2016 FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

22nd - 28th May

ARDBEG NIGHT 2016

We know Ardbeg’s island home had a dark past.  Centuries ago, at the dead of night, the early distillers would smuggle their whisky from the rocky shores of Ardbeg cove, to black-painted ships moored off the coast, where it would be spirited away to the Scottish mainland.  This year, the shadowy history of Ardbeg’s homeland will be recalled as part of the annual celebration of the Islay single malt, when Ardbeg Day becomes Ardbeg Night.

We can’t reveal too much here but it’s safe to say: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED! There’ll be games and challenges a-plenty and lots of music and laughter.
We’ll be smuggling you on special tours all day, just head to the waiting area to join one.

What about the secret tasting sessions hidden around the Distillery?  Will you crack the code to find one?  Will it be with Mickey?  Only time will tell…..

Day: Saturday 28th
Time: 1000hrs onwards
Price: £5 (includes a dram, a smokie and activities – and a tour, if you join the queue!)
  £20 (includes a dram, a smokie, activities and a tasting, if you can crack the code!)

We are not taking ANY bookings for events on Ardbeg Night. Spaces are limited, first come first served from 1000hrs.
 

SPECIAL FESTIVAL WEEK TOURS

MIDNIGHT MISSION

Burn the midnight oil with us!  
Smugglers plied their trade at the dead of night…. meet in the courtyard on the Ardbeg A for a night of the unforeseen as we retrace their steps.

Day: Sunday 22nd (SOLD OUT)
  Monday 23rd (SOLD OUT)
  Wednesday 25th (SOLD OUT)
Time: 2300hrs (finish 0045hrs)
Price: £24 (24 people per tour)

(Make your own transport arrangements and please drink responsibly)

DECEPTIVE DRAMS ON THE WAVES

All is not what it seems!  Legends tell of smugglers mooring dark ships off the coast - discover the places where the real Ardbeggian MacDougall clan perfected their whisky craft. Great fun aboard a RIB (Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat) and a chance to enjoy the seascape and landscape of the south of Islay with exceptional drams in unusual places.

Day: Sunday 22nd (SOLD OUT)
  Tuesday 24th (SOLD OUT)
  Thursday 26th (SOLD OUT)
Time: 1300hrs (finish 1600hrs approx)
Price: £25 (24 people per tour)

(Weather dependent)

RIGHT UNDER THEIR NOSES

Smugglers certainly enjoyed their drams! Using elements so generously provided for them by nature they perfected their art of concealment. Let us take you to some hidden places around Islay never visited before for a tasting – creating some whisky memories along the way.

Day: Monday 23rd (SOLD OUT)
  Wednesday 25th (SOLD OUT)
  Friday 27th (SOLD OUT)
Time: 1300hrs (finish 1530hrs approx)
Price: £25 (16 people per tour)

(We will sneak some sustenance with us for the journey.)

OTHER SPECIAL FESTIVAL EVENTS
THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

THE FAMOUS ARDBEG BBQ

Experience the real feeling of the whisky festival in the Smugglers Den (aka The Courtyard).  With friends. With whisky. With food. With music.  Wear your heart on your sleeve to ensure entry (wearing an item of Ardbeg clothing will prove your worth.)

Day: Thursday 26th (SOLD OUT)
Time: 1900hrs (finish 2230hrs)
Price: £35 (100 people)

UNDERCOVER OFFICERS

Can you tell which of our staff have switched jobs for the afternoon?  Why is Dugga causing chaos in the Café?  What’s Dionne snooping in the Stillhouse for?  

Day: Thursday 26th
Time: 1300hrs (finish 1500hrs)
Price: Free (No booking required)

CONCERT IN THE COURTYARD

Come and party with the Coaltown Daisies – a rising duo of Scottish singer/songwriters who write and perform folk, soul and Americana music.

Day: Wednesday 25th
Time: 1230hrs
Price: Free (No booking required)

FEIS ILE FOLK NIGHT AT ARDBEG DISTILLERY

We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting the Annual Feis Ile Committee Folk Night at Ardbeg Distillery this year.  Join us for a pie, a pint and a great line up of local folk music.

Day: Tuesday 24th
Time: 2000hrs (finish 2300hrs)
Price: £10 /entry (plus £7.50 for a pie and a pint)

Further details and booking options HERE.
Please note this event is run by the Feis Ile Committee. Ardbeg Distillery cannot take any bookings.
 

STANDARD (BUT NEVER BORING) TOURS

DISTILLERY TOUR AND TASTING

Day: Sunday 22nd
  Monday 23rd
  Tuesday 24th
  Wednesday 25th
  Thursday 26th
  Friday 27th (SOLD OUT)
Time: 1500hrs (finish 1600hrs)
Price: £5

Full details of this tour HERE.

FULL RANGE TOUR AND TASTING

Day: Sunday 22nd
  Monday 23rd
  Tuesday 24th (SOLD OUT)
  Wednesday 25th (SOLD OUT)
  Thursday 26th
  Friday 27th (SOLD OUT)
Time: 1000hrs (finish 1130hrs)
Price: £18

Full details of this tour HERE.

WOOD AND WHISKY 

Day: Monday 23rd (SOLD OUT)
  Tuesday 24th
  Wednesday 25th (SOLD OUT)
  Thursday 26th
  Friday 27th
Time: 1215hrs (finish 1315hrs)
Price: £30

Full details of this tour HERE.

DECONSTRUCTING THE DRAM 

Day: Monday 23rd (SOLD OUT)
  Tuesday 24th
  Wednesday 25th
  Thursday 26th
  Friday 27th (SOLD OUT)
Time: 1400hrs (finish 1630hrs)
Price: £40

Full details of this tour HERE.

BOG OFF (WALK TO THE WATER SOURCE)

Day: Sunday 22nd (SOLD OUT)
Time: 1100hrs (finish 1430hrs approx)
Price: £50

Full details of this tour HERE.

FOR FULL DETAILS ON ALL OUR STANDARD TOURS PLEASE CLICK HERE.

To book any of the Ardbeg tours or events from Sunday 22nd – Friday 27th May please call

Jackie +44 (0) 1496 300201
Lynn +44 (0) 1496 300208

For Tastings and Tours on Saturday 28th May – no bookings taken, but there are limited spaces available and it is first come, first served, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Book the Feis Ile Committee Folk Night HERE.
We’re very sorry but we are unable to take bookings by email.

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