Residential Diploma Spring 2024

25th - 29th March 2024

5 Day IWA Residential Diploma

Theoretical, Technical, Cultural, Scotch Whisky Production Education

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.

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Sample Itinerary


Arrive Islay

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

Join The Scotch Whisky Kinship

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!

Join the Kinship and celebrate whisky with a global community