Glen Scotia distillery, situated in Campbeltown, was built in 1832. Campbeltown is a small town on the Kintyre peninsular on the west coast of Scotland, affectionately known as the “Wee Toon”, and, remarkably for a town of its size, still has 3 operating distilleries; Glen Scotia, Springbank and Glengyle. These distilleries give a remarkable insight into the history of making whisky in this remote, once prolific, whisky making region of Scotland. Glen Scotia was formally known as ‘Scotia’ when it was first founded in 1832 by Stewart & Galbraith and Company. Stewart & Galbraith Co. ran the distillery for almost 60 years. Notable industrialist Duncan MacCallum purchased the distillery in 1891 and he constructed the large frontage which run horizontally across Campbeltown’s High Street.
The start of the new century was a period of upheaval for the whisky industry in Campbeltown and all of Scotland. The First World War, prohibition and over production all conspired to weaken demand. Glen Scotia Distillery was sold out of Campbeltown hands, after World War I and after over one hundred years, to a Glasgow blending house Loch Lomond. Glen Scotia currently operates with a staff of just five employees making it one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. However, with the current annual production levels stand at around 150,000 litres, Glen Scotia is also one of the most efficient distilleries in excistence.