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Caol Ila Distillery - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Caol Ila Distillery

Caol Ila is the largest of the eight working distilleries on the island of Islay. In 1986, the distillery became part of the United Distillers conglomerate, leading to the first “semi-official” bottling range in 1989, Flora & Fauna.

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4.43km from Caol Ila Distillery

Finlaggan is a historic site on Eilean Mòr in Loch Finlaggan. The Loch, the island, and Finlaggan Castle lie around two kilometres to the northwest of Ballygrant on Islay. The Finlaggan Trust maintains the site and also refurbished a derelict cottage that has been converted into a comprehensive museum. The centre contains numerous artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations: from a sheep wool quilted aketon, worn under armour, to an ancient cross related to the lords.

Paps of Jura

Paps of Jura

7.71km from Caol Ila Distillery

The Paps of Jura are three mountains on the western side of the island of Jura. They are steep-sided quartzite hills with distinctive conical shapes resembling breasts. The word pap is an ancient word of Old Norse origin for the breast. One of the simplest routes of ascent starts from Craighouse. The route of the annual Isle of Jura Fell Race includes all three Paps and four other hills.

Isle of Jura Distillery Co

Isle of Jura Distillery Co

10.17km from Caol Ila Distillery

Jura distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery on the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides off the West Coast of Scotland. The distillery is owned by Glasgow founded and based Whyte and Mackay, which in turn is owned by Philippines-based Emperador Inc. The distillery was founded by the Laird of Jura, Archibald Campbell in 1810.

Bowmore Distillery

Bowmore Distillery

15.63km from Caol Ila Distillery

Bowmore is a distillery that produces Scotch whisky on the Isle of Islay, an island of the Inner Hebrides. Bowmore produces about 2 million litres of alcohol per year. They produce on two wash stills and two spirit stills and get their water from the river Laggan. Morrison Bowmore also own the Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch distilleries and produce the McClelland's Single Malt range of bottlings.



20.24km from Caol Ila Distillery

Oronsay is asmall tidal island south of Colonsay in the Scottish Inner Hebrides with an area of 543 hectares. The island has no facilities for visitors and is now privately owned. There is a small grass air strip south of the priory that "fights a losing battle with the rabbits. A beautiful natural location which was blessed with antureal beauty and also there are so many other things to see.

Kilchoman Distillery

Kilchoman Distillery

21.41km from Caol Ila Distillery

Kilchoman is a small-scale, farm-based distillery located at Rockside Farm, not far from Bruichladdich. It produces produces single malt Scotch whisky and it uses barley grown on site at Rockside Farm and malted at the distillery, as well as malt from the Port Ellen maltings and releases separate bottlings depending on the source of the grain.

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Argyll and Bute Council

Argyll and Bute is one of 32 unitary authority council areas in Scotland and a lieutenancy area. It has miles of coastline with truly stunning views and is known as Scotland’s Adventure Coast with all its experiences available for the visitor. The islands are a great attraction for visitors each with something different to offer, sandy beaches, stunning scenery, remoteness, wildlife, seabirds and island hospitality.

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