Scran on the road part 2: Discovering Islay's spirits

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 2nd Jul 2021
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

Now that we can travel around Scotland again, Scran on the road is back.

Over the next two episodes, Rosalind heads to Islay to discover the draw it has for visitors - from whisky tourism to amazing seafood.

On this second part of our Scran on the Road series on Islay, Rosalind discovers some of the drams and drinks that have made the island famous.

To find out more about Islay spirits, Rosalind chats to the visitor centre manager at Bunnahabhain, Billy Sinclair, owner of Islay Gin Audrey Gow, owner of Kilchoman distillery Anthony Wills and Ardbeg’s visitor centre manager, Jackie Thomson.

Tune in to hear their favourite spots on Islay, desert island drams, what the last year and a half has been like without tourism and their own personal stories of what brought them to Islay.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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