The Whisky Coast
With fourteen world-class distilleries dotted along our coastline, Argyll and the Isles is known as the ‘Whisky Coast’
So what is it about Argyll and the Isles that makes its whisky so special?
Perhaps it’s the water, the pristine environment or the skills that have been passed down through the generations.
Whatever the answer, Argyll is whisky-lover heaven.
The destinations within Argyll and the Isles each produce whiskies with a distinctive character, shaped by the local history, culture and landscape.
Islay is a famed world-wide for its peaty malts and has no less than nine distilleries and one on neighbouring Jura. Bowmore, one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, is a great place to see traditional whisky-making from the malting of the barley to the peat-fired kilns.
Campbeltown whisky is defined by a smokiness with a touch of salt and once had 34 distilleries, but today just three are left to maintain this regional subgroup of single malt whiskies.
Oban Distillery and Tobermory Distillery are Highland and Island malt whiskies.
Oban has a misty, briny character while Tobermory, produces two very different malts: the lightly peated Tobermory and the more robustly peated Ledaig.
Events & Festivals
Islay Festival of Music & Malt, a brilliant celebration of Islay’s heritage, culture and – of course – whisky!