The Campbeltown Malts Festival runs for four days in late May and falls after the Spirit of Speyside festival and just before Feis Ile, the Islay Festival.
A pinnacle moment in the smallest whisky region's annual calendar, the festival provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the affectionately named ‘Wee Toon’ and learn more about the Campbeltown drams while soaking up the history.
This year it runs from 23-26 May, with Glen Scotia events taking place on 24 May, Springbank's on 25 May and Cadenhead's and Glengyle on 26 May.
Award-winning whisky Distillery of the Year 2021, Glen Scotia, has a jam-packed series of events for this year’s Campbeltown Malts Festival.
Master distiller and distillery manager, Iain McAlister, and his team will be joined by a host of industry ambassadors for a programme of events, including tastings, live music and talks.
In a first for the Glen Scotia event, visitors will be able to attend a selection of talks and tasting in the Courtyard free of charge, as well as ticketed events.
Should they wish to enjoy a dram at the same time, they can purchase a £25 ‘Drampack’ which will give them access to four of the distillery’s drams, handpicked for each tasting, as well as a branded festival Glencairn glass and a lanyard.
Kicking off events, Glen Scotia’s Malts Festival Dinner will take place at the Machrihanish Airbase on Tuesday 23 May.
Guests will hear from Iain McAlister and special guests alongside a three-course meal. This will be accompanied by entertainment and five drams including the annual limited-edition Festival Release and a number of single cask drams
not otherwise available for sale.
On Wednesday, 24 May, some of the schedule include:
Glen Scotia’s full programme of events and tickets are available via its website.
On Wednesday 24 May, staff from Springbank, Kilkerran and Cadenhead will play host to a malt barn dinner, from 7pm.
Guests can look forward to a champagne welcome drink, followed by a selection of whiskies and a four course meal.
Springbank's open day is Thursday 25 May, and includes tours, tastings and live music.
Kicking off at 10am, fans can look forward to purchasing open day bottlings, tastings and free demos which are bookable throughout the day and free distillery tours available throughout the day.
There will be stalls selling food and local crafts, as well as live music from 1pm, with the day coming to a close a 6.30pm.
The Springbank festival bottlings for the 2023 Campbeltown Malts Festival are 24 year old, a 14 year old and an 8 year old whisky.
The team wrote on their social media: "Available in 35cl bottles and with around 2000 bottles available from each of the brands there are plenty to go around.
"A queue system will be in place so we remind you to be respectful to our staff and fellow whisky fans and most of all enjoy the day (and the many whiskies on offer)."
Full information on timings, tickets and how to book is available here.
The Glengyle and Cadenhead’s open day will kick off at Glengyle Distillery from 10am, which is when fans will be able to buy the special Kilkerran and Cadenhead’s Open Day bottles.
There's also free distillery tours, local craft and food stalls, a cocktail bar and the Cadenhead's lucky dip bar.
The day will come to a close at 6.30pm
More information and how to buy tickets can be found here.