Accommodation is provided from Sunday till Saturday.
The inclusive cost of a Residential Diploma is £1750.
A non-refundable deposit of £350 is required upon booking. We are flexible if you have to change your booking
The outstanding balance of £1400 is to be paid 4 weeks before the start date
Each month is different, though the structure of days is similar.
Arrive on Islay
Set up in accommodation
Meet your fellow students
Full production process overview lectures
Bowmore distillery with Manager David Turner
Evening (included in the course)
Lecture / Presentation from Master Blender
Alchemy of distilling: Focus on copper and stills
Ardnahoe with manager Fraser Hughes
Evening (optional events)
The Enchanting Scotland Show
Storytelling with drams
Alchemy of Distilling Presentation Pt 2.
Focus on Elements of Whisky Making
Bunnahabhain Distillery with Manager Andrew Brown
EVENING (optional event)
Student Dinner at whisky Hotel
Whisky History & Heritage.
Barley Storage Facility
Museum of Islay Life
Visit Finlaggan, the Ancient Seat of the Lords of the Isles
Geology of Islay Experience
EVENING – personal choice event
SMWS Whisky Tasting
Manager & Board Member of new Distillery on mainland Scotland Presentation
EVENING (included in the course)
Graduation Whisky Pairing Dinner with Presentation of Diploma Certificates
Depart all accommodation by 10.00.
Safe Journey onwards.
The Islay Whisky Academy includes:
Lectures, Talks, Presentations x 5 Mornings.
Distillery Experiences x 5 Afternoons.
Transportation from lecture venue to distilleries & return x 5 days.
Ticket for Grand Finale Presentation Whisky Dinner x 1
Diploma Certificate upon successful completion of course x 1
Accommodation in own room in a shared house from Sunday – Saturday. 6 nights. (Houses must be vacated by 10 am Saturday)