Arran has soaring hills and rugged coasts, rich farmland and dense forests, all concentrated into a compact parcel floating in the Firth of Clyde between the Ayrshire coast and the Kintyre peninsula. It’s known as ‘Scotland in miniature’, as it shares some of the characteristics of the Highlands and Lowlands, the mainland and the Western Isles.
There used to be about fifty distilleries on the island, most of them were "moonlight" or illegal distilleries, with the most recent legally founded distillery called "Lagg" closing in 1837. In 1994 Arran Distillers was founded by Harold Currie, former director of Chivas and a D-Day veteran and the distillery, funded by private investors and the sale of bonds, was opened in 1995 in beautiful Lochranza in close proximity to Loch na Davie which provides the special source of fresh water for distilling.
A second state-of-the-art distillery was opened in the south of the island in 2019 at Lagg, where a very unique style of peated single malt is distilled. Autumn 2010 saw the release of the first official 14-year-old to be released by the distillery, with the first peated Arran single malt (called Machrie Moor, and featured below) following soon after.
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