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Lochranza (Arran) Distillery

Overview

The Arran Distillery at Lochranza was one of the first of a spate of new distilleries that have opened in Scotland in the last 25 years in response to the growing demand for single malt whisky. It opened in 1995 and launched its first 10yr old single malt in March 2006.

The architecture of the distillery is a distinctive mixture of old and new. It sits in a very attractive location in Glen Chalmadale, where you may also see the resident Golden Eagles and lots of deer. Keep watching the skyline as you drive along the road between Sannox and Lochranza.

Although, now one of only 2 distilleries on Arran (in the south of Arran the Lagg Distillery started production in 2019) there was once in the early 1800's an estimated 50 distilleries on the island. Not all of them legal.

Whilst the outside of the distillery has some of the appearance of a traditional distillery the interior makes no pretences and the reception area is a modern open plan design. Upstairs from the reception is a large cafe area with seating arranged so that you can admire views of the surrounding hills through large windows. You might even see the brand's trademark Golden eagles soaring above the ridges.

Address:

Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HJ Tel: 01770 830264

Operated by:

Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd.

Opening Hours:

3rd November 2018 to 1st March 2019: Daily 10am - 4pm 2nd March to 3rd November 2019: Daily 10am - 5:15pm

Admission:

Standard Distillery Tour - £10 for a 45 minute distillery tour with 2 tastings. Tours at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00 / Arran Malt Tour - £15 for 90 minute tour with 3 drams. Tours at 13:00 / Tutored Tastings Tour - £15 for ~75 minute tour which skips the distillery tour, but lets you taste 4 samples. Tours at 12:00, 15:00 / Drop Inn tour - £4 for a short film and 1 dram. Only 15 - 20 minutes so more suitable for young children (although under 8s aren't allowed in production areas). Adults still get a whisky tasting.

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

Leaflets available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Swedish, Portuguese and Dutch.

Accessibility:

Visitor centre has wheelchair access and most areas of distillery tour can be accessed.

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

Yes. Snacks, coffees and light bites are available all day, with last orders at 5 pm

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