Shopping at Bunnahabhain Day

How can I pay for items at the distillery on Bunnahabhain Day?

We take cash and card in our Visitor Centre shop where you can buy whiskies, glassware and other accessories. There will also be some stalls at the distillery on the day which will ONLY take cash. You may want to come prepared with cash as there are no cash machine facilities at the distillery.

Can I reserve bottles to pick up on the day?

Unfortunately it is not possible to reserve bottles to collect at the distillery. We will be operating a queuing system for our shop to ensure it is as fair as possible for all.

Can I leave my purchase somewhere safe and collect it at the end of the day?

Unfortunately we don't have the space to store any purchases for later collection. We would ask you to keep your purchases on you to avoid any lost items.

Bunnahabhain Day FAQs

What time does Bunnahabhain Day start?

Bunnahabhain Day officially kicks off at 10am (BST) on Friday, 3rd June 2022.

Do I need a ticket to go to Bunnahabhain Day?

No, it is free to join in on all the fun of Bunnahabhain day. Come and say hello at the welcome desk when you arrive we'll give you a ticket with £5 off the shop, free dram voucher and a map to keep you right.

I don't have a class booked, what else is going on at the distillery on the day?

We have music, games, bars, food trucks, tasting tents and our shop will also be open. Come and say hello at the welcome desk and we'll give you a ticket with £5 off the shop, free dram voucher and a map to keep you right.

I've collected my ticket from the welcome desk and it says I can have 3 free drams. Where do I go to claim these and what can I taste?

The free drams will be available to claim from the bar (this will be signposted and on the map on the back of your ticket). The following drams will be available: BUNNAHABHAIN 12YO 46.3% VOL 25ml BUNNAHABHAIN STIUIREADAIR 46.3% VOL 25ml BUNNAHABHAIN TOITEACH A DHA 46.3% VOL 25ml TOBERMORY HEBRIDEAN GIN 43.3% VOL 25ml TOBERMORY HEBRIDEAN COASTAL GIN 43.3% VOL 25ml

I don't have a class booked, will there be tickets on the day?

Unfortunately we have completely sold out of all our classes on Bunnahabhain Day and there is no space to sell any more tickets on the day. Even if you don't have a class booked, there's still plenty to see and do!

Where should I go for my class?

Please report to the welcome desk when you first arrive and we'll point you in the right direction of your class. We ask you to please arrive at least 10 minutes before your class to ensure you have plenty of time to find where you're going.

I've booked a class but I'm running late. What should I do?

If you are running late, please let us know as soon as possible by calling the Visitor Centre on +44 (0) 1496 840 557 (please note, you may not always get phone signal on the island, particularly on the road down to the distillery). Please report to the Welcome Desk when you arrive and a member of the team will direct you to the tasting or tour area. Please note, we cannot start a tasting or tour outside of the allocated times, so you may miss some information if arriving late.

Will there be transport to and from the distillery? Where does it go from and at what time?

Yes there will be a shuttle bus running from 09:30am at Keills and going back and forth to the distillery throughout the day.

I will be driving. Is it possible to take the whiskies away to enjoy at a later date?

Yes, we offer 3cl 'driver dram' bottles which you can decant your dram in to take away and enjoy at your leisure.

What should I wear to Bunnahabhain Day?

Here on Islay, the weather can change very quickly, so we recommend coming prepared for all eventualities! We'd recommend bringing waterproofs, warm clothing, sun cream and midge repellent and sensible shoes. If you are attending a class in one of the warehouses or filling stores, these can be chilly, so come with extra layers! If you're going on a production tour, please ensure you have appropriate footwear - no heels or flip flops please!

I can't go to Islay. Is there anything for Feis at home?

Yes, follow us on social media to soak up the festival atmosphere, see behind the scenes and maybe even a chat or two with the team. We will also be running an online masterclass, available from 7:30pm on Facebook and YouTube. Whilst this is not live, we will be answering your questions live, so be sure to add to the comments on Facebook!

I'd like to join the masterclass online tasting but don't have the festival whiskies. Can I still join?

Yes! We will be tasting the Bunnahabhain 12 year old, Abhainn Araig, Calvados Cask, Moine Tokaji and a surprise dram, but feel free to join in with your favourite Bunnahabhain if you don't have the whiskies or a tasting kit. We'd love to see you there!

Fèis Ìle Whiskies

Where can I purchase the Fèis Ìle whiskies?

Our Fèis Ìle whiskies are available at the distillery, online and the Abhainn Araig and Calvados cask will also be available in selected specialist retailers around the world. These are limited whiskies, so once they're gone, they're gone!

How many Fèis Ìle whiskies have been released in 2022?

We have three Fèis Ìle whiskies for 2022. These include the Abhainn Araig, 1998 Calvados Cask Finish and the Distillery Exclusive 2004 Moine Tokaji Cask Finish. For more information on these whiskies, take a look at the Fèis Ìle collection within our shop. We may also have a surprise on Bunnahabhain Day to look out for!

Are there any limits on how many bottles I can purchase on your website?

Yes, to make things as fair as possible our Calvados release and the distillery exclusive Moine Tokaji are limited to 1 per person.

I've got an issue with the whisky, what should I do?

As cork is a natural product, this can sometimes happen, but we understand how frustrating it is. Please get in touch with us either via email (distell@mailmarkuk.com or info@bunnahabhain.com) or on social media with the following details and we'll get this resolved. Name, contact email, contact phone number, address, image of bottle, name of whisky, LOT code. The LOT code can mostly be found at the bottom of the bottle, printed or engraved on the rim and should look similar to “1712345 L5 08:00 18123”.