For Whisky Lovers
Whisky is one of Scotland’s biggest exports and the Highlands and Islands of Argyll are popular with tourists and whisky officionados having a large number of distilleries to visit. Trips to distilleries are recommended for enthusiasts or whisky lovers.
The majority of Argyll’s distilleries are in the western isles. You take a ferry from Portovadie across to Tarbert, where you then drive through Tarbert to Kennacraig to take the ferry to Islay, or alternatively to Skipness (Claonaig) to take the ferry to Arran. Timetables are available at the estate, ferry tickets at the local Post Office and newsagents.
There is one distillery on Kintyre, Springbank of Campbeltown, which is the last of 18 distilleries that used to populate this town some years ago in the days of steam boats.
Islay & Jura
Whisky is a popular export of Islay, which has numerous whisky distilleries, all producing different flavoured whiskies and malts, two of the more well known are Bowmore and Ardbeg. There are also small new distilleries to experiment with.
Arran distillery is relatively new, first turning out a malt in 1995 for public sale, since then the visitors center, shop, restaurant and 30 ft waterfall make this distillery a good afternoon out for all the family.