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Bowmore Distillery

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Address: School Street, Bowmore PA43 7JS, Scotland
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4-Day Isle of Islay Tour from Edinburgh: Whisky Distilleries Including...
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A Unique tour

Bowmore has the unique position of having a malting floor as part of their distillery. Getting to walk on the malt and turn it was a treat. The tour was well run, and easy to... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Carrie P
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Bowmore has the unique position of having a malting floor as part of their distillery. Getting to walk on the malt and turn it was a treat. The tour was well run, and easy to follow. The tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. We booked a tasting before the tour, which was special. And there is a always a dram... More 

Thank Carrie P
Management response:

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback. We were delighted to hear that you found the tour interesting and easy to follow and that you received a warm welcome from our team. We love being able to show visitors around our traditional maltbarns and it is great that you enjoyed seeing it. We hope to... More 

Budapest, Hungary
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 30 January 2017

The tour was great, the attention to detail and interest your people impart means I learn something new each visit, including this year, 6 tours and never a dull moment. But why have the cottages been moved away from this team, as it was a smooth operation with them, not so now. Incentives removed and the prices have rocketed and... More 

Thank kevgulson
Management response:

Hello, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us some feedback. We were delighted to see your kind comments about our tour. Our team agree that there is something new to learn in the distillery every day and we love that you continue to enjoy the tour each time you visit. Thank you for the feedback about... More 

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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Unless you're a scotch whisky aficionado, you probably know Laphroaig or Ardbeg or even Lagavullin better as examples of Islay whisky. But Bowmore is a favourite of mine and particularly if you don't know much about the making of whisky, offers a tour that really helps you to understand the steps in the process. The buildings at Bowmore are the... More 

Thank David B
Management response:

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an informative and detailed review of our distillery and the village of Bowmore. We are pleased to hear that our tour was educational and clearly explained the whisky making process from start to finish. Our Craftsman's tour is designed to be more in-depth and gives you plenty of... More 

Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Beautiful place, on a perfect day, we were lucky to have a tour guide to ourselves, who was a charming young lady (so sorry forgot your name) and explained the workings of the distillery so well and just reflected on how wonderful the people of Islay are. Thank you so much.

Thank Runrig1890
Management response:

Hello, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to send us some fantastic feedback. We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed a private distillery tour and a warm Islay welcome from our team. We hope to see you again soon. Best Wishes, Lynda and the team More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Bowmore Distillery is a must see on Islay! Its buildings and setting are beautiful; on the inside, its staff, whisky, and facilities are world class. Its large tasting room and retail shop are top notch. All-in-all, its a bright shiny lovely place.

Thank Jack S
Management response:

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us some fantastic feedback. David and the team are extremely proud of the distillery and take great care of all the production area's inside and out and it is great to hear that you enjoyed looking around. We are so lucky to have such a stunning view from our... More 

Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Had a great trip to Islay a couple of weeks ago. Stayed in the distillery cottages which were excellent (see separate review). I had to put a review of the distillery, as my friend and I did the tour twice it was so good! Both Lynn and Amy did a fantastic job of explaining the process, and both treated us... More 

Thank tonyswright
Management response:

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us some lovely feedback. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed our tour so much that you went along twice! Amy and Lynn we elated to see your comments and we are very proud of the warm welcome you received! We look forward to welcoming you back to... More 

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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Plummet yourself in a lively whisky tour hosted by one of the guides and enjoy the process as you go along. We even went for a swim in the barley that was drying on the maltfloor. Had a few fantastic drams on our way out and it was time well spend.

Thank Flippie F
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Thanks very much for your wonderful review of Bowmore Distillery. It sounds like you had a very fun and enjoyable tour, being able to enjoy the malt floors and a couple of drams to round of the experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to the distillery again soon. Kind Regards, Amy More 

Frankfurt, Germany
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315 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

We had a great tour with not so many people as Islay was very quiet end September. Our guide knew a lot, was very passionate and really considered the different people in the group. Bowmore allows you access to their malting floor and let's you observe the drying of the malt with peat smoke.

Thank neumanth
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Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to Bowmore Distillery. It's a great time of the year to visit Islay as the distilleries are a lot quieter and the staff have a lot more time to spend with visitors. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the distillery and that you... More 

Whitstable, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Our group did a tour and tasting here, guided well by Lauren. It was fun to walk on the malting floor and have a go at turning the barley. The maturation vault no.1 is also interesting. We had only a couple of drams but it is possible to buy more in the tasting area.

Thank Callimachus
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It is great to hear that your group enjoyed your tour and tasting at Bowmore Distillery. It is a special experience to have the opportunity to turn over the floor maltings, as there are so few distilleries left in Scotland who do this. I have passed on your kind words to Lauren who will be thankful for you taking the... More 

Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Wet day go indoors. Decided to visit Bowmore distillery luckily there was room on the tour. Booking recommended. Our guide was very knowledgable and took time to answer questions which was great. We even got the chance to turn the grain in the malting house. Following the tour everyone was invited to try the whisky with drivers being given theirs... More 

Thank Janet P
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Thank you very much for your lovely review of Bowmore Distillery. We're glad that you decided to come and visit us and managed to get a space on one of our tours. Hopefully you managed to enjoy your dram when you got home in your new Bowmore tasting glass. Please come back and visit us again soon, where you can... More 

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