Thursday, February 17, 2022


Plans for new distillery in the heart of Campbeltown have been submitted by Bowman Stewart Architects of Lochgilphead.

The new Dál Riata Distillery, will have the capacity to produce 850,000 litres of spirit per annum and will utilise locally grown barley from Dunadd Hillfort.

The planned Dál Riata Distillery

Previously known as the capital of the whisky world, in the mid-1800s Campbeltown boasted over 25 distilleries, until a dramatic decline during the 1920s - by 1929 the town had only two operating distilleries.

With the birth of Dál Riata Distillery, the legendary whisky region of Campbeltown is set to experience a distilling renaissance not seen for over a century. The name Dál Riata is derived from the ancient kingdom that existed on the Western coast of Scotland and Northeast Ireland between the 6th & 9th Centuries.

The distillery will aim to enhance the area and work within the Campbeltown Conservation Area scheme. The Still House will incorporate curtain-wall glazing with a viewing balcony providing sweeping views of the Loch and bay. In addition to the distillery, a retail and visitor’s centre will be situated on Longrow, adjacent to the distillery.

To mark the launch of the Dál Riata Distillery, three bottlings have been released under the South Star Spirits label: Highland, Speyside and Islay. Each release is bottled at 48% ABV and is comprised of a vatting of 10 Hogsheads. RRP’s (tbc).

Commenting on the news, Iain Croucher, Co-Director, said: “Dál Riata Distillery will be much more than just a single malt whisky production facility; it will be friends and family, it will be business, it will be social and believe us, it will be fun. A distillery is nothing without its supporters. To be able to connect with people around a table discussing our production methods, wood policy or our maturation strategy, or simply to catch up with old friends, I can only imagine will be the most magical whisky experience. The addition of this distillery to the Campbeltown region will reinforce the town’s place in the story of Scotch and Dál Riata will be a new chapter to an already incredible history.” 

Earlier this week, R&B Distillers announced plans to open a distillery in Campbeltown; The Machrihanish Distillery - the first new farm to bottle distillery in the region for over 180 years.

Posted by Steve Rush