Second new Campbeltown distillery planned

CAMPBELTOWN will be home to another new single malt distillery after plans were unveiled for a new facility overlooking Campbeltown Loch.

Dál Riata Distillery will have capacity to produce 850,000 litres of spirit a year, using barley grown at nearby Dunadd Hillfort, near Lochgilphead.

The distillery will be owned and operated by South Star Spirits, a new whisky business founded by Iain Croucher – who also owns independent bottler North Star Spirits – and directors Ronnie Grant & David Stirk.

South Star has released three bottlings to mark the launch of the company and the distillery plans: a 10 year old Highland single malt, a 10 year old Speyside malt and an 8 year old Islay malt.

Croucher said: “Dál Riata Distillery will be much more than just a single malt whisky production facility; it will be friends and family, it will be business, it will be social and, believe us, it will be fun.

“A distillery is nothing without its supporters. To be able to connect with people around a table discussing our production methods, wood policy or our maturation strategy, or simply to catch up with old friends, I can only imagine will be the most magical whisky experience. The addition of this distillery to the Campbeltown region will reinforce the town’s place in the story of Scotch and Dál Riata will be a new chapter to an already incredible history.”

Dál Riata is the second new Campbeltown distillery to have been announced in the past week.

R&B Distillers, the company behind Isle of Raasay Distillery, announced that it is planning a new distillery at Machrihanish.

Once home to more than 30 whisky distilleries, Campbeltown only currently has three: Springbank, Glen Scotia and Glengyle.