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FÈIS ÌLE 2024 INFO

The Distillery Days for 2024
(Click day for info)
SATURDAY 25TH MAY
LAGAVULIN, ISLAY RUM AND
ISLAY WHISKY VAULT

SUNDAY 26TH MAY
BRUICHLADDICH

MONDAY 27TH MAY
CAOL ILA, ISLAY GIN AND ISLAY ALES

TUESDAY 28TH MAY
LAPHROAIG, PORT ELLEN DISTILLERY (PM),
INDIE WHISKY FÈIS ÌLE (3 SESSIONS)

WEDNESDAY 29TH MAY
BOWMORE, ARDNAHOE, MAC-TALLA

THURSDAY 30TH MAY
KILCHOMAN

FRIDAY 31ST MAY
BUNNAHABHAIN, JURA

SATURDAY 1ST JUNE
ARDBEG
TAXI NUMBERS

FRIDAY 24TH MAY

FÈIS ÌLE OPENING EVENT

LOCATION
The Ramsay Hall, Port Ellen Playing Fields
TICKETED
No
START TIME
5:00pm
END TIME
10:30pm approx
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Click here for the bus timetable.
EVENT INFO
Join us for the parade through Port Ellen and then be entertained with circus entertainment, live music, food and more! More details to follow

OTHER EVENTS

BIG PEAT WHISKY TASTING
Join Big Peat’s Ambassador in Peatzeria, Bowmore, for a slice of the finest that Islay has to offer in celebration of Fèis Ìle 2024!

SATURDAY 25TH MAY

LAGAVULIN

LOCATION
LAGAVULIN DISTILLERY
TICKETED
No. Free general entry.
START TIME
10am
END TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Limited parking on-site. Public transport only. Click here for the bus timetable.
EVENT INFO
Join the team at Lagavulin for a festival day not to be missed!
Amazing entertainment from Mànran, Rhuvaal, plus Donnie McKinnon & Friends - plus lots of games, prizes, audience participation and on-stage challenges!
There will be fantastic food on offer from: The Pie Hole, Pizza Geeks, The Oyster Shed and Machina Coffee.
Plus drams & cocktail bar!

ISLAY RUM

LOCATION
Islay Rum Distillery, Port Ellen
TICKETED
No. Free general entry.
START TIME
10am
END TIME
8pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Click here for the bus timetable. No parking onsite.
EVENT INFO
Come and join us for a relaxing day of music, great locally produced seafood from Orsay Sea Salt and refreshing cocktails served from our Airstream Bar as well as the launch of our very first aged rum – Islay Rum Barrel Aged, a beautifully matured rum rested in ex-Islay Whisky casks.

Meet the team behind Islay rum and enjoy an in depth look at how our various rums are made, tour the distillery and chat to the people who are hands on in production!

Children are welcome with an accompanying adult between 10am – 5pm.

Well behaved dogs welcome throughout the day.

ISLAY WHISKY VAULT

LOCATION
The Islay Whisky Vault, Islay House Square
TICKETED
Yes. Tickets are £10 and available here.
START TIME
1pm
END TIME
6pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only, alight from the bus in Bridgend. Click here for the bus timetable.
EVENT INFO
Come along to the inaugural Islay Whisky Vault Open Day in Islay House Square!
The entrance fee will be £10 which will include a tasting glass, lanyard with welcoming dram & lucky ticket which will provide an opportunity to win an Islay Whisky Vault Special Release Festival bottling!
On the day we will be offering a Special Fèis Ìle Release Islay Whisky Vault Single Cask, Cask Strength bottling! We will also have other exclusive Special Release Islay Whisky Vault Single Cask, Cask Strength bottles.
At the bar we will have a large range of old, rare & collectable Islay whiskies for sale along with Islay Ales.
Food will be available on the day including Bridgend Burgers, Scozzese Pizza, & Ma MacKinnon Soup.
There will be live music from local artists including pipe/drums, accordionist & singers.
There will be an auction of special Islay Whiskies in the afternoon with the proceeds going to charity. There will also be a raffle for a selection of Islay's finest malts. The open day will commence at 1pm & finish at 6pm - we hope to see you there!

OTHER EVENTS

THE FIRST FLING
The First Fling Ceilidh with the Midgies Ceilidh Band! Ramsay Hall, Port Ellen starting at 8pm.

Limited tickets on the door, arrive early.

SUNDAY 26TH MAY

BRUICHLADDICH

LOCATION
BRUICHLADDICH DISTILLERY
TICKETED
START TIME
12:30pm
END TIME
6:45pm
TRANSPORT
TBC
EVENT INFO
"Bruichladdich Distillery’s famous Rock’ndaal Festival returns on Sunday 26th of May. We’ll be coming to you live from our distillery courtyard and broadcasting to fans across the world. This year we’ve got a loaded programme packed with music, dance, whisky, gin and so much more. A festival like no other.

Live Music - Bruichladdich stalwarts Tide Lines return to headline this years Rock’ndaal alongside a brand new lineup, including Scottish rock duo, Saint Phnx, the genre-bending Talisk, and Islay locals Ciara MacTaggart and Shane MacKinnon among others."

Bus Times

To Bruichladdich

Bus 1 - Departing Port Ellen 09:00, Arrive Bruichladdich 09:45

Bus 2 - Departing Bowmore 09:15, Arrive Bruichladdich 09:45

From Bruichladdich

Bus 1 - Departing Bruichladdich 15:00, Arrive Bowmore 15:30

Bus 2 - Departing Bruichladdich 15:15, Arrive Port Ellen 16:00

Bus 1 - Departing Bruichladdich 18:30, Arrive Port Ellen 19:15

Bus 2 - Departing Bruichladdich 18:45, Arrive Bowmore 19:15

Parking:

Free parking will be available on the Uiskentuie Strand again with a shuttle bus running to and from distillery.

For everyone’s safety we encourage people not to park along the side of the road!

OTHER EVENTS

COASTLINE TOUR
Join the Islay Sea Adventures Crew plus Florence and Douglas for a Fèis special! Pre-booked tickets only.

MONDAY 27TH MAY

CAOL ILA

LOCATION
Caol Ila Distillery
TICKETED
No. General entry is free.
START TIME
10am
END TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Car parking will available in the field at Keills with shuttle buses going down to the distillery, no parking on site.
EVENT INFO
Join the team down by the Sound for a unique Festival Day!
Amazing entertainment from Elephant Sessions, Rhuvaal and Islay's own Tàlan - plus lots of games, prizes, audience participation and on-stage challenges!
There will be fantastic food on offer from: The Pie Hole, Pizza Geeks, The Oyster Shed and Machina Coffee.
Plus drams & cocktail bar!

No age limit on entry. Over 18’s only on tastings and experiences. Dogs will be allowed on site. No dogs allowed on experiences or tours.

ISLAY ALES

LOCATION
The Brewery, Glenegedale, PA42 7AS. Across from Islay Airport.
TICKETED
General Entry Free
START TIME
10am
END TIME
6pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Click here for the bus timetable.
EVENT INFO
Come and Join us to celebrate our 20th Year in our new brewery!

 Our Open Day is on the Monday 27th May and will be from 10am until 6pm at our new brewery site at The Brewery, Glenegedale!

General entry is free, and we will also have two sessions of our ‘Beer with the Brewer’ tour and tasting for £10. First session at 11am (click here for tickets) and second session at 3pm (click here for tickets) .

This will include a tour of the brewery and tasting of our core beer range (tasting is free). The two sessions will last for 1 hour and you get a Fèis Ìle goblet to use during the session and to take away with you.

We are also planning a brewery quiz, with prizes of different sizes of cases of beer. Times tbc
 
There will be food options and much more - we look forward to welcoming you!

ISLE OF ISLAY GIN

LOCATION
Isle of Islay Gin, Islay House Square
TICKETED
No. General entry free.
START TIME
12pm
END TIME
6pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Click here for the bus timetable. .
EVENT INFO
Join the Islay Gin team for gin, cocktails, canapés and mocktails! Plus a BBQ and local music!

OTHER EVENTS

THE ILLICIT DISTILLERS EXPERIENCE
Hear the story of the Illicit Distillers and re-create the making of the spirit! 2-4PM

Finlaggan Visitor's Centre. Pre-booked tickets only.
SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST AVAILABLE
THE SINGLE CASK SAUCY SESSION ONE
Bridgend Saucy Session 1: Lunchtime Garden BBQ. 12PM - 2PM
Lunchtime BBQ with burgers, our whisky infused sauces, three single cask Islay drams OR your choice of Helles Lager or Amber Rye from Wasted Degrees.

At the Bridgend Hotel, Islay
MAC-TALLA
JOURNEY OF TASTE WALK
Join us for a scenic guided walk along the coast of Islay with 4 accompanying drams influenced by Islay's Landscape.

SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST AVAILABLE
THE WHISKY NOSING AND CEILIDH
Pit your whisky wits against the rest of the Fèis crowd. Identify your Islay spirits by nose alone! Followed by the Pipe Band, Dancers and an Islay Ceilidh with local band Tàlan. Not to be missed!
 Pre-booked tickets only.

TUESDAY 28TH MAY

LAPHROAIG

LOCATION
LAPHROAIG DISTILLERY
TICKETED
No. Free general entry.
START TIME
10am
END TIME
4:30pm
TRANSPORT
Limited parking on site. Shuttle bus running to and from Port Ellen Co-op throughout the day
Public Transport available: Click here for the bus timetable.
EVENT INFO
Live music from Reely Jiggered and The Laurettes!
Also featuring local stalls, Islay Oysters, Scozzese Pizza, Balaclava Byre, The Bay Fish & Chips plus lunches from St. John's Church!

No age limit on entry. Over 18’s only on tastings and experiences.
Dogs will be allowed on site. No dogs allowed on experiences or tours.
INFO ON LAPHROAIG.COM

PORT ELLEN DISTILLERY

LOCATION
Port Ellen Distillery
TICKETED
Free general entry. Outside bar (card only), food vendors on shorefront and live DJ .
START TIME
12pm Courtyard and shoreside open, First experiences start at 1pm.
END TIME
Food Vendors and Bar closes at 5:30, Courtyard and Shoreside close at 6pm.
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Click here for the bus timetable.
Parking extremely limited, Small number of spaces exclusively for blue badge holders
EVENT INFO
The first ever Port Ellen Distillery Fèis Ìle Day.
Experiences bookable via Malts.com from 12pm on Tuesday 12th April.

THE INDIE WHISKY FÈIS ÌLE

LOCATION
The Ramsay Hall, Port Ellen
TICKETED
Yes, details below
START TIME
3 sessions, as below
END TIME
3 sessions, as below
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Click here for the bus timetable.
EVENT INFO
Join the best of independent bottlers at the Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle!
There will be three sessions:
10am - 1pm. Tickets here.
2pm - 5pm. Tickets here.
6pm - 9pm. Tickets here.

Visit the Indie Whisky Fèis Ìle to meet a wide ranging group of independent bottlers showcasing some of the finest whiskies from Islay and Jura and beyond. There promises to be new releases exclusively available from the event as well as a wide range of exciting whiskies to try.
There's a record number of confirmed Independent Bottlers this year, including:
Douglas Laing
Dràm Mòr Group Ltd.
Dramfool
Elixir Distillers
Jack Wiebers Whisky World/Formel Lau
Lady of the Glen
Little Brown Dog Spirits
Mac-Talla Whisky (Morrison Distillers)
Rhythm and Booze Records
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society UK
The Single Cask
The Uncharted Whisky Co.
Vintage Malt Whisky Company
W.D. O'Connell Whiskey Merchants
Woodrow's of Edinburgh


Food is also available at all sessions, provided by a local Islay Charity. The evening session will feature a BBQ.

This session will feature Masterclass Tastings hosted by exhibitors, watch this space for further details and separate tickets.

All funds raised go back to the Fèis Committee to further their aims in the Community.
Over 18’s only. No dogs allowed.
INDIE EVENT TASTINGS
CLICK IMAGES FOR TICKETS

OTHER EVENTS

THE ILLICIT DISTILLERS EXPERIENCE
Hear the story of the Illicit Distillers and re-create the making of the spirit! 2-4PM

Finlaggan Visitor's Centre. Pre-booked tickets only.

SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST AVAILABLE
THE FOLK NIGHT
Our Traditional Folk Night - always one of the highlights of the week. Overflowing with local talent: singing, music, piping and usually a special guest or two!
Kindly hosted by Ardbeg Distillery, entry includes a pie and a pint. Pre-booked tickets only.
SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST AVAILABLE (BUT VERY LONG...)

WEDNESDAY 29TH MAY

ARDNAHOE

LOCATION
Ardnahoe Distillery
TICKETED
No. General entry is free with a free dram included.
START TIME
12pm
END TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Traffic for the Ardnahoe festival day will park at Persabus - we will be running a free shuttle service to the distillery throughout the day.
EVENT INFO
Join Ardnahoe for their first Festival Day with their own whisky plus a first Ardnahoe Fèis release on the day!

"We will have live music throughout the day from Rhuvaal, and a special performance from Islay’s very own Ella Edgar Dancers.
We will have a variety of local producers offering seafood, grilled food, and pizzas plus a both an inside & outside licensed bar, with a range of coffee & soft drinks also.

No age limit on entry. Over 18’s only on tastings and experiences. Dogs will be allowed on site. No dogs allowed on experiences or tours.

BOWMORE

LOCATION
Bowmore Distillery
TICKETED
Free General Entry
START TIME
10am
END TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only and no parking onsite. Click here for the bus timetable.
EVENT INFO
t’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 on Wednesday 29th May and we will have a range of captivating experiences and tastings taking place within the distillery grounds. Our musical guests, CORRA and ATLANTIC REEL will be entertaining us with a mix of traditional Scottish music and rock and pop covers, and our Bowmore bar will be open and serving a selection of delicious whiskies and cocktails! Entry is free with lots to see and do.
BOWMORE INFO

MAC-TALLA

LOCATION
Machrie Hotel and Golf Links
TICKETED
Yes
START TIME
4pm
END TIME
7pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Click here for the bus timetable.
EVENT INFO
Mac-Talla Islay Whisky 'Journey of Taste' Festival.
The Mac-Talla Islay Whisky team are delighted to host a tropical Journey of Taste Whisky Festival at the Machrie Luxury Golf Hotel Courtyard.
INFO AND TICKETS

OTHER EVENTS

THE ILLICIT DISTILLERS EXPERIENCE
Hear the story of the Illicit Distillers and re-create the making of the spirit! 2-4PM

Finlaggan Visitor's Centre. Pre-booked tickets only.

SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST AVAILABLE
THE SINGLE CASK "BOWMORE SAUCY SESSION"
Bowmore Saucy Session: Legendary Bowmore Burger & Whisky Tasting at The Bowmore Hotel.
Legendary Bowmore Burger, served with our whisky-infused sauces, three Islay single cask drams and your choice of Helles Lager or Amber Rye.
SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST AVAILABLE
BIG PEAT WHISKY TASTING QUIZ
Whisky Tasting and Quiz! Taste a fantastic line-up from Douglas Laing and the Big Peat vaults, and test your whisky and Islay knowledge!
ROBIN LAING: A WHISKY FLAVOURED CONCERT
Whisky Flavoured Concert hosted by Robin Laing, the Whisky Bard. Songs of whisky and islands!

Pie and a dram included. Pre-booked tickets only.
Mairi McGillivray at Fèis Ìle
Fèis Ìle presents a night with three award winning folk singers, Abigail Pryde of Heron Valley, Paul McKenna of The Paul McKenna Band and Islay’s own Mairi McGillivray.
Doors open at 6:45pm with performances beginning at 7:30pm.
Entry price includes two drams.
Profits will go back to Islay High School to support their 2024 Expedition. Under 18's welcome, under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.

THURSDAY 30TH MAY

KILCHOMAN

LOCATION
Kilchoman Distillery
TICKETED
Free Entry
START TIME
10am
END TIME
4:00pm
TRANSPORT
On-site free parking. There will be shuttle taxis running from the Strand throughout the day. No bookings, just first-come, first-served basis
EVENT INFO
Join Kilchoman at their Open Day! Free general entry!

Live music from Rhuvaal, Ceol an Aire and the Kilchoman Isle of Islay Pipe Band and join the Ceilidh in the Courtyard!

BBQ, salad bar, home baking and more available.

For advance notification and information, sign up for free to become a Kilchoman Club Member here.

No age limit on entry. Over 18’s only on tastings and experiences. Dogs will be allowed on site. No dogs allowed on experiences or tours.
KILCHOMAN INFO

OTHER EVENTS

THE MYSTERY BUS TOUR
Where will it go? Nobody knows! (Except us of course...) Three course meal and drams included.
 Pre-booked tickets only.
THE SINGLE CASK SAUCY SESSION TWO
Bridgend Saucy Session 3: Lunchtime Garden BBQ. 12PM - 2PM
Lunchtime BBQ with burgers, our whisky infused sauces, three single cask Islay drams and your choice of Helles Lager or Amber Rye from Wasted Degrees.

At the Bridgend Hotel, Islay

FRIDAY 31ST MAY

BUNNAHABHAIN

LOCATION
Bunnahabhain Distillery
TICKETED
No. General entry is free.
START TIME
10am
END TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Shuttle bus available from Persabus Farm, parking available at Persabus field at the head of Bunnahabhain road
EVENT INFO
Join the team down at Bunnahabhain for live music and more on the Sound of Islay!

No age limit on entry. Over 18’s only on tastings and experiences. Dogs will be allowed on site. No dogs allowed on experiences or tours.
BUNNAHABHAIN INFO

JURA DISTILLERY

LOCATION
Jura Distillery
TICKETED
No. Free general entry
START TIME
10am
END TIME
6pm
TRANSPORT
Free Shuttle busses consistently running from Jura Ferry to Jura Distillery & Return Journeys. Booking not necessary.
EVENT INFO
Join us as we welcome The Rollin’ Drones for a boogie throughout the day, while enjoying unique and well-loved Jura cocktails created by The Drink Cabinet. We will also be welcoming island businesses to set up on the field to allow you to explore everything Jura has to offer.

No age limit on entry. Under 18’s only on tastings and experiences.

Dogs will be allowed on site. No dogs allowed on experiences or tours.
JURA INFO

OTHER EVENTS

THE CLOOTIE DUMPLING CEILIDH
Hosted by Ella Edgar's Highland Dancers, a family friendly ceilidh for all ages. Licensed bar.

SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST AVAILABLE
THE SINGLE CASK: LOCHINDAAL SAUCY SESSION
Lochindaal Saucy Session: Fishy Friday Take-Over at the Lochindaal Seafood Kitchen.
Traditional Fish & Chips supper served with selection of whisky-infused sauces, five single cask drams, Helles Lager or Amber Rye from Wasted Degrees.

SATURDAY 1ST JUNE

ARDBEG

LOCATION
Ardbeg Distillery
TICKETED
£10 entry - buy online or on the gate.
Ticket includes a dram and a cocktail token, a glass and loads of free activities – learn how to juggle or ride a unicycle!
START TIME
10am
END TIME
5pm
TRANSPORT
Public transport only. Click here for the bus timetable.
EVENT INFO
This year, festivities for Ardbeg Day take a show-stopping turn at the Distillery and around the world, as we mark the occasion with one of our most eclectic experiments to date – Ardbeg Spectacular.
At the Distillery we’ll have tours, tastings, games, music, circus acts, great food and, of course, some surprises along the way.
ARDBEG DAY INFO

OTHER EVENTS

THE FINAL FLING WITH BEAT THE DRUM - THE RUNRIG EXPERIENCE
Welcome 'Beat the Drum - The Runrig Experience' as part of their UK tour.  33 years after Runrig themselves played the festival, we're delighted to welcome Scotland's premier Runrig tribute act!

No tickets available on the door. Must purchase in advance.
Registered Charity Number SC004390
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