Monday, February 14, 2022


R&B Distillers, has today announced plans to open a distillery in Campbeltown, the first new farm to bottle distillery in the region for over 180 years.

The company which owns the Isle of Raasay Distillery, has completed the purchase of the Dhurrie Farm in Machrihanish, with the intention of building The Machrihanish Distillery, complete with a visitor centre and its own whisky club.

The planned Machrihanish Distillery site on Dhurrie Farm

R&B Distillers, is setting out to complement its brand portfolio by creating Campbeltown’s first farm to bottle single malt in over 180 years. As well as creating much needed skilled employment in the local area, the company will bring a contemporary single malt to the old Victorian capital of whisky, once home to over 30 distilleries in days gone by.

The business is developing a recipe for the Machrihanish single malt, that will bring a different style of whisky from a different whisky region in Scotland to complement its existing Isle of Raasay single malt. The planned initial production output of The Machrihanish Distillery will be 400,000 litres of pure alcohol per year.

Commenting on the news, Bill Dobbie, Co-founder & Executive Chairman of R&B Distillers Ltd, said: “When the business was founded in 2015 we had a clear ambition to create Scotland’s leading artisanal distiller - building on Raasay’s nascent success, and noticing the clear global demand for supreme quality drinks with unquestionable provenance, today’s announcement confirms significant progress towards this goal”.

Plans for The Machrihanish Distillery will be finalised later this year, with the aim of breaking ground in 2023.

Posted by Steve Rush