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 caolila.distillery@diageo.com

Please note that Caol Ila shop will be closed on 10th of December. Also, on 17th and 18th of December there won't be any distillery tours at Caol Ila due to staff training days. Sorry for any inconvience caused.

1st November – March

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

Festive Opening Hours 2014/2015

We will be closed from 20th December - 5th January. Sorry for any inconvience this may cause

April – 31st August


Monday - Sunday: 09.00 - 17.00
Tours: 09.30,   and 15.30
Premium Tasting: 13.30

May - September

Whisky and Chocolate Pairing: 11.30

1st September – 31st October


Monday – Saturday: 09.00 – 17.00
Tours: 09.30 and 15.30
Premium Tasting: 10.30 and 13.30