Ardbeg Distillery

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Ardbeg Distillery: Who would believe that back in 1981, the distillery fell silent and was mothballed, with only very small scale distilling resuming in 1989. Between 1990 and 1996, it opened and closed with monotonous regularity, before finally closing, seemingly for good, in 1996. Fortunately in 1997, to the delight of fans all over the world Glenmorangie plc rescued Ardbeg and a team of dedicated souls set about repairing and reviving the distillery (not to mention repainting it!).

Now, once again Ardbeg flows freely. And in the Old Kiln Cafe you can enjoy a dram and Mary's celebrated home-cooking. You can also tour the place with the distillery folk and pick up a bottle or two from the Old Kiln Shop

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Once you arrive on Islay it's easy to find Ardbeg - although not quite so simple as following your nose. Take the low road south towards Port Ellen, pass Laphroaig, Lagavulin then before you come to the Kildalton Cross you'll see Ardbeg's rocky cove. We're open 7 days a week during the summer, but from October to June we close for the weekend. You can pick up a road map when you arrive in Islay. Right now you can look at our sightseers map by clicking on 'Distillery'. Look below for details about how to arrive by car ferry or air. A warming dram awaits you.


Caledonian MacBrayne (tel: 01475 650100) run the ferry between Kennacraig on the mainland and Port Ellen / Port Askaig on Islay. Normally 3 sailings daily, except Wednesdays and Sundays. Time: 2 hours. Prices start at £10.70 for a foot passenger and from £59 for a car (Winter Prices). Coach services operate from Glasgow to Kennacraig - contact Scottish Citylink Coaches on 08705 505050.


British Airways (tel: 0845 7733377) fly from Glasgow to Islay twice daily. Time: 30 mins. The little plane flies over Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and the Kildalton Distilleries before landing right beside the beach.


Opening times (September - May):
-10:00 AM - 4:00 PM10:00 AM - 4:00 PM10:00 AM - 4:00 PM10:00 AM - 4:00 PM10:00 AM - 4:00 PM-

Opening times (June - August):
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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Address: Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, Argyll, PA42 7EA, UK
Phone: +44 1496 302244

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