Ardbeg Distillery, south coast of the island of Islay
Bowmore jetty, looking across to the distillery, Islay
Bunnahabhain Distillery on the south coast of Islay
Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown
Discover the home of Scotland's whisky coast where historic distilleries produce Scotland's national drink and unique beers and ales are brewed. Whether you want to enjoy a dram overlooking the region's rugged coast, or learn more about the distillation or brewing process on a behind the scenes tour, the drink attractions in Argyll & The Isles can offer all this and more.
With 14 distilleries across the region, it's little wonder that whisky lovers are so spoilt for choice when they visit Argyll & The Isles. From the peaty notes of Islay whiskies to the distinctive flavours of Mull, Jura, Oban and Campbelltown, where better to enjoy Scotland's national drink. Learn more about the distilleries in the area..
Beers and ales
As well as the wonderful whisky coast, Argyll & The Isles also produces many fine craft ales. Sample quality ales such as Avalanche and Holly Daze from the independent Fyne Ales at Cairndow or try the wonderfully named Puggled Stout from Oban Bay Brewery. The two-and-a-half hour ferry ride from Oban will take you to the tiny island of Colonsay which is home to the world’s smallest island brewery, where you can sample delicious beers and ales.
It may be better know for its whisky, but the Isle of Islay is also home to Islay Ales, the only brewery on the island. Don't miss the excellent selection of handcrafted ales including the award-winning Black Rock Ale.
"There are 3 main ingredients for making Laphroaig - Barley, Water, and Yeast, but the secret ingredient is the People" Iain Henderson - Head Distiller
Laphroaig (La-froyg) is the story of a community.
Caol Ila (pronounced 'cull-eela') 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 the six copper stills.
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.
There is no better tour - comprehensive, visually arresting, and well-planned, delivered with wit and nuggets of local knowledge - one gets the feeling that the tour has been specifically tailored just for you.
Follow your nose along the famous road from Port Ellen and you will eventually come to the most welcoming distillery on the island. Ardbeg's white-washed walls can be found nestling in a rocky cove on Islay's southern tip.