Abutting the southern shoals of the island is this iconic 200-year-old distillery. It’s maritime barrelhouses dutifully inhale ocean brine, imparting salt and seaweed into every bottle. The flagship expression, a 10-year-old malt aged in ex-bourbon casks, epitomizes what Islay whisky ought to offer. The 90-minute Full Range Tour, offered at 10 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, culminates in a tasting of its main range, alongside two rare cask releases. Every year, at the beginning of June, the brand celebrates Ardbeg Day with the unveiling of a limited one-off. This year welcomes Kelpie, a robust and peppery dram featuring liquid aged in virgin casks from the coast of the Black Sea.
Power move: Your tour concludes around lunchtime. Lucky for you, Old Kiln Café, located on-site, serves a sensational venison lamb hamburger surely qualifying as best on the island. You’ve been warned.