Ardnahoe Distillery opens after £12m investment

The first new distillery on Islay for nearly 15 years has officially opened its doors.

Built with a £12 million investment from third generation family-owned Hunter Laing & Company, Ardnahoe Distillery plans to welcome 20,000 visitors each year to Scotland’s ‘Whisky Isle’.

The distillery, which was officially opened by Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, includes a visitor experience, with tour facilities built on one level to accommodate visitors of all abilities.

Facilities also include warehousing, a large visitor centre comprising retail facilities, whisky bar and restaurant.

It is set to create up to 30 new jobs on the island. 

Managing director Stewart Laing said: “Since working as a teenager at Bruichladdich Distillery over 50 years ago, I have had a huge affinity with Islay and its malt whiskies. When we decided to build our own distillery, there was only one possible location. We have built a great team to manage the distillery and run the visitor centre and in a few years’ time we will be able to drink a great whisky in the classic Islay style, staying true to the island’s heritage with a heavily peated malt.”

Image Credits - Konrad Borkowski

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