IWA Diploma September 2022

Monday 26 - Friday 30

IWA Diploma October 2022

Monday 24 - Friday 28

5 Day IWA Residential Diploma

Theoretical, Technical, Cultural, Scotch Whisky Production Education

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

Email info@islaywhiskyacademy for further details

Sample Itinerary

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

Engineering overview

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

Diploma Exam

Ardbeg Distillery


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)