Friday, May 24, 2024


Ian Macleod Distillers and The Islay Boys, have revealed details of their new Islay distillery – which will be the 12th on the Hebridean island.

Laggan Bay distillery, which was approved by Argyll and Bute Council in 2022, is currently under construction and is due to open in 2025.

Laggan Bay Distillery

The distillery site covers 2 hectares and is situated opposite Islay airport - less than a mile from Islay’s longest beach, the Big Strand in Laggan Bay, from which the distillery takes its name.

The new distillery is a partnership with The Islay Boys – an independent Scotch whisky bottling company, which was founded in 2016 by Mackay Smith and Donald MacKenzie. In 2018 they purchased Islay Ales Co Ltd, and their newly completed brewery sits next to the distillery.

Laggan Bay Distillery, will have sustainability at the heart of its journey, and will feature dedicated wetlands, to manage liquid waste and provide a haven for wildlife.

Although full details are still under wraps, Ian Macleod Distillers who own Glengoyne, Tamdhu and the soon to reopen Rosebank distillery, are said to have ambitious plans for Laggan Bay.

Commenting on the news, Leonard Russell, Managing Director at Ian Macleod Distillers Limited, said: “I am delighted to be partnering with my friends, The Islay Boys, to build Laggan Bay distillery. It’s a very exciting project, which will allow us to offer a brand-new Islay single malt before the end of the decade”.

The company is also working with the Islay Energy Trust and Scottish Power to explore renewable energy options and has committed to green flame energy to reduce its carbon emissions.

Posted by Steve Rush