The first distillery to be built on an island famed for its whisky in 124 years, construction on Kilchoman (pronounced ‘Kil-ho-man’) was finished in 2005. Producing around 100,000 litres a year, it’s one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, and one of only six to make use of traditional floor maltings. What makes it unique is its farm-to-bottle approach: Rockside Farm was picked as a site for the distillery due to its top-quality malting barley. For first hand info on their distilling process, tours run at 11am and 3pm (£4.50pp) or manager’s tours run on Wednesdays at 2pm (£20pp, booking advisable).
Joining the ranks of successful licensed distillery cafes on the island, Kilchoman Café relies on simple home-made produce: Cullen skink, over-sized fruit scones, soups and first-rate cakes. In keeping with its factory surroundings, the interior is white-walled and fuss free, with views across to the sands of Machir Bay.
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