Arran

Arran distillery

Only established in 1995, the Arran distillery already has a wide range of single malts both unpeated and with a variety of finishes. Standard malts are the 10, 12 (cask strength) and 14 year olds. This year there is an 18 year old. The double matured whiskies have no age statement but are said to be 8 year olds with 10 months in the finishing casks previously used for Sauternes, Madeira, port and sherry. Arran Gold is a very drinkable whisky-and-cream liqueur. An excellent guided tour though no visit to the bottling plant or the warehouse. Arran is only a small distillery producing about 650,000 litres in 2017. However, the company is building a second distillery for peated whisky only at Lagg at the southern end of Arran.

Arran distillery is the only one operating on Arran and is located just outside Lochranza on the northeast corner of the island. If you're travelling from Brodick, allow 30-35 minutes for the 14 mile journey. You can do it in less time (23 minutes) when there is no traffic and while still complying with speed limits.

Excellent tour with a dram before you set off. Good cafe. No bottling or warehouse. Two stills.