Arran

From Ancient Brittonic, meaning ‘high place’

From Ancient Brittonic, meaning ‘high place’

The only distillery on the Isle of Arran, and one of the few truly independent distilleries in Scotland, Arran began operations in 1995 and has proven itself to be a progressive new player in the Scotch industry. In 2017, the distillery was expanded to meet growing demand from worldwide consumers, with the addition of two extra stills doubling the capacity. Although cask ownership is offered by the distillery, these are limited to new make with liquidation restricted to bottling, making independent casks extremely desirable.

In 1994 Arran Distillers was founded by Harold Currie, a former director of Chivas There used to be around fifty illicit distilleries on the island. Before Arran, the most recent legally founded distillery, known as Lagg, closed in 1837.

The Arran distillery is a patron of the World Robert 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.

The Arran distillery is now owned by a group of private shareholders with Euan Mitchell as the Managing Director. A peated Arran single malt called Machrie Moor has been available since 2010.

The distillery celebrated its 21st anniversary in June 2016. Plans for the company to build a second distillery in Lagg at the south end of the island were approved in August 2016; Lagg Distillery is due to open in Spring 2019.