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Tobermory Distillery

Overview

The distillery has been undergoing refurbishment in 2019 and hasn't been able to offer tours of the production areas. Hopefully full tours will be available in 2020, but in the meantime you can take part in whisky tasting sessions instead.

Tobermory Distillery produces two brands of malt; the soft and smooth Tobermory and the peated Ledaig (pronounced “Lay-chaik”) which is more full-bodied. It is an unfairly overlooked malt and the new "expressions" of 10 yr old Ledaig and 15yr old Tobermory are well worth seeking out as they deliver the peaty tones that will be liked by any fan of Islay malts.

Tobermory Distillery is a very small scale distillery and the atmosphere is very informal and relaxed. The tour starts with an Audio-Visual presentation (in English) and then you go on a guided walk around the mash room and still rooms, before concluding your tour in traditional fashion with a “wee dram”. 

Your guide will explain the theory behind the unusual shaped “lyne arm” on the stills. The design of the lyne arm determines how easily vapour escapes from the still, and Tobermory’s are designed to ensure only the lightest/purest vapours escape. 

Tobermory Distillery no longer has warehouses for maturing the whisky (the old warehouses are now the flats that you pass opposite the distillery) and the tour is a bit short as a result. This is not the sort of polished distillery tour that you get with the larger brands, but we would still recommend a visit, especially if you haven’t been to a distillery before.

Address:

Tobermory Distillery, Mull, PA75 6NR. Tel: 01688 302647

Operated by:

Burns Stewart

Opening Hours:

Open all year: Mon to Fri: 10am – 4pm / Weekends: 10am - 4pm

Admission:

£8 for the basic 45 min tour up to £20 for the tour with extended tasting session. (Children under 9 yrs not allowed on tour)

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English speaking guide.

Accessibility:

Toilets:

No

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No

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