Talisker Distillery, Carbost

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The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, Talisker Distillery produces a premium whisky as part of its Classic Malt series. Founded in 1830, the distillery has been pleasing the palates of whisky sippers for centuries. Visit the distillery for a guided tour, where you can smell and touch the oak caskets and see the stills. Try a malt, or two, after your tour. Outside the distillery's walls is a coastline where wildlife, such as dolphins and otters, are often seen. Use our Isle of Skye online trip itinerary builder to add Talisker Distillery and other attractions to your Isle of Skye vacation plans.
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  • We had the classic tour which was very informative and fun. It started on time which was another plus. To the end we were given just a wee dram of scotch tasting. Your ticket will allow you 5£ of at t...  more »
  • Took my boyfriend yesterday for part of his birthday weekend. We were booked for 3:30, however we’re early, and Mick offered to take us round. Really lovely experience, could see the passion for whisk...  more »
  • Worth taking an hour out to visit during a trip to Skye. The lady who took our £10, 45 minute tour was very interesting and pleasant. My husband said the whisky was delicious. There is a nice short lo...  more »
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  • This was honestly the most underwhelming 'tasting' experience l have ever been to. There was absolutely no welcome to speak of, the 'greeting' staff came across as very disinterested, were incredibly unhelpful and l found it unusual that a brand as well known as Talisker offers no option for a simple tasting of their range of whiskies. On inquiring via email, not being able to make the tour, we were told we could taste a number of the whiskies and with a small additional fee could add one more. The reception told us we could taste just the Storm. I was particularly impressed by the not so subtle insinuation that we were there with the aim to just get drunk for free. After making it clear that that was not what we were after and that we were fully prepared to pay for a tasting we were begrudgingly offered 5ml of 2 whiskies from their range and made to feel as if that was them going above and beyond. After this bad start we were then disappointed by the whiskies themselves. I don't know if this lack of service is because Talisker has a monopoly on Skye or if it is because it is part of the Diageo stable and therefore feel they don't need to make an effort, but they would do well to learn from some of the other distilleries, especially those which are family run. We went to three others, only one for the distillery tour, and at all 3 were blown away by the welcome, the friendliness and the desire to make our visit as pleasant as possible. I will certainly not be recommending Talisker to anyone in the future
  • One of the best, no doubt! I bought from them a small bottle very well done packaged and I really enjoyed it! After this, I've added the paper from the very small box of the bottle to an artwork that I was made then... It looks very good, for sure - like the taste of their drink! It's a mixed media collage on two equal heavy card-boards: acrylic, pages and photos from magazines, different colored sprays, metallic grounds, etc. It's a dadaist areal, a mix of imagination with fantasy, a small world for open free minds, a beautiful space for any warm home (50 x 100 x 0.5 centimeters)
  • A very interesting, detailed tour with a very knowledgeable guide which is worth doing. Great gift shop with a wide selection of various whiskies. Staff were very friendly.
  • I thought the tour, facts and explanations were ok, but where is the love? After the tour found that we were supposed to have been given a voucher to apply against purchases. Presumably missed because we were late due to a diversion. Abrupt “no” to our enquiry was surprising but proves that this is a bit too corporate. Shame given the stunning location and drive to get there.
  • Interesting tour through the Taslisker Distillery taking you up close to all parts of the whisky creation process. You can see, hear and smell each of the different stages! To finish there is a small tasting of the Talisker Storm whisky. Of course there is a shop selling the full Talisker range of whiskys and merch. We tried to book by phone and were told phone bookings were complete. As we were staying in the area we stopped by in person to book for the next day.
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