Talisker Distillery
Talisker Distillery
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Talisker is the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye and is set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins. Producing an alluring, sweet, full-bodied single malt that is so easy to enjoy, and like Skye itself, so hard to leave. Book your tour, experience or tasting on our website today. Please check our website for our opening hours before visiting us. We will be closed to the public for Christmas holidays on 25th & 26th December as well as 1st and 2nd January.
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  • Hollie T
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Taste of The Sea
    We had a great tour and tasting experience with the lovely Ian from Middlesbrough. he is clearly very passionate about whiskey and that came through on the tour, loved his stories! Tour is a really good length (not too long like the guiness tour for example!) and the tasting was amazing. Drivers were given the cutest glass bottles to take home so they didnt miss out! Fab day, recommend to everyone visiting Skye. Hollie and Ollie from Manchester
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • RoadtripMommy
    163 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fancy but over the top tasting experience
    We were a little disappointed when we found out we had booked an Experience that did not include a tour. When we arrived, the tours were all sold out. For the tasting, we were brought into this amazing room with hi-tech equipment, large screen tvs, etc. The host was a young man who did a great job introducing us to the whiskeys but wow, was the whole experience kind of over the top! It all made sense when we learned that Talisker is owned by Diageo, an international beverage power player. If you are looking for a more mom-and-pop experience, Talisker isn't for you.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Mark P
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Whiskey tour
    Facility was very nice and staff were very friendly and extremely knowledgable in whiskey. Our guide Matt led a nice tour and great tasting experience. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to do a tour while on Skye.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Kit C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour, great day- Chris and Billy with amazing customer care!
    Participated in the distillery tour with Chris as our host who was brilliant, with great knowledge and open to chat afterwords- we would highly recommend! The tasting was superb, we thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the smells and tasting notes. We purchased 2 bottles after the tour with Chris and Billy proving to be a great help again! We would recommend this to anyone looking to spend a great afternoon in Skye. Massive thank you to Chris and Billy!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • MorayJohnny
    Princeton, New Jersey445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Talisker Distillery on Isle of Skye
    We weren’t able to coordinate a visit to the Glenfiddich Distillery when we were in the Inverness area, but we were able to book a tour at Talisker ahead of our visit to Skye. It was an informative & interesting experience. Talisker has been the only distillery on Isle of Skye for quite some time, until a rival opened up in 2017, but Talisker is clearly the ‘big dog’ on the island. It is located along the sea coast, and incorporates a sea theme in its marketing and the causes it supports. We signed up for the guided tour and tasting (L20 each) and the whole program took about an hour. Tour groups are limited to 16 persons per tour, and the tours are scheduled hourly, so be sure to make reservations before you go. We saw a number of disappointed visitors turned away because they didn’t have reservations. (They are still allowed to visit the Gift Shop!) The tour itself was straightforward – we saw the actual ingredients, and the preparation and distillation process, but not the barreling process, which happens elsewhere. Our tour guide, Heidi, was a friendly & knowledgeable host to our group of visitors. The most interesting part of the tour was the tasting itself. Your L20 admission gets you 3 drams of 3 different Talisker products, each of which was slightly different than the others. We were instructed to swirl the fluid in the glass and observe how it clung to the glass, we sniffed the aroma of the Scotch, and finally we put a small amount in our mouths. I thought that all 3 of the tasting samples had a pepper-like finish, although not everyone agreed. The most interesting thing that I learned was that the addition of 4 droppers of water to the dram of Scotch had a material impact on the taste profile of the liquor. I would not have believed that to be true, had I not done it. Try it the next time you drink a single malt Scotch: drink it neat, then add several drops of water to see if you think that the taste profile changes. The Talisker distillery is about a 45 drive from Portree, heading back towards the Skye Bridge, with a 7 mile side road off the main road. It is not the best road to drive, although it was better than the Inverness- Portree journey. If you are driving, don’t drink the tasting liquor, because of Scotland’s oppressive DUI laws. They will give you a ‘take away’ container to take your allotted sample home with you. If you’re on the Isle of Skye, give Talisker Distillery a try!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Pippi L
    Sydney, Australia404 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Whiskey
    Not being big Whiskey drinkers we still wanted to go there and try some. The girl in the bar suggested good ones to try. We decided on the Talisker 8, 10 and the 18 year. Wow, what different they were. I preferred the 18 year old and my husband the 10 year old. Highly recommend this distillery
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Airthy
    Gourock, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Talisker Distillery - definitely worth a visit
    The landscape on the journey to the Distillery was amazing enough, but then to experience the way that Talisker produce their whiskies made it a great afterrnoon trip. Talisker has reviewed its processes to reduce the impact in producing its whiskies on the local environment and sustainability is obvious in their visions for the Brand. Mike was our tour guide and cannot be faulted, providing information on the site, the different proceses in the creation of the various subtle differences in the options available and answering any questions asked. Top tip is to book in advance, as the tours can fill up very quickly and to avoid any disappointment if hoping to get on the tour at the last minute.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • laylalae
    Slovakia268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great even for me as not a big whisky drinker
    When coming to Scotland, whisky distillery tour was a must for us as whisky seems to be such a great part of this region and culture that we wanted to experience it. Moreover, it is a nice break in between discovering all the natural beauty of the Isle of Skye. As I said in the title, I am not a big whisky drinker and I am not familiar with all the processes and its namings in English, so I might have got lost in translation sometimes during the tour but actually, it didn´t bother me at all. I loved the passion of our tour guide who made the tour even more special (whose name I unfortunately do not remember). We attended the tour together with our teen kids who were not that excited about it but I told them to take it as an English lesson for them at least :-). I loved the history of Talisker and it was also interesting to taste all those three samples and discovering difference among them. Did you know that whisky goes well together with a dark chocolate with a bit of a salt? The only downside I would recommend to improve is to cancel or at least lower the cost for kids taking the tour. They are only tasting water anyway :-). The competitors offer the tour for kids when accompanied by parents for free.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Raquel Martinez
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Completely worth it
    Absolutely recommend this tour. Really fun from beginning to end despite the early hours! I Drove so couldn’t taste it all, but you get to take it home with you! Delicious tour and our tour guide was a breath of fresh air! PS- If you do the morning tasting shift, watch out for the coffee place around the corner as the coffee(and cakes) were glorious!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Sean J
    London, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A distillery tour done right
    Talisker’s owners have plainly invested a great deal of money in turning a short tour of a small facility into an experience worth driving a great distance for. The visitor’s centre is a relatively recent addition but it has transformed the experience. The tours are well-organised. Our guide, Matthew, was from a local family involved with the company for generations. Like everyone we met, he was friendly, chatty and helpful. By the time we had seen the distillery, he had us all in a good mood and ready for the tasting. I was the designated driver, but was catered for with samples to take away. Matthew talked our group through the whiskies we were tasting with such knowledge and enthusiasm that purchases at the well-stocked gift shop were pretty much guaranteed. The shop itself is part of the large open area which also encompasses a bar, the ticket desk and a small exhibition space. It means you are free to browse rather than being pushed through it in groups in the conveyor belt style of so many attractions. It also has the nicest loos in Scotland (trust me on this). However good the loos might be, the excellent, welcoming staff really make the place. A word of warning: there is no restaurant, but there is a coffee shop 100 metres away which sells food and a pub a few steps further way.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
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Kerri DH
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The cask draw and tasting experience with Ryan was fantastic! We tried 5 different whiskies with different aging processes in different casks - all very interesting and it ended with a tasting of a 27-year aged Talisker Whisky that was quite special. Definitely worth the money if you are into Scotch and unique tasting experiences.
Written 20 June 2024
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Andy
Somerset, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We got the tour and tasting experience and were guided by the hilarious Florian. Equal parts funny and informative, we learned loads and got to understand the process of whisky distilling as well as appreciate the effort that goes on behind the scenes. What an interesting tour, great guide and lovely experience.
Written 14 June 2024
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Nora2012_12
Sao Paulo, SP227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This distillery was the reason we went to Isle of Skye and it was great – both things, Talisker and Skye. The visit is excellent and George was a great host. He is passionate about whisky and as an engineer he knows a lot about the distillation process from a technical point of view. He knew the answers to the lot of questions we all asked. Explanations were great, very detailed and tasting is great. As my husband was driving they gave him a kit with small bottles so he could put the samples and drink everything at night at the hotel.
Written 11 June 2024
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David B
Doncaster, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A really interesting, informative and enjoyable distillery tour. Our guide Lorna was excellent in the information she shared and how she presented this. The whisky tasting was great and made interesting in how it provoked thoughts on aroma and flavour of the whiskies. A highly recommended tour.
Written 5 June 2024
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MR A P F S
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We went on the one hour Distillery Tour - the guide was excellent.
The experience was however lacking - there no (additional) free samples (indeed you had to pay high prices) which were provided at all other distilleries visited and no commemorative glass. Felt that it was a exploitative.
Written 22 May 2024
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Russell H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very pleasant visit and interesting tour of the distillery. Good car park. A lovely coffee kiosk (not a cafe) across the road. Good pub up the road.
Written 18 May 2024
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clf2308
Longhorsley, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Highly recommend a visit here - the new visitor centre is lovely inside. Well laid out with lots to tempt you in buying as well as a small bar with a selection of whiskeys on offer. The staff there are very knowledgable and happy to help you choose a bottle (if that’s your tipple). Be warned though - if you want to do a tour and tasting you need to boom 4-6weeks in advance. However, you can visit the shop without doing the tour.
Don’t be put off doing the tasting tour if you are driving as you can decant the 3 tastings into small bottles to take home with you which is a great idea! Have been on a few whiskey distillery tours and this is the first time this has been offered
Written 17 May 2024
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Rys
Neuchâtel, Switzerland46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Great short visit of the distillery, guided by a passionated local John! I liked his explanations going beyond a standard text and the visit is well structured (fairly similar to other distilleries) would have loved visiting the casks storage warehouse. The welcome area is beautifuly designed as well, merging the traditionnal buildings, traditions and modern facilities very well!
Written 13 May 2024
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Ken G
Dearborn, MI24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great experience visiting and touring the Distillery. Our guide Anna was wonderful and made the tour a memorable occasion.
Written 11 May 2024
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Mark S
Glasgow, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Bike-packed to Carbost from Armadale ferry with camping gear, so wanted this to be worth the hike and it absolutely was!! Lovely building and visitor centre, Billy our guide was absolutely top notch, enthusiastic and knowledgeable but completely down to earth, and three really good drams at the end, all for 22 quid. Merchandise shop had really nice stuff and very reasonable compared to other tours I've done. Lovely little bar as well for one more afterwards... If you like your whisky to slap you in the chops like a wet fish this is the tour for you!! 🥃
Written 6 May 2024
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