Argyll & Bute | Town | ★★★
|[Washbacks at Glengyle distillery]|
Fewer than 50 miles away from the Ayrshire coast, but 170 miles and nearly 4 hours by road, you have to make a real effort to visit Campbeltown - probably Scotland's remotest mainland town. Curving round a bay guarded by Island Davaar, the town used to be the whisky capital of the world. Sadly, the unwanted tagline of "quantity not quality" became attached to the whisky region, with only three distilleries producing the water of life today. Springbank and Glengyle offer an excellent value joint tour (or you can visit them separately). Independent shops abound on a scale only matched in Scotland by island towns. The town's, err, spiritual heritage seems to have infiltrated local food menus, with haggis nachos smothered in whisky sauce featuring prominently. Hey, don't knock it until you've tried it.
📌 Campbeltown ★★★
Location: G.R.: NR 719204 ///date.pints.trophy
|[Springbank still malts its own barley - a real rarity in Scotland]|
Within walking distance
📌 Springbank Distillery ★★★★★
Description: Springbank claim to be Scotland's only completely self-contained distillery (despite competing claims from Islay), including original maltings and bottling plant. Unmissable.
Location (tour start): Cadenhead's Whisky Shop, town centre, G.R.: NR 720204 ///haven.dilute.shuttered
Open (2019): By tour only, Monday to Saturday - joint tour with Glengyle also available
Cost (2019): £7+ depending on tour type
📌 Glengyle Distillery ★★★
Description: Springbank's more modern sister distillery - and its complete opposite.
Location (tour start): Cadenhead's Whisky Shop, town centre, G.R.: NR 720205 ///fuzzy.irritate.adults
Open (2019): By tour only, Monday to Saturday
Cost (2019): £12+ depending on tour type - tours also take in Springbank Distillery
>> Glen Scotia Distillery (not yet featured)
>> Walk: Island Davaaarrrr! ★★★ (2 miles away)
|[Glengyle Distillery still house]|