The Arran Distillery, in Lochranza, was founded in 1995 in one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland and is the first legal distillery built on the Isle of Arran in over 150 years. There used to be about fifty distilleries on the island. Arran is a unique island known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, for it has all of the scenery of Scotland, with mountains and lowlands, glens, lochs and royal castles (including one at Lochranza). Early in the 19th century there were more than 50 whisky distilleries on Arran, most of them illegal and carefully hidden from the eyes of the taxmen. The malt was acclaimed at the time as the best in Scotland, only rivalled by those from the ‘Glen of Livet’.
The location offers perfect water for whisky production, cleansed by granite and softened by peat as it comes down from the mountain above. The atmosphere of sea breezes and clear mountain air together with the warm flow of the Gulf Stream matures the Arran Malt to perfection in earth floored warehouses.
Only the traditional methods of distilling are used, with wooden washbacks and copper stills designed to an exact specification.
The Arran Distillery is a patron of the World Burns Federation and as such has created the Robert Burns Single Malt 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.