Living on the whisky coast!
Kintyre is well known for its whisky industry, but did you know that you can visit some of Scotland’s best known distilleries on a day trip when you stay with us at West Loch Shores? With the islands of Arran and Islay both a ferry trip away, and Campbeltown just a 40 minute car journey, there’s no excuse not to find out more about uisge-beatha – the water of life.
Despite Kintyre and the islands being home to so many distilleries, it’s surprising how different each whisky is. The best way to find your favourite is, of course, to try them! You’ll find guided tours at each distillery, at the end of which you’ll be invited to try a drop! Whether you decide to visit one, some or all the distilleries in the area you can be assured of a dram fine day out!
Here in Tarbert on Harbour Street there is a new Malt Whisky shop Whisky West Coast which is well worth a visit www.whiskywestcoast.com/
If you visit us in summer a day trip to Arran is just a short, regular ferry ride away. You’ll also find Arran Whisky, based in Lochranza, and the only distillery left on the island.
Arran Distillery has been in operation since 1995, a relative newcomer, but they still use traditional methods and materials. Look out for their blending and tasting building ‘Rowan House’ and enjoy recent bottlings and exclusive editions.
Arguably the best known whiskies come from the island of Islay. With nine distilleries to choose from you’re sure to find your favourite! Islay also boasts one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, Bowmore which was founded in 1779.
Taking a day trip couldn’t be easier. The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry port of Kennacraig lies three miles south of West Loch Shores. If you’re staying with us, and want to go to the island as a foot passenger, then talk to us about dropping you off and picking you back up again later.
Contrary to the song, Campbeltown Loch is not made of whisky, but you will find a guided tour of Springbank Distillery a fascinating insight to a town, which is steeped in whisky heritage. Campbeltown was once home to 34 distilleries, but today just three remain. And, on you’re tour of Springbank you’ll find it is the only distillery in Scotland which carries out the entire production cycle onsite.
Find your distillery and start planning your own whisky trail.
Oban Distillery Stafford Street, Oban
Tel: 01631 572004 web: www.malts.com
Day Visits 50 miles from Tarbert journey time 1hour and thirty minutes.
Campbeltown Distillery 85 Longrow, Campbeltown PA28 6EX
Tel: 01586 552085 web: www.springwhisky.com
Glen Scotia Distillery 12 High Street Campbeltown PA28 6DS
Tel: 01586 552288 web: www.glenscotia.com
Day Visit 37 miles from Tarbert journey time 49 minutes.
Arran Distillery Lochranza KA27 8HJ
Tel: 01770 830264 web: www.arranwhisky.com
Day visit via ferry Claonaig to Lochranza (30 minutes) 10 miles 17 minutes
There is an abundance of distilleries on Islay but suggest the following on a day trip
Laphroiag Distillery Port Ellen PA42 7DU
Tel: 01496 302418 web: www.laphroiag.com
Ardbeg Distillery Port Ellen PA42 7EA
Tel: 01496 302244 web: www.ardbeg.com
Lagavulin Distillery Distillery Cottages Lagavulin PA42 7DZ
Tel: 01496 302749 web: www.discovering-distilleries.com
First Ferry Depart Kennacraig 7.00am Last return Ferry depart Port Ellen 6.15pm
Day visit via ferry Kennacraig 4 miles 5 minutes ferry (2 hours) to Port Ellen
Distilleries to visit Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg
Ferry timetables and prices are available at www.calmac.co.uk