Whisky, beer and gin
Whisky, gin and beer
Islay is famed for its smoky single malt whiskies, with no less than nine distilleries (and one on neighbouring Jura) producing some of the most popular and unique whiskies in the world. Many of the distilleries are in some of Argyll & the Isles most stunning locations and offer a range of distillery tours throughout the distilleries, offering a tasting sample at the end. Bowmore, one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, is a great place to see traditional whisky-making and is the perfect place to start your whisky journey.
Sat just along the coast from Port Askaig, is Caol Ila Distillery, which looks out over the Sound of Islay towards Jura, not only will you see stunning views when you visit, it's also the largest distillery on the island. Lagavulin Distillery and their whiskies have a range of personalities. In its youth, the distillery's whisky is feisty and raw, with huge seaside smokiness; but as it ages, it quickly gains weight and elegance. It’s worth crossing the water to visit the Isle of Jura Distillery. Whisky isn’t the only drink produced on these islands; craft beer and gin are made here too.