|[Bunnahabhain Distillery - view from the pier]|
It's easy to fall in love with Bunnahabhain Distillery from the moment you descend to Bunnahabhain Bay at the end of the winding, scenic road from Keills. Your first view is of whisky barrels, stacked high against low warehouses and backed by rows of understated buildings. A fine wooden pier has signs pointing to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Somewhere in the midst of it all is the tiny visitor centre, stocked with whiskies which are generally, perhaps surprisingly, easier to drink than they are to spell. This is because most of Bunnahabhain's expressions are unpeated - unusual for Islay. Spirit started flowing here in the 1880's, and the site doesn't seem to have changed much. The traditional buildings, remote feel and informal (but excellent) tours also make it one of the friendliest distilleries on the island.
Name: Bunnahabhain Distillery ★★★★☆
Location: Minor road end 3 miles north of Keills, G.R.: NR 421732 / ropes grapevine operating
Open (2017): Daily - booking advised
Cost (2017): £7+ depending on tour type