Bowmore Distillery

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The First Islay Distillery

Bowmore distillery was founded in Islay in 1779, and is the home of the world's oldest scotch maturation warehouse; the Legendary No.1 Vaults.




Bowmore Distillery sources as much barley as possible from on the island of Islay, and the distillery retains a traditional floor malting, 

The distillery has an annual capacity of 2,000,000 litres, with fermentation undertaken in traditional wooden washbacks before the liquid is passed through two wash stills and then through two spirit stills.

The waste heat from the distillation process goes to heat a nearby community swimming pool - MacTaggart Leisure Centre - that was built in one of the distillery's former warehouses. 

Bowmore Distillery Tours


Bowmore Distillery
School Street
PA43 7JS

T: 01496 810330 


Best Hotels Near Distillery

Harbour Inn and Restaurant

Accommodation right at the heart of Islay, the Harbour Inn and Restaurant is situated in the heart of Bowmore within the legendary Bowmore Estate. Recently refurbished, this old whitewashed inn by the harbour has been brought up to date with seven stylish bedrooms and a conservatory with views across Loch Indaal towards Jura.

All seven spacious bedrooms are beautifully appointed, each with a superior quality en-suite bathroom.

Bowmore Distillery Cottages

Encapsulating Islay at its beautiful, peaceful, traditional best, a stay at Bowmore Distillery Cottages offers the chance to stay at the heart of one of Scotland's oldest distilleries.

There are five cottages within the Bowmore estate, all beautifully renovated to 4 Star Visit Scotland standard, varying in size from 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms, all en-suite.

Nearby Accommodation

  • The Lochside Hotel
  • Bowmore Hotel
  • Bowmore House
  • Bridgend Hotel  

Scotland's West Coast Whisky Trail

Explore The Whisky Coast from Isle of Arran, Campbeltown, Islay, Highlands and Skye, to the Isle of Lewis

Further Information

The Legendary No.1 Vaults

Virtual Reality

Take the full 360 degrees tour, lasting either 3 or 5 mins, with or without a VR headset 

Now, you can experience the unique atmosphere of the Vaults in full 360° splendor, by taking a virtual reality tour. You can view the tour on your desktop using Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge or Internet Explorer 11.

For the best experience use your iOS or Android mobile device.

Take the full 360 degrees tour, lasting either 3 or 5 mins, with or without a VR headset 



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