Sunday, September 6, 2015

List of Active Scottish Malt Whisky Distilleries

It is often discussed how many working whisky distilleries there is in Scotland

132 according to this list:

Distilleries that have bottled something:

1 Aberfeldy
2 Aberlour
3 Abhainn Dearg
4 Ailsa Bay
5 Allt-a-Bhainne
6 Annandale
7 Arbikie
8 Ardbeg
9 Ardmore
10 Ardnamurchan
11 Arran
12 Auchentoshan
13 Auchroisk
14 Aultmore
15 Balblair
16 Balmenach
17 Balvenie
18 Benriach
19 Benrinnes
20 Benromach
21 Ben Nevis
22 Bladnoch
23 Blair Athol
24 Bowmore
25 Braeval
26 Bruichladdich
27 Bunnahabhain
28 Caol Ila
29 Cardhu
30 Clynelish
31 Cragganmore
32 Craigellachie
33 Daftmill
34 Dailuaine
35 Dalmore
36 Dalmunach
37 Dalwhinnie
38 Deanston
39 Dornoch
40 Dufftown
41 Eden Mill
42 Edradour
43 Fettercairn
44 Glasgow Distillery Co.
45 Glenallachie
46 Glenburgie
47 Glencadam
48 Glendronach
49 Glendullan
50 Glenfarclas
51 Glenfiddich
52 Glengarioch
53 Glenglassaugh
54 Glengoyne
55 Glengyle
56 Glenkinchie
57 Glenlivet
58 Glenlossie
59 Glenmorangie
60 Glenrothes
61 Glentauchers
62 Glenturret
63 Glen Elgin
64 Glen Grant
65 Glen Keith
66 Glen Moray
67 Glen Ord
68 Glen Scotia
69 Glen Spey
70 Highland Park
71 Inchdairnie
72 Inchgower
73 Isle of Jura
74 Isle of Raasay
75 Kilchoman
76 Kingsbarns
77 Kininvie
78 Knockando
79 Knockdhu
80 Lagavulin
81 Laphroaig
82 Linkwood
83 Loch Lomond
84 Longmorn
85 Macallan
86 Macduff
87 Mannochmore
88 Miltonduff
89 Mortlach
90 Ncn'ean 
91 Oban
92 Old Pulteney
93 Royal Brackla
94 Royal Lochnagar
95 Scapa
96 Speyburn
97 Speyside
98 Springbank
99 Strathearn
100 Strathisla
101 Strathmill
102 Talisker
103 Tamdhu
104 Tamnavulin
105 Teaninich
106 Tobermory
107 Tomatin
108 Tomintoul
109 Torabhaig
110 Tormore
111 Tullibardine
112 Wolfburn

Distillleries that haven't bottled a 3 year old yet

113 Aberargie 
114 Ardnahoe
115 Ballindalloch
116 Borders
117 Clydeside 
118 Deeside
119 Falkirk
120 Glenwyvis
121 Holyrood
122 Isle of Harris
123 Lagg
124 Lindores Abbey 
125 LoneWolf Spirits
126 Roseisle


127 Cameron Bridge
128 Girvan
129 Invergordon
130 North British
131 Starlaw
132 Strathclyde

The Joker

??? Loch Ewe


  1. Great list, if thats OK for you Id like to post that in my site also (with a link to this original post of course)

  2. It's difficult to keep up with all the new distilleries and when they have started distilling - something I've been trying to do as well. There is one more new distillery that you've not yet listed - Ncn'ean Drimnin in Morvern.
    As for the joker, It still has a web presence, indeed a new one dated 2017. However the website uses pictures from other distilleries, as does the Facebook page.. There is no contact phone number on either the distillery's site or that of the linked Drumchork Lodge Hotel. A google search brings up the same number 01445 731242 as that listed by, but it comes back as an Invalid Number when you try to ring it. There is a London phone number on the Facebook page (, but that cuts off immediately.
    There were a number of posts on the Facebook page during August using, as mentioned above, photos from other distilleries, and appearing to suggest that things were still functioning, though the use of the 'e' in the spelling of whiskey is also odd.
    The entry is not dated but states "In 2015 Drumchork Lodge Hotel and Loch Ewe distillery was put up for sale to allow the Clotworthys to retire. It is currently under offer."
    The most recent TripAdvisor reviews also point to its demise:
    "Dropped by on a mid week afternoon, but both the micro-distillery and the hotel next door were shut-up. Checking with the owners of the Aultbea hotel down in the village, the owners had given up and moved away. Shame - looked as if it would have been quite promising" (6 June 2017)
    "Located a little off the Aultbea Road, this 'unique' distillery offers the whisky enthusiast a real alternative to the corporate distillery tour. It you want to be insulted - you will get it, if you want to be told to 'hurry up I am about to start a tour' (only consisting of two misguided souls!) - you will get it, if you want to be ripped off - don't worry, you will get it. Best keep the £10 tour fee and enjoy a proper dram elsewhere. Dire." (11 April 2017)
    Reviews from 2016 were much better, though the reviews of the Drumchork Hotel have been consistently bad.

  3. Thank You. I remember reading about Drimnin a while ago but missed they started allready. The reason I probably never add Lochewe to the list is that I doubt they have the intention to age their spirit


  4. I do recall a Loch Ewe stall at some Whisky Festivals, probably about 10 years ago, and I assume they had some samples, though I can't be sure. What I do recall is that the product they were selling was a stay at the hotel, where you could distil your own spirit and take it away in a small cask - suggests that a small amount of spirit was matured for 3 years and that there was even an 8yo, but the capacity was so small, that little if any is around today.
    I will make some further enquiries, and post anything I do find out here as well as my own site.
    As to Ncn'ean, I only found out about them have started distilling about three weeks ago - their site says they started distilling in March, bit they don't seem to have had much publicity.