Arran

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HJ
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Co-ordinates" Co-ordinates: 55.699490, -5.279658
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0) 1770 830 264
Email" Email: visitorcentre[at]arranwhisky.com
Web" Web: http://www.arranwhisky.com/ external_link_coppr
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

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.

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.

Nearby Distilleries

DistilleryDistance
Lagg Scotland17.27 miles
Glen Scotia Scotland22.54 miles
Springbank Scotland22.82 miles
Glengyle Scotland22.86 miles
Jura Scotland27.69 miles
Ardbeg Scotland32.55 miles
Lagavulin Scotland33.28 miles
Caol Ila Scotland33.97 miles
Laphroaig Scotland33.98 miles
Ardnahoe Scotland34.33 miles
Bunnahabhain Scotland35.25 miles
Auchentoshan Scotland36.06 miles
Meadow Road England39.22 miles
Bowmore Scotland39.50 miles
Clydeside Scotland39.81 miles
Glengoyne Scotland41.64 miles
Bruichladdich Scotland42.38 miles
Kilchoman Scotland43.94 miles
Oban Scotland49.99 miles
Old Bushmills Northern Ireland57.72 miles

Nearby Attractions

AttractionDistance
Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland external_link_coppr57.72 miles
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Titanic Belfast Northern Ireland external_link_coppr79.41 miles
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Arran Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.Information correct as of 04/01/2020

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