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Uncover the Hidden Gems of Campbeltown Whisky

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Campbeltown, Scotland may not be as well-known as other whisky regions like Islay or Speyside, but it is home to some of the most historic and unique distilleries in the country. With a rich history and a strong sense of community, Campbeltown offers a one-of-a-kind whisky experience that is not to be missed. In this article, we will explore the reasons why you should visit Campbeltown, Scotland and specifically, the Glen Scotia and Springbank distilleries.


The History of Campbeltown

Located on the Kintyre Peninsula in the southwest of Scotland, Campbeltown was once known as the “whisky capital of the world”. In the 19th century, there were over 30 distilleries operating in the small town, producing a variety of whiskies that were highly sought after. However, due to economic downturns and the rise of blended whisky, the number of distilleries in Campbeltown dwindled to just three by the 1980s.

Despite this decline, Campbeltown has managed to maintain its reputation as a whisky-producing region, with the remaining distilleries continuing to produce high-quality and unique whiskies that are beloved by whisky enthusiasts around the world.


The Distilleries of Campbeltown

Glen Scotia Distillery

Founded in 1832, Glen Scotia, Scotland’s Whisky Distillery of the year 2021, is known for its distinctive maritime character. The Campbeltown distillery is located on the banks of Campbeltown Loch, and its whiskies are heavily influenced by the sea air and peat from the nearby hills.

Glen Scotia offers a range of tours and tastings, allowing visitors to learn about the history and production process of their whiskies. The highlight of the tour is the opportunity to taste their award-winning single malts, including the Glen Scotia 15 Year Old and the Glen Scotia Victoriana. Or you could go all out and take part in their Warehouse Tasting and try some cask strength drams.


Springbank Distillery

Founded in 1828, Springbank is the oldest family-owned distillery in Scotland and is known for its traditional production methods. The distillery produces three different styles of whisky: Springbank (lightly peated), Longrow (heavily peated), and Hazelburn (unpeated), each with its own unique character.

Visitors to Springbank can take a tour of the distillery and see the entire production process, from malting to bottling. The tour also includes a tasting of their whiskies, including the Springbank 10 Year Old and the Longrow Peated.

Springbank is also the home to Cadenhead’s Warehouse where they mature and bottle a range of different whiskies. Cadenhead’s is Scotland’s Oldest Independent Bottler and you can visit their Warehouse and try whiskies from all over the world, straight from the cask.


The Community of Campbeltown

One of the most unique aspects of Campbeltown is its strong sense of community. Despite its small size, the town has a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, with locals always happy to share their knowledge and love for whisky with visitors.

In addition to the distilleries, Campbeltown also has a variety of pubs and restaurants that offer a wide selection of whiskies, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a dram after a day of distillery tours.


The Scenery of Campbeltown

Campbeltown is surrounded by stunning landscapes, with the sea on one side and rolling hills on the other. The town itself is full of charming buildings and narrow streets, making it a picturesque destination for any whisky lover.

Visitors can also take a short drive to the nearby Mull of Kintyre, where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the coast and the famous lighthouse.


How to Get to Campbeltown

Campbeltown is easily accessible by car, with a scenic drive from Glasgow taking approximately three hours. Alternatively, visitors can fly directly to Campbeltown Airport, which offers daily flights from Glasgow. Our friends at Scottish Routes also offer and combined Islay and Campbeltown tour, so you can explore 2 incredible whisky regions over 5 days.

Campbeltown, Scotland may not be the most well-known whisky region, but it offers a truly special experience for whisky enthusiasts. With its rich history, unique distilleries, strong sense of community, and beautiful scenery, Campbeltown is a must-visit destination for any whisky lover. So why not plan a trip to Campbeltown and experience the magic of Glen Scotia and Springbank distilleries for yourself?


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