Arran

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HJ
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0) 1770 830 264
Email" Email: visitorcentre[at]arranwhisky.com
Web" Web: http://www.arranwhisky.com/
Twitter" Twitter: Arran Whisky (@Arranwhisky)

Facts and figures

LocationArran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HJ
Founded1995
OwnerIsle of Arran Distillers Ltd
Water SourceLoch na Davie
Stills1 wash still
1 spirit still
Capacity750,000 litres

Opening Hours

Open 7 days a week from March to October and shorter hours in the winter; check for details of opening hours; tours run approximately every hour and a half. It is recommend to book in advance.

Tours

Distillery Tours £7.50

45 minute tour with 2 tastings and starting with a short film. Seniors & Students concession £6.50, Under 18s free. Tour times: 10.15, 11.45, 13.15, 14.30, 16.00 (please note that the 16.00 tour is not available during our winter hours which are in place from 1st Nov 2016)

Turtored Tastings £15.00

45 minute with 4 tastings in the tasting bar Over 18s only incl. £5 off Malt Whisky Voucher. Tour times: 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.15, 16.45 (please note that the 16.45 tasting is not available during our winter hours which are in place from 1st Nov 2016)

Warehouse Tour £7.50

45 minute tour through the oldest warehouses beginning with a visit to the Filling Store. Tour time: 12.30 daily, Monday - Friday only. Please note that this tour DOES NOT run on Saturdays and Sundays.

Drop Inn Tour £3.50

15 minutes of a short film & dram. Ideal for young families with children under 5 years old. Usually available between tours, please ask staff for details.

History

Arran distillery is a whisky distillery in Lochranza, Scotland, the only distillery on the Isle of Arran. In 1994 Arran Distillers was founded by Harold Currie, former director of Chivas with the intention of building a distillery on Arran. During the construction of the distillery, a pair of Golden Eagles built their nest on a cliff near the distillery; since Golden Eagles are a protected species, construction of the distillery was temporarily halted. The distillery opened in 1995.

There used to be about fifty distilleries on the island, but most of them were "moonlight" or illegal distilleries. The most recent legally founded distillery on Arran, called 'Lagg', closed in 1837.

Until recently a proportion of the casks were stored in the warehouses of Springbank, due to a lack of room in the distillery, and the legal impossibility of extending the current warehouses at the Arran distillery. However, the distillery now has a revolutionary storage warehouse, on site, that allows easier access to barrels. The distillery offers a cask purchase scheme which offers private individuals the opportunity to own their own cask of whisky, which can be stored on site at the distillery.

The Arran Distillery is a patron of the World Burns Federation and as such has created a Robert Burns Single Malt and Robert Burns Blended Whisky in honour of Scotland's National Poet. They are the only whisky distillery to be able to use the image and signature of Robert Burns on their packaging.

The whisky of Arran is mostly used to produce their Single Malt Whisky, but a small proportion also goes into the production of their range of blended whiskies : Lochranza Blend, Robert Burns Blend and Arran Gold Single Malt Whisky Cream Liqueur.

The Arran Distillery is now owned by a group of private shareholders and the Managing Director is Euan Mitchell. 2010 saw the release of a 15th Anniversary bottling on the occasion of the Distillery Open Day on 3 July. Autumn 2010 also saw the release of the first official 14-year-old to be released by the Distillery. The first peated Arran Single Malt (called Machrie Moor) has been available since December 8, 2010.
Information correct as of 2016-05-21
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