Islay's newest whisky distillery Ardnahoe announces that it is now open

The Scottish company behind the creation of Islay's newest whisky distillery has announced on social media that it is now officially open. 

Published 4th Apr 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Following a post stating that the doors on the new production site were now open on Facebook, which received nearly 2,000 likes, the team behind the new build added: "We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the well wishes on the official opening of our distillery!

"It is such an exciting time, and we can finally share it with you - we hope to see you all at the distillery in the near future."

Ardnahoe Distillery

Picture: Ardnahoe Facebook

The project, which is slightly behind schedule, was announced in 2016 by Glasgow-based whisky specialists Hunter Laing & Co.

The first new malt whisky distillery on Islay in over a decade, it is the ninth on the Hebridean island - after the recent proposals for Gartbreck Distillery stalled at the planning stage - and the first to be built since Kilchoman was established in 2005.

Ardnahoe Distillery

Picture: Ardnahoe Distillery Facebook

The original plans for the site included a visitor centre comprising of a café, tasting room and shop.

Located on the on the north east coast of Islay near Port Askaig, construction began on the site at the end of 2017 with the new distillery now open for tours.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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