Website with explanation of distillation process and the people who work there as well as a shop and details of the tours available. You can now also sign up for regular updates from the distillery by joining their North Star mailing list.
Bunnahabhain has a Visitor Centre and is open for visitors: mid-March to end-October (see website for details), Monday to Saturday, 10am - 4.45pm, website now states open on SUndays from May (2015) - not clear if this is just for the summer.
Tours cost £7. Tasting Tours and Manager's Tours are also available - book ahead for all tours. Check website for times/prices.
Bunnahabhain means the mouth (or foot) of the river, the Margadale River drains into Bunnahabhain Bay just to the north of the distillery.
Bunnahabhain was founded by William and John Greenlees, local farmers, and William Robertson of Robertson & Baxter in 1881, though production didn't start until 1883. The distillery soon merged with William Grant & Co (owners of Glenrothes, not to be confused with William Grant & Sons of Glenfiddich) to form Highland Distilleries, which was later to become Highland Distillers. Robertson & Baxter became Edrington, who with William Grant & Sons bought Highland Distillers in 1999 for £600m. Confused?
Edrington sold Bunnahabhain to Burn Stewart Distillers (who already owned Deanston and Tobermory) in 2003.
Along with their other single malts, Burn Stewart relaunched Bunnahabhain at 46.3% unchilfiltered in 2010.
Traditionally, Bunnahabhain is an unpeated whisky, but peated spirit now accounts for around 20% of production - this was partly to expand the availability of peaty whisky for Black Bottle, but they have also released Toiteach and an even peatier travel retail product called Cruach-Mhòna (Gaelic for "peat stack").
Bunnahabhain is the home of the Black Bottle blend which includes all Islay malts.
Burn Stewart were bought by South African drinks company, Distell, in April 2013. Distell also produce the excellent Bain's Cape Mountain Grain Whisky, but their most visible brand in the UK is Savanna Dry Cider. (Not to be confused with the West Lothian based Distell, who make Fish Freshness Meters).
Malt Madness, Undiscovered Scotland, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk Whisky Classified
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Open Cycle Map Bing Map Nearby: Caol Ila Jura Bowmore
Bunnahabhain Distillery is about 4 miles north of Port Askaig. The track shown on the map linking the Caol Ila and Bunnahabhain roads is not a public road. From Port Askaig the second road on the right leads to Bunnahabhain - it's a rather longer trek than that to Caol Ila, but a pleasant ride in good weather, particularly if your journey along the narrow winding road, doesn't coincide with a tanker bound to or from the distillery!
Port Askaig is one of the two ports on Islay served by CalMac from Kennacraig Winter Summer). Getting to Kennacraig? - see main Islay page.
The core range is 12yo, 18yo, 25yo, all bottled unchillfiltered at 46.3%. A limited edition of 750 bottles of 40yo has been released at 41.7%. The peated Toiteach (46%) (Gaelic for "smoky" - pronounced Toch Chach) is now also regularly available.
Plenty of independent bottles available of both the standard Bunnahabhain and the peaty variety.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Islay Cycles 07760 196592
Run from the Port Ellen Boatyard, in the Business Park (behind the White Hart Hotel). Not a shop as such, but hire, sales, accessories and repairs available - see website/ring for further details.
Brian Palmer describes himself as "the only cycle repairer and spare parts person in Bowmore", and can be contacted via Catherine MacTaggart who hires bikes from Bowmore Post Office (01496 810366).
Bike Hire in Persabus (near Port Askaig on the road to Bunnahabhain) 01496 840753.
Nearest Cycle Shops Lochgilphead (18 miles from Kennacraig), Oban
Nevis Cycles 87 George Street, Oban 01631 566033
David Graham 13-15 Combie Street, Oban 01631 562069
Crinan Cycles 34 Argyll Street, Lochgilphead 01546 603511
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Bunnahabhain Distillery are available on Flickr.