Campbeltown lies near the southern tip of the remote Kintyre peninsula in Argyllshire and it is probably one of the least known regions.
It used to be the 'whisky capital' of Scotland, with over 30 distilleries. Many of them were founded in the 19th century during the golden era of the Scotch whisky industry. The Campbeltown area was blessed with lots of advantages that helped it become the major whisky region of Scotland. Supplies of water, barley, peat and coal were abundant and the coastal location allowed distilleries to ship their whisky quickly and cheaply to major markets. Unfortunately, the Great Depression and the prohibition in the USA forced the vast majority of distilleries in the area to close down.
Today, Campbeltown's whisky- making industry is a shadow of its former self, with just Springbank, Glen Scotia and Glengyle in operation. Springbank also produce the Longrow and Hazelburn as well as producing Kilkerran malt in the ancient buildings of Glengyle Distillery, which was the first new whisky distillery of the 21st Century. Distilling recommenced at Glengyle in 2004, after almost eight decades of silence, and the Scotch Whisky Association subsequently reinstated Campbeltown as a separate whisky region, having previously included its whiskies in the Highland category for a number of years