Fèis Ìle 2023

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2023 ISLAY FESTIVAL.

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Welcome to information about Fèis Ìle 2023 - the Islay Festival.

The dates for 2023 are Friday 26th May to Saturday 3rd June inclusive.

After the success of our returning year, we're once again looking forward to 9 days of music, song, dancing, chatting, meeting friends old and new and perhaps having a wee bit of Islay whisky along the way!

For anyone who hasn't been to the festival before, ready the handy wee guide below. We will keep updating this page with info as soon as we can.

Finally, don't forget to join our mailing list below - we'll be sending out regular updates whenever we have festival news.

FESTIVAL
PROGRAMME 2023

THIS PROGRAMME FEATURES DAY EVENTS OF THE FESTIVAL

FOR EVENING EVENTS AND OTHER TICKETED EVENTS, HEAD TO OUR TICKETING PAGES
FRIDAY 26th MAY
OPENING EVENT
location
Port Ellen Playing Fields & The Ramsay Hall
TICKETED?
no
START TIME
5:30
end TIME
11pm approx
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
Join the Festival Committee to officially open the Festival!

Our family-friendly opening features street performers, Ceilidh dancing in the Ramsay Hall, live music, food and drink and much more!

Music and entertainment is free to all - come along and help us open the Festival in style!
SATURDAY 27th MAY
LAGAVULIN
location
Lagavulin Distillery
TICKETED?
Free general entry, no ticket required.
Ticketed experiences will be available to book online.
START TIME
10am
end TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Parking available in field opposite distillery.
Public transport only. Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tickets for Fèis Ìle experiences will go on sale on Malts.com from 4th April, 1pm.

For GB only, sign up to the Malts Club for early access here.

No age restrictions on entry, but must be 18+ to attend experiences.
Dog friendly for general entry, not for experiences.
SUNDAY 28th MAY
BRUICHLADDICH
location
Bruichladdich Distillery
TICKETED?
Yes. Tickets cost £10 and include 2 drams, a wristband and water bottle.
START TIME
12:30
end TIME
18:30
TRANSPORT & INFO
FREE FÈIS BUS SERVICE AND PARKING


BUSES
Departing Port Ellen - 09:00 - Arriving Bruichladdich - 10:00
Departing Bowmore - 09:00 - Arriving Bruichladdich - 10:00
Departing Bruichladdich - 15:00 - Arriving Bowmore – 15:30
Departing Bruichladdich – 15:15 - Arriving Port Ellen 16:00
Departing Bruichladdich – 18:30 - Arriving Bowmore – 19:00
Departing Bruichladdich – 18:45 - Arriving Port Ellen – 19:30

PARKING
Please use the parking on Uskentuie Strand with regular shuttle buses to the Distillery throughout the day.

EVENT INFO
The event will be ticketed to control numbers however if you haven’t managed to purchase a ticket you can still come down and we will operate a one out / one in system to ensure we don’t exceed our capacity.
Over 18's gate ticket includes wristband, water bottle and two free dram tokens which can be exchanged at any of our bars.
If you are fortunate enough to look under 25, we will be asking for ID before issuing wristbands which gives access to the bars.
Under 18's get a free water bottle there will be plenty of water and juice available. No access to bars.
FÈIS ÌLE BOWLING
location
Port Ellen Bowling Club
TICKETED?
No. £3 entry, just turn up.
START TIME
1.45pm
end TIME
When games finish!
Join for a Festival tradition. Lawn Bowls at the Port Ellen Bowling Club. Random pairs will be assigned on arrival.
MONDAY 29th MAY
CAOL ILA
location
Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, PA46 7RL
TICKETED?
Free general entry, no ticket required.
Ticketed experiences will be available to book online on the 4th April.
START TIME
10.00am
end TIME
5.00pm
TRANSPORT
Shuttle busses will be required to visit the site as no parking on site. Park at nearby field just outside Keills. Will be sign posted.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tickets for Fèis Ìle experiences will go on sale on Malts.com from 4th April, 1pm.

For GB only, sign up to the Malts Club for early access here.

No age restrictions on entry, but must be 18+ to attend experiences.
Dog friendly for general entry.
ISLE OF ISLAY GIN
location
Islay House Square, Bridgend
TICKETED?
Open Entry, free entry to Islay House Square
START TIME
10am
end TIME
7pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Use the bus stop at Bridgend and it's a short 5-10 minute walk to the Square. Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Join us in Islay Square for a day of whisky, gin, food and music. Islay Gin will be serving up delicious cocktails and G&Ts, Islay Whisky Vault will be offering old and rare bottle and dram sales as well as Islay Ales's range of beers, and great music is planned throughout the day with a live band and a BBQ from 1pm onwards. Entry is free.
ISLAY ALES
location
Bruichladdich Village Hall
TICKETED?
Yes, two sessions.
SESSION ONE
11am-2pm
SESSION TWO
3-6pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Use the bus stop at Bruichladdich. Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
£5 ticketed entry which includes a Fèis beer and goblet, plus food, music and entertainment, plus chat to the makers about how we brew the beer.
TUESDAY 30th MAY
LAPHROAIG
location
Laphroaig Distillery
TICKETED?
No ticket for general entry. Ticketed experiences will be available.
START TIME
10am
end TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
No age restrictions on entry, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Dog friendly outdoors.
ISLAY RUM
location
Islay Rum, Port Ellen
TICKETED?
Free general entry, no ticket required.
START TIME
10am
end TIME
8pm
TRANSPORT
No onsite parking.
We advise people to use the bus service to reach us, there is a bus stop at the distillery.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Join us at Islay Rum and take a break from whisky for an afternoon with a rum palete cleanser!

We’ll be serving up cocktails through the day from 10am – 8pm made with our signature white rum - Geal. You may even find something new this year with a smoky spiced twist. Fancy a bite to eat? We can help with that as well with food served throughout the afternoon featuring Islay’s very own locally made Orsay Sea Salt! We’ll also have a fantastic guitar and vocals duo to keep every second of your visit a joy to remember!

Children and dog friendly – all under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult and will only be permitted entry between 10am - 5pm.
INDIE WHISKY FÈIS ÌLE
location
Ramsay Hall, Port Ellen
TICKETED?
Yes
START & END TIMES
10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm and 6pm – 9pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
"Join us for one of three sessions 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm and 6pm – 9pm to meet a wide ranging group of independent bottlers and producers showcasing some of the finest whiskies Islay and Jura has produced. There promises to be festival exclusive bottles launched and exclusively available from the event as well as exciting whiskies to try."
WEDNESDAY 31st MAY
BOWMORE
location
Bowmore Distillery
TICKETED?
Free general entry, no ticket required.
START TIME
10am
end TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
"It’s almost time to throw open our gates once again, pull out some of our finest drams, and celebrate Fèis Ìle with friends old and new. Join us in the distillery yard on the shores of Loch Indaal as we unlock the spirit of Bowmore and Islay.

Our distillery open day will kick off at 10am with a range of experiences and tastings running throughout the day. Back by popular demand CORRA will be mixing up traditional Scottish music with rock and pop covers, our Bowmore bar will also be open and serving a selection of delicious drams and cocktails! Entry is free with lots to see and do.

As soon as we have more information to share, all of our tastings and experiences will be available to book at https://www.bowmore.com/experiences we expect our tickets to be available from mid-April.

No age restrictions on entry but all under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult. Must be 18+ to attend experiences.
Dog friendly for general entry, not for experiences.
ARDNAHOE
location
Ardnahoe Distillery
TICKETED?
Free general entry, no ticket required.
Ticketed experiences will be available to book online.
START TIME
9:30am
end TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Free shuttle bus available from Persabus
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tickets due for release on Thursday 6th April at  https://www.ardnahoedistillery.com time to be confirmed.

18+ only for events, under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Dog friendly outside only.
THURSDAY 1st JUNE
KILCHOMAN
location
Kilchoman Distillery
TICKETED?
Free general entry, no ticket required.
Ticketed experiences will be available to book online.
START TIME
9:30am
end TIME
Approx 4pm
TRANSPORT
There will be shuttle buses from the beginning of the Kilchoman Road to link up with the scheduled buses. Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Event info and tickets for ticketed events/tastings will be launched on our website – https://www.kilchomandistillery.com/ - release date tbc.
ISLAY WHISKY ACADEMY
location
Rhinns Hall, Portnahaven
TICKETED?
Free general entry, no ticket required.
Ticketed experiences will be available to book online.
START TIME
10am
end TIME
6pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Event info and tickets at https://islaywhiskyacademy.scot/iwa-open-day-feis-ile-2023/

"10.00 – 18.00 MUSIC, MAGIC, MARVELLOUS SCOTCH, LOVE, LAUGHTER + SCONES!"

Ticketed events include:

10. 30 - LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF SCOTCH
Scotch whisky may be easy on the tongue, but their Gaelic names can be a challenge! Come along to the Language of Scotch workshop and learn the foundations of the Gaelic language – through a whisky perspective.

12.15 PM - COURTING THE DRAM WORKSHOP
Dive head-first into a sensory discovery of whisky aromas. Through a guided immersion into five unique whiskies, you are invited to explore the possibilities of sensation and deconstruct the dram. Featuring interactive exercises, thought experiments, and engaging discussions, you will be challenged to develop your nosing and tasting skills.

13.30 CEOL MOR AND SCOTCH EXPERIENCE
The structure of a good whisky and the structure of Ceol Mor are essentially similar.
Listen to four distinct piping tunes, matched with 4 distinct whiskies.
Discuss how the flow of each dram corresponds with the flow of each tune.

15.15 – 17.15 WHISKY & WITCHES SHOW
Be immersed in a Mystical, Magical, Musical Experience. Hear haunting songs exploring Scottish and Nordic Mythology.
Experience an immersive tasting, exploring 6 x single cask drams, 5 from spirit filled, 1 private single cask from Islay.

18+ only. Dog friendly.
MAC-TALLA
location
The Machrie Hotel Courtyard
TICKETED?
£25
SESSION ONE
1pm-3pm
SESSION TWO
4pm-6pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Please view the bus timetables here: Islay Bus Timetable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
'Journey of Taste' Festival with Mac-Talla Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers are delighted to host a ‘Journey of Taste’ Whisky Festival in the Machrie Luxury Golf Hotel Courtyard.

Join us for a complimentary welcome dram at the bar before discovering a range of Islay Single Malt Whiskies, including the Mac-Talla PX Fèis Ìle Limited Edition while enjoying festival lawn games and Islay BBQ with live music from Islay Scottish Folk Band ‘Tàlan’.

Ticket Price: £25
Ticket price includes: Welcome dram, branded glass, BBQ meal and games for prizes.
ELIXIR DISTILLERS
The Elixir Distillers Fèis Ìle Bar Takeover!!!!
location
The Lochside
TICKETED?
No
time
7pm onwards
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Held in ‘The Snug’ at the Lochside Hotel, Bowmore, Thursday 1st June from 7pm. The Elixir Team will be there there on the night making range of cocktails from locally sourced ingredients, mixed up with our Elements of Islay Cask Edition. We will also be showcasing our core range from Elements of Islay alongside our 2023 Fèis Ìle exclusive!
FRIDAY 2nd JUNE
BUNNAHABHAIN
location
Bunnahabhain Distillery
TICKETED?
No ticket required for general entry.
Ticketed experiences will be available to book online.
START TIME
10am
end TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
NOTE YOU MUST USE THE PARKING AND SHUTTLE AT PERSABUS.  THE BUNNAHABHAIN ROAD IS CLOSED BEYOND ARDNAHOE - THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS TO THE DISTILLERY EXCEPT BY SHUTTLE BUS.

Parking Persabus field at entrance to Bunnahabhain road, shuttle bus from road end all day. Unfortunately dogs will not be allowed on the shuttle buses.
JURA WHISKY
location
Jura Distillery
TICKETED?
No.
Ticketed tours will be available to buy online.
START TIME
10am
end TIME
6pm
TRANSPORT
Free shuttle bus from Feolin ferry to distillery.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tickets will be available at https://www.jurawhisky.com/en/distillery/our- tours/

Dog friendly, but not allowed in distillery building.
SATURDAY 3rd JUNE
ARDBEG
location
Ardbeg Distillery
TICKETED?
Open entry - £10 (tbc) on entry, no pre-booking required.
START TIME
10am
end TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Parking available at the Distillery.
Please do not park along the road at Lagavulin, as this means the scheduled buses cannot get to Ardbeg.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Ardbeg Day Details are here: Ardbeg Day

Ardbeg Day experiences (special tours and tastings on the day) are not bookable in advance. They are available on a first come-first served basis as you enter.

Dog friendly on site, no age restrictions on entry.

SUNDAY 4th JUNE
FÈIS ÌLE BOWLING
location
Bridgend Bowling Green
TICKETED?
No. £3 entry, just turn up.
START TIME
1.45pm
end TIME
When games finish!
Join for a Festival tradition. Lawn Bowls at the Bridgend Bowling Green. Random pairs will be assigned on arrival.
MULTI-DAY EVENTS
A TASTE OF JURA
location
Islay Gaelic Centre
TICKETED?
No ticket needed
START TIME
11am
end TIME
5pm
A TASTE OF JURA

Come along to the Gaelic Centre in Bowmore to sample the best that the wilderness of the Isle of Jura has to offer.

Lussa Gin is a female owned and run distillery, using fifteen botanicals that can be grown or gathered from the island’s hills, coastline, glens and gardens.

Deer Island Rum is handcrafted and bottled on Jura. The spiced rum sees Scottish distilled white rum, aged in ex bourbon casks, blended with unique island water, orange peel, raisins and punchy spice.

The Laughing Stag is a light and easy drinking pale ale made by the Jura Brewery and it pairs very well with the amazing pies made by Kirsty at the Island Bakehouse.

Meet the owners and makers to sample and purchase their wares on Tuesday 30th May, Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June from 11.00am until 5.00pm.

No ticket necessary

Fèis Ìle bottlings

Please remember that the Fèis Ìle Committee do not have any special access to information about Festival bottlings. Please contact the distilleries directly with any queries.
Fèis Ìle 2023

QUICK START GUIDE

If you've not been before, follow these steps to make the best of your festical experience!

1. ACCOMMODATION

A place to stay is the first thing you need to sort - with the island so busy at festival time, it can be hard to find what you need. We're working with our friends at Explore Islay and Jura to  find a way to let you know about any vacancies.

2. TRAVEL

Once you've sorted your accommodation, it's time to think about travel! Calmac release their summer timetable for 2023 at the end of January so keep checking for updates and get your tickets early. You can also check Loganair if you'll be flying in.

3. TICKETS

You don't need an ticket to come to Fèis Ìle - you just need travel and accommodation. The majority of the distillery days are open to all, though some charge a small fee, as well as having ticketed events.

EVENT TICKETS
Over the week there are events which you can buy tickets to. There's two main types of events, the official Fèis Ìle events and the ones run by the distilleries.
 - Fèis Ìle event tickets will now be released in early 2023 - we will send an email to our mailing list with updates. Keep checking social media for details as we will release them as soon as we possibly can.
 - Distillery events start being released around two months before the festival. We'd recommend you sign up to updates from your favourite distilleries, though we will share information where we can.

3. COME AND HAVE FUN

And that's pretty much it. Be prepared to come and experience the Queen of the Hebrides (that's Islay) in the busiest, most atmosphere packed time of the year - we look forward to seeing you then.

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while you wait...

Have a look at some of the videos and events that we created for our Virtual Festival!

NEED MORE INFO?

Head to our information page with Frequently Asked Questions, travel info, links and more.
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