Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Isle of Arran Distillers, have announced that the construction on their second distillery site on the south of the island, is on track to be completed and open to the public by spring 2019.

The most recent milestone at the Lagg Distillery, is the completion of the steelworks. With the structure now in place, the Distillery has begun to take on its distinctive shape, overlooking the south coast of Arran and the Firth of Clyde.

Isle of Arran Distillers announce Spring 2019 opening for its new Lagg Distillery

The new distillery has been positioned next to fields of barley that provide a portion of the malt currently used in distillation at Lochranza.

At the start of 2019, the distillery’s the copper pot stills will be installed, shortly followed by the first production run with a heavily-peated (50ppm) spirit that will become in time the flagship Lagg Distillery Single Malt Scotch whisky.

Once the first casks have been laid down to mature, they will remain at the distillery for a minimum of ten years, under the watchful eye of Graham Omand, who has recently been appointed the Distillery Manager of the Lagg Distillery.

Commenting on the news, Euan Mitchell, Managing Director of Isle of Arran Distillers, said: “It is fantastic to see the vision turning into a reality. With just under a year to go until we plan to open the Lagg Distillery, we’re delighted to confirm that everything is on target to be completed by spring next year. We’re assembling a team, headed up by Graham, which will play an integral role in growing the business and producing rich, earthy and high-quality peated spirit.”

He went onto say: “The decision to concentrate on heavily peated single malts at the Lagg Distillery comes after the popularity of our Machrie Moor limited edition range.  Being able to dedicate the facility to this style of whisky will enable further innovation, becoming a space where we can experiment with different flavours.”

When fully operational in 2019, the Lagg Distillery will increase Isle of Arran’s production capacity to 2 million litres. Further, the total visitor numbers to both distillery sites are expected to exceed 200,000 by 2020.

Posted by Steve Rush