Accommodation is provided from Sunday ’til Saturday.
The inclusive cost of a Residential Diploma is £1950.
A non-refundable deposit of £450 is required upon booking. We are flexible if you have to change your booking.
The outstanding balance of £1500 must be paid 4 weeks before the start date.
Set up in accommodation
Meet fellow students
AM – Full production process overview lecture.
PM – Bowmore Distillery Tour and Warehouse Tasting
Evening – Optional Extra Whisky Tasting
AM – Alchemy of Distilling Lecture – focus on copper and stills.
PM – Ardnahoe with Manager Fraser Hughes
Evening – Whisky Quiz with fellow students
AM – Alchemy of Distilling Lecture Pt 2. Focus on Elements of Whisky Making.
PM – Bunnahabhain Distillery Tour and Tasting
Evening – (Optional Extra) Gaelic Whisky Tasting at the Islay Gaelic Centre
Culture & Heritage Day
Barley Storage Facility
Geology of Islay with David Webster
Bruichladdich Distillery with Allan Logan
Museum of Islay Life
Visit Finlaggan, Ancient Seat of the Lords of the Isles
Evening – (Optional Extra) Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting with Master Ambassador John McCheyne
AM – Exam
PM – Ardbeg Distillery Tour and Tasting
Evening – Graduation Dinner at Port Charlotte Hotel
The Islay Whisky Academy champions the creation of meaningful personal connections. Through our shared experiences with whisky we foster a supportive community that spans the globe.
Completing a course with the Islay Whisky Academy is only the beginning of your journey. The Water of Life cultivates a sense of community among those who drink it and this sense of belonging is hugely important to us. Our events are a portal to the Scotch Whisky Kinship. Across continents and timezones, beyond professions and backgrounds, the Kinship brings whisky lovers together. Through online get togethers, debates and conversation, tutorials and tastings we connect to our kinship.
SCOTCH IN CONTEXT – The difference between a good dram and a great one is the company we share it with.
The water of life is more than just a liquid to be sipped, it is a spirit to be CELEBRATED!