Tour Group at Isle of Arran Distillery

Today’s weather was characterised by sunshine and showers.

We commenced the day with a drive north from Brodick to Lochranza, lasting about thirty minutes. We arrived in time for the 11.00 am guided tour of Isle of Arran Distillery which was founded by the late Harold Currie in 1995 and is now in a strong growth phase with output rising to 1.2m litres pa with a new distillery under construction in Lagg in the south of Arran.

Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza

The Distillery guide was excellent taking us through the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes including a tasting. Most of the output is non-peated although the Machrie Moor expression has proved a popular peated (smokey) addition to the range of single malts.

Video clip of production area.

Tour Guide at Isle of Arran Distillery

Isle of Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Upon conclusion of the tour we availed of a pre-arranged lunch at the on-site restaurant.

Upon departing the distillery about 2.00pm we drove to the nearby Lochranza Castle where our arrival coincided with performance by a lady Piper which added atmosphere to this 500 year-old site which commands a harbour entrance.

Video clip at Lochranza Castle.

Lochranza, Isle of Arran

Next, we continued in anti-clockwise direction around the perimeter of the island where are route followed a raised beach dating back to end of the last Ice Age.

After about twenty minutes we arrived at our next destination of the Machrie Moor prehistoric site access to which entails a two mile round trip hike along farm tracks and fields. Machrie Moor ranks as one of the most important sites of its type in Western Europe with occupational pottery evidence dating from 3900 BC. However, the collection of chambered tombs, hut circles and megalithic rings (six) date from around 2900 BC and were in use until around 1000 BC when occupation of all such sites ended at a time which coincided with climate change.

Scottish Heather in bloom at Machrie Moor

Four Poster stone circle at Machrie Moor, Arran

Stone Circle at Machrie Moor, Arran

Stone circle at Machrie Moor

Tour Group at Machrie Moor prehistoric site, Arran

A section of the tour group elected to visit the village of Kilmory in the south of the island and its church, the latter being of special significance to one couple in the group.

In late afternoon the group was reunited and transported back to Brodick where today’s touring activities concluded.

At Brodick we encountered the the historic paddle steamer Waverley.

PS Waverley in Brodick Bay.

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