THE ARRAN DISTILLERY

The warmest of welcomes

“Welcome to one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland, and the only Malt Whisky distillery on Arran. It’s home to our award-winning dram, and open all year round for guided tours and tastings. I hope you enjoy your visit, and look forward to welcoming you to this idyllic Island.”

James MacTaggart

 

A hidden history

 

In the early 19th century, there were more than 50 whisky distilleries on Arran, most of them illegal and carefully hidden from the eyes of the taxmen. The Island’s malt whisky was shipped to the mainland and enjoyed by the gentry, who regularly ‘took the Arran waters’. It was acclaimed at the time as the best in Scotland – only rivalled by those from the ‘Glen of Livet’.

The perfect location, naturally

Arran is both beautiful and unique. With its mountains, lowlands, glens, lochs and royal castles, it has all the scenery of Scotland and affectionately known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’.

Our Distillery was opened in 1995, at Lochranza, in the north of the Island. During the official opening ceremony, two golden eagles, who live on the mountain behind the Distillery provided a fly past as a 'thank you' for halting building work for several weeks to allow them to hatch their chicks. On a warm summer's day they can still be found, floating high on the thermal currents, before dropping like a stone, hunting their quarry.

Lochranza in Arran really is perfect location for producing the perfect Malt. Here’s why:

  • The area is home to the purest water in all of Scotland – water that’s been cleansed by granite and softened by peat as it slowly meanders from the mountaintops into nearby Loch na Davie
  • Arran enjoys a warm microclimate – the atmosphere of sea breezes and clear mountain air, together with the warm flow of the Gulf Stream is ideal for the speedy maturation of single malts
  • The Island has a reputation for producing the highest quality whisky

A contemporary Whisky. A traditional distillation

We only use the traditional methods of distilling, with wooden washbacks and copper stills, designed to our exact specification. We don’t use peat in the production process or caramel for artificial colouring – unlike many other distilleries. And all our Single Malts are non-chillfiltered, which means they’re natural in pigment and exactly the way whisky should be!

We are now developing sales of our brands, across the world – in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Assisting James in the Distillery are Gordon Bloy, John Dowens and Graham Omand. These are the guys who make our award-winning Arran Single Malt so world-class.