Campbeltown Whisky Tour Itinerary
Campbeltown was once a huge centre for whisky production with over 28 distilleries in the area however, the industry began to decline around the 1900’s. Now there are only three distilleries. They are all within the town boundaries and within walking distance of each other, ideal for whisky tour.
The area’s whisky fame is recalled in a famous Scottish Folk song, Campbeltown Loch, I wish you were whisky! Perhaps a more musical connection is through Paul and Linda McCartney who, with Wings, immortalised the area through the song, Mull of Kintyre. There is a memorial garden to Linda McCartney in the town next to the museum.
Springbank Distillery is the oldest distillery you can visit in Campbeltown starting production in 1828. It has stood the test of time and it’s still independently owned by the founding family. The inexpensive distillery tour is followed by a whisky from the core range.
Glen Scotia Distillery
Glen Scotia Distillery was founded in 1832 and has managed to keep some of the original distillery buildings which adds to its charm. Glen Scotia produces a wide range of whisky expressions and has a warehouse tasting experience in its tour portfolio.
Glengyle Distillery was established in 1872. Barley is malted in Glen Scotia’s malting floor. Unusually the single malt it produces is not known by the distillery name … it’s known as Kilkerran. The Wee Toon Walking & Warehouse Tour takes in both Springbank and Glengyle. This was previously known as the Premier Tour.
Campbeltown Whisky Tour Map
Starting from the harbour area it is a short walk to Springbank Distillery. The distillery produces three styles of single malt. Springbank single malt is lightly peated and is distilled 2.5 times whereas most Scotch whisky is distilled twice. Longrow is a heavily peated style and Hazelburn is a light whisky triple distilled whisky style.
It’s a short walk to Mitchel’s Glengyle Distillery. Glengyle Distillery is home of Kilkerran single malt. It uses malt from Springbank which is its sister distillery – indeed there is a tour which links both.
From Mitchel’s Glengyle Distillery, it’s a 10 minute walk to Glen Scotia Distillery. Established in 1832 Glen Scotia produces both peated and non peated whisky styles. Glen Scotia offers Dunnage Warehouse Tastings and there is also a Distillery Manager’s Tour.
There are plenty of routes back but Campbeltown has a lovely shoreline. You can make your way down to the esplanade and walk back towards the centre taking in the seaviews.
How to get to Campbeltown
As the crow flies, Campbeltown is 65 miles from Glasgow however, the actual route is much longer as it involves heading north from Glasgow and then down the Kintyre peninsula, a distance of around 138 miles.
Driving is an option. There is also a regular bus service from Glasgow which takes around 4 hours and 20 minutes.
There are regular flights from Glasgow to Campbeltown which only take around 45 minutes. The airport is about 5 miles away.