Visiting Scotch Whisky
Distilleries from Tarbert Loch Fyne
Oban Distillery / Oban
The Oban distillery was founded in 1794, a few years later
the town of Oban started to developed around the complex.
This is the reason that the distillery is in the town centre
of modern Oban, overlooking the harbour and Kerrera island.
Between 1931 and 1937 the distillery was closed, and in 1972
it reopened with a new still house after a 3 year silent
period. The whisky is bottled as Oban Aged 14y old.
Ardbeg Distillery / Isle of Islay Before it took up production officialy in 1815 it was
run by smugglers, probably since 1794. In 1959 the Ardbeg
Distillery Ltd was created, but in 1984 it had to close
down. It re-opened for short period of time before it closed
again in 1996. The new and current owners, Glenmorangie plc,
recommenced business in 1997 and even built a new visitor
centre shortly after. The creation of Ardbeg whisky involves
the most heavily peated malt in Scotland, bottlings include
Ardbeg 10y old, 17y old, Ardbeg 1975 and Ardbeg Provence
Bowmore Distillery / Isle of Islay
Founded in 1779 and one of the first distilleries on Islay
with a legal whisky production. Changed hands a few times
over the years and is now part of the Japanese Santory
company. The distillery still operates its own traditional
floor malting. The list of the bottlings is as long and
impressive as the list of the awards the Bowmore range has
received, and covers everything from Bowmore 8y old to
Bowmore 40y old, Bowmore Cask Strength, Bowmore Legend and
Bruichladdich Distillery / Isle of Islay
A very "private" distillery: privately owned, privately
financed and privately run. Established in 188, closed down
in 1995 and re-opened by small group of individuals and
whisky lovers. The distillery still operates on much old,
original equipment, only produces small runs, and bottling
is done by hand. Very interesting whisky's, although some
are heavily peated. Includes Bruichladdich 10y old, 15y old,
20y old and Vintages.
Bunnahabhain Distillery / Isle of Islay
Established in 1881, in 1887 the distillery merged with W.
Grant & Co to form the Highland Distilleries Co Ltd. Their
bottlings include Bunnahabhain 12y old and Vintage Reserve,
the distillerie's product is also used in the "Famous
Grouse" and "Black Bottle" blended whiskys.
Caol Ila (Sound of Islay) Distillery / Isle of Islay
On the east coast of Islay, close to Port Askaig. It was
built in 1846, rebuilt in 1879 and silent between 1930 and
1937. The distillery underwent a major upgrade between 1972
and 1974 and reopened with an increased numbers of stills,
now boasting 6 instead of 2. Their bottlings include Caol
Ila 15y old, 20y old, 21y old and 1981 cask strength.
Arran Distillery /
Isle of Arran
Probably the newest
distillery in Scotland, it was only opened in 1995, with the
visitor centre following in 1997. The distillery produces
the first Arran Single Malt since more then 150 years.
Distillery / Campbeltown
Established in 1832 and only
recently re-opened after several closures and changes in
ownership. Present owner is Loch Lomond Distillery Co., the
product range includes Glen Scotia 12y old, 14y old, 17y
old, and Glen Scotia 1973.
Springbank Distillery / Campbeltown Founded in 1828 by John and William Mitchel and remained
in the family ever since. One of only two distilleries in
Scotland who produce, mature and bottle their products on
the same premises. The distilleries has 3 stills, although
not all of the whisky they produce is distilled 3 times. The
range includes Springbank 10y, 12y, 15y, 21y, 25y, 30y up to
50 year old, and the Longrow range. No chill filtering or
artificial colouring used.