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

For more information or to book a tour please contact us on 01496 302769  or e-mail us on

Caol Ila visitor centre will be closed on the 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th November & will re- open on the 14th November.


November – February

Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Tour : 10.30am
Premium Tasting Tour:  14.00


Monday - Sunday: 09.00 - 17.00
Tours: 09.30 & 15.30
Whisky & Chocolate Pairing: 11.00
Premium Tasting Tours: 14.00

April - October

Monday - Friday: 09.00 - 17.00
Tours: 09.30, 13.15 & 15.30
Saturday & Sunday Tours are 09.30 &15.30. Whisky & Chocolate Pairing: 11.00
Premium Tasting Tours: 14.00

Both tastings are required to be booked at least an hour in advance; for a tour is advisable to book as there is a limited number allowed in a group.

Xmas opening times: The visitor centre will close at 16.00pm on 19th December 2015 & will re-open on 5th January 2016 at 10am.