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The Isle of Islay’s ninth and newest distillery has received a Five Star grading from VisitScotland.Ardnahoe Distillery
The distillery opened in April this year and has so far welcomed 24,000 visitors. The attraction offers a range of tours, tastings, a gift shop and a restaurant. As the restaurant has a commitment to using quality locally sourced produce, it received VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best award.
Along with his sons Scott and Andrew, Ardnahoe was founded by Stewart Laing, who has over 50 years’ experience in the whisky industry. His strong affinity for Islay and a reverence for its distinctive, peated malt whiskies meant it was the perfect place to open a distillery and in 2015 he found the four-acre site by Loch Ardnahoe.
Work began in late 2016 and the first runs of distillation began in late 2018. In April of 2019, Ardnahoe was officially opened to the public by Lord Robertson of Port Ellen. They have an expert visitor centre team on hand to ensure visitors have the best experience possible.
Ardnahoe becomes one of only two distilleries on the island to receive a Five Star grading from VisitScotland. It is the third distillery in Argyll & Bute to receive the accolade.
Regarded by many as ‘whisky island’, Islay is just 25 miles long and 15 miles wide but boasts a remarkable nine distilleries. Bowmore is said to be one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, dating back to 1779.Paul Graham, Visitor Centre Operations Manager, said:David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional Director, said:“Our Quality Assurance Scheme is world-leading and provides a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors. It is about much more than just a star rating – it is about the entire visitor experience and investing in the business to make it as economically sustainable, and profitable, as it can be.”
For more information about Ardnahoe Distillery go to www.ardnahoedistillery.com
For more information about VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance and Scheme Taste Our Best awards, go to www.visitscotland.org
New distillery gets top tourism grading