Location and contact details

Location" Location: Kilchoman Distillery, Rockside Farm, Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA49 7UT
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0)1496 850 011
Email" Email: tours[at]
Web" Web:
Twitter" Twitter: (@Kilchoman05)

Facts and figures

LocationKilchoman Distillery, Rockside Farm, Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA49 7UT
Stills1 wash still
1 spirit still
Capacity90,000 litres

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary through the year; check for details of opening hours.


Distillery Tour £6

The Distillery Tour lasts approximately one hour and includes a tasting of two drams.

Premium Tour £25

A 90 minute depth tour with one of the senior tour guides, which includes a tutored tasting in the tasting room of the range of Kilchoman expressions available at the time of your visit.

Stillmans' Tour £20

A 90 minute Distillery Tour lead by one of the distillery’s stillman, taking you through the whole process from traditional floor malting to bottling, with the opportunity to taste our 'New Make Spirit' as well as sampling straight from the cask and some of Kilchoman's expressions available at the time of your visit. Come along and find out what it takes to run Islay’s Farm Distillery.


The distillery began production in June 2005, and was the first to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years. The distillery 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.

It is one of only six Scottish distilleries still doing traditional floor-maltings, and will be unique in having all parts of the process - growing barley, malting, distilling, maturing and bottling - carried out on Islay.

The distillery first filled casks on 14 December 2005 and the distillery began bottling 3 year old single malt in September 2009. Kilchoman also intends to release 5, 8, 10 and 12 Year old bottlings. The whisky will primarily age in bourbon casks, though sherry casks will also be employed. The first official Kilchoman, the "Inaugural release" was released in 2009 and the first 100% Islay whisky released in 2011.

The whisky produced by the Port Ellen maltings are peated to the same levels as Ardbeg, while the malt peated on their own floor maltings will be approximately 25 ppm.
Information correct as of 22/05/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Kilchoman Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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