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Scotland's West Coast Whisky Distilleries

By Kombi Campers on June 6, 2016

Arran Whisky Distillery

This distillery is set in the scenic location of Lochranza on Isle of Arran.  It is the newest single malt whisky distillery in Scotland, having only been in production since 1995, the first legal distillery on Arran for 150 years. The distillery uses water from Eason Biorach, a mountain burn; which has traditional washbacks; specially commissioned stills; and has its own warehousing on site. The whisky is still quite young but has a well-rounded malty flavour. The visitor centre features interactive displays and a short film illustrating whisky production on Arran over the last 150 years; and a tour concludes with a free dram.

How to get there?                                              

There are two ferries to Arran:

You can take the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick, which takes 55 minutes. Vehicle reservations are recommended, you can book online.

You can travel from Claonaig in Kintyre to Lochranza, at the north end of Arran, which takes 30 minutes. No advance booking is necessary on this sailing. Simply turn up at the port of departure, go on the next available sailing, and buy a ticket on board. In winter, the ferry from Kintyre leaves from Tarbert (Loch Fyne), not Claonaig.

Once there it is just off the A841, 14 miles north of Brodick.

For further details on opening times, pricing and tours please visit their website

 

 

Oban Whisky Distillery

In the holiday town of Oban, this distillery was established in 1794 by the Stevenson family, who were also involved in the development of the town. It was rebuilt in 1883 by Walter Higgin, and is now part of United Distillers and Vintners. The water comes from Loch Gleann A' Bhearraidh, and the malt produced here is mildy peated in flavour with a hint of the sea. There are guided tours of the distillery and in the visitor centre there is an exhibition and audio-visual programme, which charts the history of Oban. The admission charge is redeemable towards the purchase of a 70cl bottle of malt whisky in the well-stocked shop. Children under eight years of age are welcome but are not allowed to tour the distillery.

How to get there

Just off of the A816 or A85, Stafford Street, Oban, Argyll

For more information about tours, pricing and opening hours please visit their website!

 

 

Springbank Whisky Distillery

A dependable classic for the malt lover and superb after-dinner drink. Bottled at the distillery and now widely available.

In the seaside town of Campbeltown in Kintyre, Springbank Distillery was founded in 1828, and is owned by the Mitchell family: J & A Mitchell and Company from 1897. The family had previously been involved in illicit whisky distilling. With this kind of rich history and legacy you’d be mad not to stop by this distillery if you’re heading up the west coast.

How to get there?

Off A83, Campbeltown, Longrow, Kintyre, Argyll.

Please refer to their website for full details on how to book a tour as well as pricing and opening hours!

 

 

Talisker Distillery

A recommended trip for whisky drinkers, tourists and just about anyone. The Talisker Distillery, at Carbost on the shores of Loch Harport, on the B8009 (not in the village of Talisker itself, which is on the west coast). This is Skye's only whisky distillery and produces a very smoky, peaty single malt. The informative tours last around 20-30 minutes and begin with a complimentary dram. This distillery is the furthest north on our list but is unrivalled in both its setting, quality and hospitality.

How to get there?

You can get to the Isle of Skye in your Campervan by going over the Skye Bridge (which is toll free!)  and follow the A87 until it turns into the A863 and eventually the B8009.

For more information on their opening times, tours and pricing please check out their website!

 

 

Tobermory Whisky Distillery

A most welcome island malt, made from unpeated barley. Also available as Ledaig, 1974 at 43%, made from peated barley.

Located in the pleasant town of Tobermory, with its painted houses, on the scenic island of Mull, the distillery was established by John Sinclair, a local merchant, in 1798. It was acquired by John Hopkins and Son, who owned it until 1916, but closed between 1930 and 1972, and from 1989 to 1993 when it was purchased by Burn Stewart Distillers and reopened. It has four stills, uses unpeated, malted barley, and water from a private loch near Mishnish. The distillery produces the Tobermory Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which is a fresh smooth and medium dry malt. The distillery offers tours and there is a visitor centre and shop.

How to get there?

Off A848, Tobermory, Mull.

For further information on pricing, tours and opening times please refer to their website!

 

 

Well that concludes our post on some of the finest whisky distilleries along Scotland’s rugged yet beautiful west coast. All that’s left for you to do is book one of our camper van’s and visit these places for yourself!

 

As always,

Happy camping!