Isle of Harris Distillery
Isle of Harris Distillery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Isle of Harris Distillery is The Social Distillery, offering a warm welcome to all in the heart of Harris. We are open six days a week with regular tours, a public canteen offering fresh local produce and a shop full of local products as well as our own Isle of Harris Gin.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Rhona B
    25 contributions
    Warm and very welcoming
    It is still out of tourist season and many places are closed. We popped in to the Distillery just for a look around. What a lovely warm welcome and not just from the open fire. It had been a snowy start to our day but the warm welcome from the knowledgeable and enthusiastic lady who greeted us when we arrived made the visit. Obviously we made some purchases from the shop, it would rude not to, and hopefully when we return the next time the tourist season will be in full swing and the coffee shop will be open. Although to be honest this did not spoil our visit. Would recommend this as a stop for anyone visiting Tarbert.
    Thank you for taking the time to share such a lovely review, Rhona. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back to the distillery someday soon.
    Written March 29, 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2023
  • Martin P
    Clydebank, United Kingdom381 contributions
    Make a point of visiting.
    Had a tour this afternoon and have to say as a non-whisky drinker, I expected to be bored. However, Gillian, our guide was enchanting, funny and informative, making the whole experience fun and educational. Spent far too much in the shop after the tour though!
    We are happy to here you enjoyed the tour of The Isle of Harris Distillery! We hope we'll get to see you back here at the Distillery!
    Written May 8, 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Natalie
    29 contributions
    Family visit
    A great tour of the Harris distillery! Our tour guide, Sandy, was absolutely amazing. She was so passionate about the distillery and her home island of Harris, it really was lovely to listen to. We enjoyed learning about how they make the whiskey and the background of the Harris gin. And the tour was made special by Sandy toasting to my dad's 60th Birthday do thank you! All in all great experience is definitely worth a visit. Thank you!
    We are happy to here you enjoyed the tour of The Isle of Harris Distillery! We hope your dad had a great day and we are hoping you'll visit Harris again!
    Written May 8, 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 7, 2023
  • Ruth C
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom50 contributions
    Learn about the locals while drinking some spirits.
    Would highly recommend the distillery tour. The distillery itself is not very big, but that actually worked out quite well for us, as my mother in law has very limited mobility. The staff were lovely and accommodating and always made sure she had a place to sit during the tour. What sets this apart from other distillery tours is hearing about the effect building the distillery has had on the islanders and the positive impact in creating jobs for the next generation of young people. Our tour guide (whose name has unfortunately escaped me) was a joy ❤️
    We are really happy to hear you enjoyed the Isle of Harris Distillery tour! We hope to see you again on the island and are happy you had a great time!
    Written May 8, 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 8, 2023
  • PERRY LEE C
    8 contributions
    Whiskey and Gin distillery adventure
    And we cycled for the last 4 days , worth the journey coming to #isleofharrisdistillery. Worth time spent with Jillian who showed us around. It's an experience and worth visiting. Believing in supporting local community business
    Many thanks for visiting us as part of your journey. We appreciate your support and hope we will see you again soon.
    Written May 17, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Ronald S
    Fort Worth, Texas49 contributions
    Great tour
    We’ve done the bourbon tour in Kentucky but this tour was really great. Lots of local flavor as our guide told us all about this economic boom to the local economy. The tour itself followed the trail of mash to liquid firewater to finely distilled gin. They’re excited to tell about their soon to be released whiskey in September, 2023.
    Many thanks for coming to visit us here at the Isle of Harris Distillery and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time! Hopefully we will see you again soon.
    Written May 31, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Lynn H
    Auckland, New Zealand71 contributions
    A must do for a gin fan!
    Doing a tour definitely recommended! Friendly and informative guide, with several tastings. A good explanation of how the gin and whisky are made, only disappointment was we were there 4 days too early to sample their actual first release of whisky! Shop also worth a look if you don’t want to do a tour
    Many thanks for your kind feedback. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hopefully we will see you again soon for a taster of our whisky!
    Written October 2, 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • idallas
    Norwich, United Kingdom78 contributions
    Fantastic..... A must do
    What a wonderful distillery and such a fantastic tour. The staff are so passionate about whatv they do and that really shines through. Our tour guide Leonna is a real credit to the distillery. Her enthusiasm really made the tour very special. This is a real must if you're on the Isle of Harris Oh...... and the gin is pretty special too
    Many thanks for your kindness. Delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Isle of Harris Distillery. We will be sure to pass your kind words on to Leona! Hopefully we will see you again soon.
    Written October 2, 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • nickrylancetravel
    London, United Kingdom51 contributions
    Deeply interesting and fun
    Thank you MM for such an entertaining morning, we enjoyed the tour so much it was like going to the theatre, we learnt so much and were moved and entertained along the way, well worth the visit. So lucky to be there this week of their whiskey launch after all these hard working years. We look forward to learning how it goes - and to tasting :)
    Thank you so much for your kind review. Thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit. We'll be sure to pass your lovely words on to MM. Slainte to you for when you try a dram of The Hearach!
    Written October 2, 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Kathy B
    Manchester, United Kingdom26 contributions
    A must for any visitor to Harris
    Visited just after the weekend of the the new Hearach Whisky launch. Every body on the island seemed to be buzzing about it. It was a huge success. Our tour was the first one by the young lady to include the whisky. Her enthusiasm for it was infectious. A very interesting talk, including tasters, so interesting. We felt quite privileged to have been there at this special time. Oh yes, and the whiskey is fab (as well as the gin) This was one of the highlights of our 10 day visit to Lewis and Harris.
    Incredible kind words and we really do appreciate it. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the distillery and to the Isle of Harris. Hopefully we will see you again soon! Ceud taing.
    Written October 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
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Lynne W
170 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Due to current conditions there seem to be no tours, no cafe and no toilets. So it’s buy a bottle of gin or not!
A shiny new distillery with a tiny car park shared with the Harris Tweed company which again due to restrictions and limited numbers allowed in results in queuing (in the rain).
Tarbet itself has poor signage and poor amenities. You could play hunt the public toilet, use one of the three petrol pumps with the grumpy attendant or watch the many construction workers who are extending the Calmac terminal...,
A great pity as this was a place we were really looking forward to visiting.
Written September 23, 2020
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We're sorry to hear you were left disappointed by your recent visit to Tarbert and our distillery Lynne. Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions we are limited on how many we can have in the building at one time and as our canteen and tour area are both very small we are unable to offer either of these for the time being. We hope you can join us again in the future to enjoy a distillery tour when the time is right.
Written October 5, 2020
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Traveller
53 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
I have visited many distilleries around Scotland and found the Harris distillery rather disappointing. The shop did not offer any interesting merchandise like all the other distilleries, just lots of bottles of gin and associated glasses.
We were expecting to see Harris whisky on sale this year. We have been coming to Harris every year for many years and we’re excited about the distillery.
When will we be able to sample and buy it ?
The cafe was closed which was surprising as other distilleries we visited had cafe facilities.
Disappointing
Written August 21, 2021
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I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit to the distillery. Our shop range is small and considered as we focus on sharing our own, high quality products. As well as our Isle of Harris Gin we offer a range of hand-blown glassware, our aluminum refill bottle, our Distillery Harris Tweed jackets, our ceramic cèilidh bottles and a bespoke range of toiletries, to name a few. Our whisky, the Hearach, is still maturing and we are yet to announce a release date. As we say in Harris, 'it will be ready when it's ready'. We offer samples of our new make spirit as part of our tour. We are sorry that we could not welcome you to our distillery canteen. Given the challenges of the last year we were forced to close our canteen as we could not ensure our guests could remain safely socially distanced given the small space. To preempt disappointment we have advised on our website and social media channels that our canteen remains closed and are happy to recommend alternative eateries upon request. I hope the above answers are helpful but do get in touch if we can provide any more insight. We would love to hear your suggestions on products you would like to see us introduce to our range. Our e-mail address is info@harrisdistillery.com.
Written August 23, 2021
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Maxine T
Shrewsbury, UK176 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We visited on a Thursday morning in August.
We arrived at the venue and paid the £15 admission price to a friendly guy called Neil.
We browsed the shop whilst waiting for the tour to start.
Once the tour started we enjoyed the information from a young woman (don't recall her name but she is married to a guy called Norman Ian). She was very informed, friendly and funny. Great advocate for the Company. We bought a bottle of the gin and can't wait to hear about the launch of the whisky. All in all a great visit 😊
Written September 2, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Leona and hope to welcome you back again!
Written September 12, 2022
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Royboy75
Redditch, UK372 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Being an avid gin fan visiting the distillery (even just the shop) was a must for us on our visit to Harris. Irrelevant of the details of how we got there the experience we received was luke warm. Not every item is priced so when I had to ask for a price a couple of times it felt painful to get a response. Every gin is different and every distillery has a different story, it would have been nice to have a chat albeit brief about the gin but I received a very transactional visit. I've purchased bread that was more of an experience. It is what it is just disappointed I didn't buy the gin for £2.50 more in another shop on the island and save myself the hassle and waste of time of going to the actual distillery shop.
Written October 22, 2021
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Hi Roy, I'm so sorry to hear about your disappointing experience visiting our distillery shop. We completely understand your frustration as we endeavor to give every guest a welcoming experience when they take the time to visit us and we have obviously fallen short on this occasion. I will pass on your comments to our Guest Team Manager for consideration so we can hopefully improve our service in the future. Kind regards, Lauren
Written November 22, 2021
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Verity A
Telford, UK36 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Walking in here after surviving a classic island storm in a motorhome was like coming home. Greeted by the most delicious smells and a stunning open fire, we were welcomed by a lady (sorry I didn't catch your name) who had the most wonderful passion for her job. She told us everything we could ever want to know about gin and also informed us about their eagerly anticipated whisky. The gin itself is absolutely delious. It is the perfect reminder of a windy walk on a Hebridean white sand beach, that wonderful seaweed smell in the air and the sea spray salty tang on your lips.

Lovely place that every visitor to the island should check out.
Written November 26, 2022
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Thank for such a positive review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at our distillery and on our wee island! It is lovely to hear you feel the passion our team have! We look forward to hopefully welcoming you again in the future! Slàinte!
Written December 12, 2022
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j7jpc
Leven, UK106 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Shop and cafe are superb as is the building. However the tour was really disappointing for the price!! Given they are selling gin with a great reputation the emphasis was on the anticipated whisky!! Very little about gin. Upstairs was a non event. Guide knew very little and we stood around looking at 3 large vats! I expected to see gin going into bottles, labelling, packing etc. But the best big was the jelly beans! Not sure why downstairs we began with a measure of in drinkable pure spirit and a measure of Highland Park whisky. Then upstairs we got a measure of gin in a small plastic lidded pot!! All very bizarre. Mr Bakewell should rethink the tour!
Written August 7, 2022
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We are very sorry to read that you were disappointed with your experience on our tour. We take great pride in our tours and knowledgable guides however we are both a whisky and gin distillery so our tours will reflect that. We apologise that the tour was not as gin focussed as you expected and we hope we can welcome you again in the future.
Written August 19, 2022
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Jeanette M
13 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Amazing welcome with a peat burning open fire and comfy seats. There's also a small cafe where you can buy a Harris Gin and/or cocktail. Even if you cannot get booked for a tour, it's a definite place to pop in to when visiting Harris.
Written July 14, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Distillery and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Written July 18, 2022
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michael n
1 contribution
May 2021
Firstly, when entering the building itself is very warming.
Whilst waiting for the tour we looked around the shop, which was well set out.

The tour itself was the highlight, the tour guide was extremely passionate about the full process from the roots of the distillery idea to the gin and the Whisky to come.

Definitely recommend to everyone. Personally would love to do the tour again.
Written May 21, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review. I'm so pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit to our distillery and your experience on our tour.
Written July 14, 2021
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freerthanyou
Worcester, UK207 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
All roads lead to the distillery here! It was very cosy inside on a rainy day with sofas and a log burner. We bought a number of gifts in the shop.
The cafe serves gin, hot drinks and cake. The scones are vegan and can be served with non-dairy butter and jam. There is soy or oat milk available. They also had a gluten free brownie.
Unfortunately there’s a lot of single use packaging involved in the cafe. Only the gin is served in glasses, all hot drinks in disposable cups (although they gladly filled our keep-cups). There is vegware but even bioplastics consume resources to make and unless disposed of properly (in an industrial composter) still end up in landfill so this was disappointing to see. Would love to see more reduce and reuse principles for the environment.
Written May 31, 2022
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Thank you for your review. I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our distillery. We appreciate your feedback on our packaging. Unfortunately, if we used cups and saucers we would only be able to serve a small percentage of customers given the lack of seating in our café. We do our very best to recycle our packaging and hopefully in the future we are able to find a better solution.
Written June 23, 2022
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Helen F
6 contributions
May 2021
The Isle of Harris Distillery is a must... The distillery itself has been beautifully designed & the story behind it is fascinating. Find out the inspiration for the bottles & glasses, but more importantly rekindle your memories of the stunning Isle of Harris every time you take a sip. I'm a gin lover - Harris Gin is now my favourite - and I can't wait for their whisky to be ready!
Written May 31, 2021
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What a lovely review Helen, thank you for taking the time to share it with us. I'm pleased to read that our island spirit has become a firm favourite and hopefully we wont keep you waiting too long for our first single malt, The Hearach.
Written July 14, 2021
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