Glen Scotia Distillery
Region: Campbeltown, Scotland.
Owner: Loch Lomond Group
Water source: Crosshill Loch
Output: 0.5 million litres alcohol per annum
Glen Scotia Distillery was founded in 1832, and has been operating for approximately one hundred and eighty years. Situated in Campbeltown, one of the recognised 5 Whisky producing regions of Scotland and has a formidable pedigree.
Campbeltown is a small town on the Kintyre peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, affectionately known as the “Wee Toon”, and the Victorian Whisky Capital of the World. At its peak in the 1800’s there were 21 distilleries in this small town with approx. 170 distilleries operating at that time in the UK (129 of those in Scotland) Campbeltown still has 3 operating distilleries; Glen Scotia, Springbank, Glengyle. These distilleries give a remarkable insight into the history of making whisky in this remote, once prolific, whisky making region of Scotland.
Glen Scotia was formally known as ‘Scotia’ when it was first founded in 1837 by Stewart & Galbraith and Company. Stewart & Galbraith Co. ran the Distillery for almost 60 years. Notable industrialist Duncan MacCallum purchased the distillery in 1891 and he constructed the large frontage (Malting Floors) which run horizontally across High Street which is a street in Campbeltown. In 2014, the distillery was bought by Loch Lomond Group who have since gone on to invest heavily in the site with the majority of the engineering work planned out and managed by the distillery manager, Iain Mc Alister. Glen Scotia currently operates with a staff of just seven employees. It is believed there is one manager, one shop manager and five distillery operators. Despite this, Glen Scotia is still one of the smallest in Scotland. The current annual production levels stand at around 500,000 litres and following significant investment, rising to 500,000 plus litres per annum.