke walkthrough care of my guide Evy. She was on top of each aspect of the plant, got me into countless tight spaces to see new angles of their operation, and best of all she decanted some of the most devastating spirits I've ever tasted in the cask warehouse. This tour is one for the books, do not miss it.
Written 20 March 2024
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