Blog Post for June 6th 2015.

Red Deer at Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland

This morning, we travelled from the ‘whisky island’ of Islay to the Isle of Arran. Latter is, justifiably, called ‘Scotland in Miniature’.

Port Askaig, Islay, Scotland

The unseasonal, windy weather affected our journey through impact on ferry crossings. Firstly, we had to divert from Port Ellen to Port Askaig  to catch the return ferry to Kennacraig which ran on time. This was followed by a short, 30 minute, crossing from Claonaig to Lochranza which ran late due to the weather conditions.

Video clip of Port Askaig

Claonaig to Lochranza Ferry, Scotland

We finally arrived Lochranza, Arran about 1.50pm and then drove a short distance to Isle of Arran Distillery where we had lunch and then joined the 2.30pm, in-depth, ‘Copper Tour’ which entailed five tastings.

Scotch Whisky Connoisseurs at Isle of Arran Distillery

Stills at Isle of Arran Distillery, Scotland

Isle of Arran Distillery is relatively young having been established in 1995. Capacity is about 800,000 litres p.a.. Most of the spirit is unpeated. Despite its relative youth, Isle of Arran has established a global market presence with core products comprising 10, 12, 14 and 18 year olds.

Isle of Arran Single Malts

Isle of Arran Distillery production area is compact with the entire mashing, fermentation and distillation processes closely aligned on one floor. New stills are to be added to increase production. Isle of Arran is one of the few distilleries which will sell a cask of spirit direct to the public although all-up cost, including tax and bottling, at maturity can in excess of GBP 7,000.

Video clip of Distillery production area.

After concluding the distillery tour we checked into our lodgings at the pleasant Lochranza Country Inn which has a good aspect with views of Lochranza Bay and Lochranza Castle.

Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland

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