Visit Caol Ila Distillery

Pronounced 'cull-eela', the distillery is situated on the North Eastern shores of Islay, with magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura. Watch the distillers at work tending to the six copper stills.

Islay’s hidden gem, nestled down at the sleepy bay of Caol Ila lies the islands biggest distillery. Like all of Islay’s distilleries Caol Ila is surrounded in some if Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. Sitting on the edge of the sound of Islay, Caol Ila stands tall and proud alongside the fast flowing water separating Islay from Jura making it one of the most picture perfect settings for a distillery.

Caol Ila is Islay’s giant, producing more than double the spirit of the other distilleries on the island. Purpose built to produce over 7 million litres of spirit each year, Caol Ila distillery allows visitors to see large scale whisky production at its best. Don’t let the size fool you though, the passion of the people at the distillery ensures that all 7 million litres contains the same fresh, light smokiness typical of the Caol Ila 12 year old. Much of its large scale production is used to keep some of the world’s most famous and enjoyed blends in steady supply.

With a larger range available than her sister distillery Lagavulin, Caol Ila offers a variety of different expressions to suite the different tastes including a delightedly sweet unpeated Stitchell release which shows that even without the Islay peat Caol Ila would be an outstanding malt.

Opening Times

1st November – 19th April

Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Tours: 10.30 and 13.30
Premium Tasting: 11.30 and 14.30

20th April – 31st August

Monday - Sunday: 09.00 - 17.00
Tours: 09.30, 10.30, 14.30 and 15.30
Premium Tasting: Daily at 13.30


Whisky and Chocolate Pairing: Daily at 11.30

1st September – 31st October

Please note that from 17th September to 8th October Caol Ila Distillery will be having a silent season and there will be no touring of the distillery. A Whisky & Chocolate Pairing Session will be available at 10.30am and Premium Tasting at 1.30pm - these must be booked at least 1 hour in advance. Apologies for any inconvience.

The Visitor Centre will also be closed between 10am and 1.30pm on Saturday 6th September.

Monday – Saturday: 09.00 – 17.00
Tours: 09.30 and 15.30
Whisky and Chocolate Pairing: 10.30

Premium Tasting: 13.30