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Islay, Ardbeg Distillery

Distillery (Period Unassigned), Pier (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Islay, Ardbeg Distillery

Classification Distillery (Period Unassigned), Pier (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 38023

Site Number NR44NW 43

NGR NR 4156 4622

NGR Description Centred NR 4156 4622

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kildalton And Oa
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR44NW 43 centred 4156 4622

Distillery [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, March 2010.



Jura (sic), Ardbeg Distillery.

Distillery. Repairs after fire.

GD 64/3/137

(Undated) information in NMRS.

(Location cited as NR 414 462). Ardbeg Distillery, founded 1815. A most interesting group of buildings including two 3-storey and attic malt barns, one 11 bays long, with double pyramidal-roofed kiln, and the other with a single pyramidal-roofed kiln. There are two pot stills, mash tun and eight wash backs (fermenting vessels). The distillery was formerly served by a small wood-piled pier, now disused.

J R Hume 1977.

A RCAHMS photographic survey of Ardbeg Distillery was conducted, during October 1999, to enhance and augment the National Monuments Record Scotland holdings.

Visited by RCAHMS (MKO), July 1999.


Dcc Note (2004)

Ardbeg Distillery ('small height or point): established in 1815 and taken over by Hiram Walker in 1977. Later bought by Allied Distillers and mothballed in 1981. Remained 'silent' until 1989. Bought by Glenmorangie in 1997 with investment and refurbishing of buildings and plant. In October 2004, Glenmorangie taken over by Louis Vuitton - Moet Hennessy.

Malt used in Ardbeg production minimum level of 50p.p.m. phenol giving its whisky a distinctive flavour.

Information from 'Experience the Islay and Jura Whisky Trail leaflet, produced by the Islay and Jura Tourism and Marketing Group [c.2004]


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