Stop number four on our whiskey trail was Bunnahabhain distillery. There’s a long narrow road down to this area. We think some nearby houses are for distillery workers.
Stop number five was nearby, the Caol Ila distillery.
What’s distinctive about Islay whiskey you may ask? It’s the peat. There’s a smokiness to Islay whiskey that makes it quite distinct from other whiskey in Scotland.
We were truly out for a drive as we drive all the way to Portnahaven just to check it out.
More driving took us to Finnlagan, the former seat of the isles. It is situated on an island in the middle of a lake, quite a beautiful setting!
Port Askaig is home to one of the two ferry terminals on Islay. I’d recommend booking ahead of time.
Stop number two during Islay’s weeklong whiskey tour – Ardbeg. They have an excellent restaurant here and lots of parking so it makes for a nice stop. You can also get your photo taken with a large still! You’ll notice they had one whiskey named after the Kildalton cross. Ardbeg turned 200 last year (2015).
Stop number three – Bowmore. We went into the tasting room here which had a small terrace area.