Isle of Arran Distillers
In the early 19th century there were more than 50 whisky distilleries on Arran most of them illegal and carefully hidden from the eyes of the taxmen. The Island’s malt whisky was shipped to the mainland and enjoyed by the gentry who regularly ‘took the Arran waters’. It was acclaimed at the time as the best in Scotland – only rivalled by those from the ‘Glen of Livet’. The Arran Distillery was opened in 1995 at Lochranza in the north of the Island. During the official opening ceremony two golden eagles who live on the mountain behind the Distillery provided a fly past as a 'thank you' for halting building work for several weeks to allow them to hatch their chicks. On a warm summer's day they can still be found floating high on the thermal currents before dropping like a stone hunting their quarry.