Islay Distillery - Ardbeg
Travel by Zodiac® to Ardbeg, one of the island’s fastest-growing distilleries that prides itself on strictly using traditional methods of production.
Traditional methods of production
The peatiest whisky on Islay
Sample some products
Level 2: Easy
Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing, and comfortable walking shoes
Islay is the southernmost of the Scotland’s Inner Hebrides and is known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’. The island has around 3,200 inhabitants and an impressive 130 miles of beautiful coastline.
Islay is probably best known for its malt whiskies and has eight working distilleries. Whisky is one of the most important sources of income for the island. Besides whisky, Islay has an abundance of wildlife, from seals and otters to geese, waders, and golden eagles. Local farmers and distiller John MacDougall established Ardbeg Distillery on Islay’s south coast in 1815, when commercial production began. Today, it is one of the island’s fastest-growing distilleries and prides itself on strictly using traditional methods of production.
Using malted barley sourced from the maltings at Port Ellen, Ardbeg claims to produce the peatiest whisky in Islay. Boasting several official bottlings, Ardbeg has garnered an array of accolades in recent years from Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and at international spirits competitions.
After a short Zodiac® transfer from the ship, enjoy a tour of the distillery followed by a tasting of five different drams from the core range in the Chairman’s Study.
Remarks/requirements: Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing, and comfortable walking shoes