The visitor centre of the award-winning Isle of Arran Distillery has been recognised for the second year running in the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge.
Chosen over ten other well-renowned distilleries, including runners-up Glendronach and Ben Nevis, The Isle of Arran Distillery Visitor centre retained its title as the Best Distillery Visitor Experience.
Opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1997, the visitor centre is located right next to the distillery itself overlooking the breath-taking landscape of Lochranza. A popular destination for whisky fans, this centre offers several packages ranging in time and cost from a smaller scale tours to more in-depth whisky experiences, all lead by friendly and professionally trained guides who are fast gaining the reputation of being the best in the business. It also boasts a thriving café selling local produce and a gift shop well-stocked with core-range and limited edition Arran Single Malts.
Visitor centre manager, Faye Waterlow, said: “We’re incredibly proud of what we do at the visitor centre. The distillery produces whisky of an exceptional quality and our aim is always to match that with our warmth, knowledge and dedication.
“The feedback from visitors is always our marker but to be recognised by Scottish Field for the second year running is a wonderful affirmation of our efforts.”
As the distillery approaches its 21st birthday, the visitor centre is expanding to include a new Blending and Tasting room which will open in March 2016. Two new stills are also being installed to meet increasing demand for the Isle of Arran Single Malts.
Euan Mitchell, managing director of the distillery commented: “Welcoming people to the distillery is very important to us. The quality and provenance of our whisky naturally attracts some very passionate visitors, including Roman Abramovich this summer, so it’s essential that our visitor experience lives up to expectations.
“With the distillery turning 21 next year, we’re looking forward to expanding and hope to welcome many more whisky fans to Lochranza.”