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Visit Lagavulin Distillery Isle Of Islay

Visit Lagavulin Distillery Isle Of Islay

The Lagavulin Distillery is one of eight working whisky distilleries on the southern Hebridean Isle of Islay.

It is on the south eastern coast of the island, in Lagavulin Bay, and is easily reached from Port Ellen. If taking the ferry to the Isle of Islay, and landing at Port Ellen, the distillery can be seen from the ferry, as it comes into the port.  A long white building, with a tall red chimney, with the name Lagavulin written on it, in large black letters.

Visiting Lagavulin distillery is of particular interest to whisky connoisseurs, as Lagavulin 16 year single malt whisky has won a number of gold medals in competitions for spirits, and is the spirit equivalent of an Olympic champion.

The distillery was one of the first legal distilleries on the island, built in 1816, prior to that all distilling on the island was done illegally. So it is one of the oldest, and is interesting to visit for that reason, as an important part of industrial history.

Tours of the distillery are available, up to date information is on the company website, (though confirmation of age must be made before entering this website). Prices and opening times are given here, below, though they may change, and its best to check before visiting.

However, here is a visitor’s guide to current prices and opening times. Currently a tour costs £6, and includes a complimentary glass, and a £3 voucher towards a 70cl single malt bottle of whiskey. Opening hours, and tour times vary, according to the time of year.

Opening Times

October to April, open to visitors Monday to Sunday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Tours start at 9.30 am, 11.30am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm.

Warehouse Demo: Monday to Friday at 10.30 am.

Premium Tasting: Daily 1.30 pm.

May to September, open to visitors Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 7 pm

Tours start at 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 am, 2. 30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm.

Warehouse Demo: Monday to Friday at 10.30 am.

Premium Tasting: Daily 1.30 pm.

As mentioned previously a tour currently costs £6, while a warehouse demonstration costs £15, and a premium tasting costs £15. All of these include a £3 voucher towards a 70cl single malt whiskey. These details are taken from the Diageo discovering-distilleries website, and may be subject to change.

The premium tasting offers an opportunity to try five different samples, and takes a visitor through the maturation process. The warehouse demonstration offers something similar to the premium tasting, the difference between the two may be subtle, or significant.

The Isle of Islay is a beautiful Scottish Island to visit, and the whiskey industry is an important part of the island economy, and the Lagavulin distillery is the oldest legal distillery on the island, as well as being renowned for the quality of the whiskey produced there, it offers an interesting insight into the history of whiskey distilling on the island.