Arran Distillery

Arran Distillery
Lochranza, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8HJ
  • Telephone 01770 830264
  • Opening times Mid Mar–Oct: Mon–Sat 10am–6pm; Sun 11am–6pm.
  • Seasonal times Nov–Feb: Mon–Sun 11am–4pm
  • Food served Mar–Oct: Mon–Sun 10am–4pm
  • Admission 3 tours available Oak £7.50; Copper £20; Gold £65
  • Average price £10 (lunch)
  • Email
  • Website www.arranwhisky.com

One of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland, Isle of Arran Distillers is based at Lochranza. There were over 50, mostly illegal, distilleries on the island in the 19th century. Isle of Arran is now the only one, after production started in 1995. Isle of Arran use no peat in the production process, no caramel for artificial colouring, and no chill filtration. The distillery has a visitor centre and offers tours.

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One of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland, Isle of Arran Distillers is based up at the wild north-east tip of the island, at Lochranza. In the 19th century, there were over 50, mostly illegal, distilleries on the island. Now there is only one. Production started in here in 1995 and Isle of Arran use no peat in the production process, no caramel for artificial colouring, and no chill filtration. The distillery has a visitor centre and offers tours. In the summer they host the Arran Malt and Music Festival (26–28th June 2015). As well as a banquet, there’s music and whisky masterclasses, including Euan Henderson’s Scotch Broth Masterclass. In 2015 they celebrated the release of their first official 18-year-old whisky. Casks Cafe: On the ‘wild’ northeast shores, under the watchful glaze of a pair of golden eagles, this light and airy cafe/bar offers somewhere comfortable to relax after the excellent distillery tour or a hike along the scenic coast. Skylights give a window onto a 180 degree swoop of the ever-changing Arran sky, the perfect backdrop for toasted sandwiches, soup or 'Distillers Platter' - a selection of smoked salmon, ham and cheese with oatcakes, all locally produced. The popular Arran Gold cream liqueur tastes amazing with hot chocolate or in the Arran Dairies ice cream. Whisky tasting flights are also available, as well as teas and coffees and their popular whisky fruit sponge.

  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 112
  • Open since: 1995

Reviews & features

Arran's joined-up thinking

19 Mar 2015

A quick island tour soon reveals how interconnected the food producers are

Arran's food producers are an interconnected lot. Arran Fine Foods, at the south edge of Lamlash, uses whisky from the distillery in its Arran Malt Whisky Marmalade [http://www.taste-of-arran.co.uk/item.asp?itemid=325]. At the wild north-east tip, Isle…

Arran’s water of life (and poetry)

19 Mar 2015

No Burns supper is complete without Scotland's national drink, and the island offers a perfect dram

It's no surprise that the land of Robert Burns remains synonymous with the love of good whisky. The area is home to one of the country's few remaining independent whisky distillers, Isle of Arran distillery, and the local connection makes it a popular…