Visit Lagavulin Distillery

Situated at the picturesque Lagavulin Bay, this is an experience not to be missed. Take a tour of the distillery, see our distillers at work and view the unusual pear shaped stills. Peated malt, slow distillation and long maturation together ensure Lagavulin develops a complex, rich, peaty character. Lagavulin is a spirit which likes to take its time. Please find our 2015 Feis Ile programme in the our shop section.

Nestled on the South of Islay, Scotland’s whisky island, Lagavulin can be found sitting quietly in its small and beautiful bay. As one of Scotland’s most famous whiskies Lagavulin embodies the flavours of the island on which it sits with its rich fruit & smooth smoky flavours complimented by a good dose of Islay peat & crisp sea salt.

Widely known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay, has everything you could possibly ask for from a small Scottish island. The landscape and scenery changes dramatically as you journey round the island from the long sand shores of Machir bay to the rugged cliffs of the Oa, the island has plenty of spectacular views and walks to offer those keen on the outdoors. Islay is also home to some of the rarest & most charismatic wildlife in the UK from the hairy highland cows to the soaring sea eagles there is plenty to see on your journey to the distillery.

Once reaching Lagavulin our enthusiastic team in both the visitors centre and the distillery will ensure you are completely clued up on the secrets of our world famous malt before you leave us. If you’ve been round a few distilleries before you reach us then head down to the warehouse and visit the legend himself, Ian McArthur, to hear what really happens whilst our spirit sleeps for 16 years, he’ll show you exactly why time is so important to Lagavulin.

To visit one of Scotland’s most celebrated distilleries either jump on the plane from Glasgow for the quick 20 minute flight or enjoy the scenic drive down to Kennacraig or Oban to take the ferry sailing across. Once you reach Islay things could be much simpler we are a 2 mile walk from the busy village of Port Ellen or if you are staying further afield then there is a local bus service running regularly as well as several taxis to help you journey round the island.

Opening Times

January

Monday-Saturday: 10.00-16.00
Distillery Tour - 12.30
Premium Tasting Tour at 10.30 & 14.00

February

Monday-Friday: 10.00-16.00
Warehouse Demonstration - 10.30
Distillery Tour - 12.30
Premium Tasting Tour - 14.00
Saturday: 10.00-16.00
Premium Tasting Tours - 10.30 & 14.00
Distillery Tour - 12.30

March

Monday-Friday: 09.00-17.00
Warehouse Demonstration - 10.30
Distillery Tours - 09.30 & 12.30
Premium Tasting Tour - 14.00
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-17.00
Distillery Tours - 09.30 & 12.30
Premium Tasting Tour - 10.30 & 14.00

April

Monday-Friday: 09.00-17.00
Warehouse Demonstration at 10.30
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tour at 13.30
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-17.00
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tour - 10.30 & 13.30

May

Monday-Friday: 09.00-18.00
Warehouse Demonstration at 10.30
Distillery Tours at 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tour at 13.30
Nips & Nibbles at 16.30
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-17.00
Distillery Tours at 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tours at 10.30 & 13.30

June

Monday-Friday: 09.00-18.00
Warehouse Demonstration at 10.30
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tour - 13.30
Nips & Nibbles at 16.30
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-17.00
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tours - 10.30 & 13.30

July

Monday-Friday: 09.00-18.00
Warehouse Demonstration at 10.30
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tour - 13.30
Nips & Nibbles at 16.30
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-17.00
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tours - 10.30 & 13.30

August

Monday-Friday: 09.00-18.00
Warehouse Demonstration at 10.30
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tour - 13.30
Nips & Nibbles at 16.30
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-17.00
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tours - 10.30 & 13.30

1st - 13th September

Monday-Friday: 09.00-17.00
Warehouse Demonstration at 10.30
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tour at 13.30
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-17.00
Distillery Tours - 09.30, 11.30 & 15.30
Premium Tasting Tour - 10.30 & 13.30

14th September - 31st October

During this time we will be carrying out essential maintenance on the distillery, due to the level of work being carried out we will not have access to the distillery and there may be some disruption effecting our tasting experiences, our programme of events will be as follows:

Monday-Friday: 09.00-17.00
Warehouse Demonstration at 10.30
Whisky and Chocolate Pairing at 13.30
Nips and Nibbles Tasting at 15.30
Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-17.00
Whisky and Chocolate Pairings at 10.30 & 13.30
Nips and Nibbles Tasting at 15.30

1st November - 7th December

During this time we will be carrying out essential maintenance on the distillery, due to the level of work being carried out we will not have access to the distillery and there may be some disruption effecting our tasting experiences, our programme of events will be as follows:

Monday-Friday: 10.00-16.00
Warehouse Demonstration at 10.30
Whisky and Chocolate Pairing at 13.30
Saturday: 10.00-16.00
Whisky and Chocolate Pairings at 10.30 & 13.30

8th -23rd December

Monday-Saturday: 10.00-16.00
Distillery Tour - 12.30
Premium Tasting Tour at 10.30 & 14.00


Christmas & New Year

The visitors centre will be closed from 16.00 on the 23rd of December until the 4th of January.