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Campbeltown Malts Festival 2016 - Full Schedule







It’s only ONE WEEK to go until the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2016 and we are getting more excited by the minute as the final preparations get underway.  

The festival will take place from Wednesday 18th-Friday 20th May with various events each day, celebrating the quality malts produced at Campbeltown’s three distilleries. The full schedule is as follows: 

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Glen Scotia Distillery will be hosting their second annual Open Day at the distillery with doors opening at 10am. There will be a selection of local stalls and demonstrations from their Loch Lomond coopers throughout the day as well as tours and tastings at the following times: 

11am:  Manager’s Office with Staff Member (£30 per person - maximum of 6 people) 

11:30am:  Free Tour 

12pm:  Food Pairing Demo 

1pm:  Dunnage Warehouse Tasting with Distillery Manager (£20 per person - maximum of 20 people)

3pm:  Free Tour 

4pm:  Manager’s Office with Distillery Manager (£50 per person - maximum of 6 people)

For bookings or more information, contact Glen Scotia on +44 (0) 1586 552288 or email

The following events will also be taking place on Wednesday 18th May 2016: 

11:30am:  Springbank Society Tasting in the Malt Barns at Springbank Distillery (FULLY BOOKED)

3pm-6pm:  Whisky Impressions Liquid History Tour (FULLY BOOKED)

7pm:  Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery 12th Anniversary Dinner (FULLY BOOKED

9pm:  Whisky Quiz (more information below)

In addition to the dinner held at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery, the Ardshiel Hotel, Craigard House Hotel and the Harbourview Grille at the Royal Hotel will also be hosting whisky themed dinners. For menu information and bookings, please contact each hotel directly: 

Ardshiel Hotel:  +44 (0) 1586 552133

Craigard House Hotel:  +44 (0) 1586 554242

Royal Hotel:  +44 (0) 1586 810033

After the success of the 2015 quiz, Whisky Macs Bar & Grill will be hosting another Whisky Quiz at 9pm on Wednesday 18th May. Teams of up to 4 will be accepted and the cost will be £2 per player (£8 for team of 4). The only two rules are ‘no mobile phones’ and ‘the quizmaster is always right’!

Thursday 19th May 2016

The Springbank Open Day will take place on Thursday 19th May and we hope to attract a range of locals and visitors to the event. The gates will open at 11am and the following will take place throughout the day: 

  • Free tours of Springbank & Mitchell’s Glengyle distilleries on the hour from 12-4pm
  • A selection of over 25 stalls from local businesses 
  • Hot Food and Cakes  
  • Three special Springbank Open Day bottlings 
  • Music from Campbeltown Brass Band
  • Warehouse Whisky Bar
  • Fyne Ales Bar (plus tastings - more information below) 
  • Marquee Bar 
  • Various Masterclasses and Tastings, as listed below: 

11:30am:  Springbank Intimate Tasting: How wood influences our spirit (FULLY BOOKED)

12:30pm:  The Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tasting (FULLY BOOKED)

12:45pm:  Kilkerran Mini Masterclass: Trio of Single Casks (£15) (SPACES AVAILABLE) 

1:30pm:  Springbank Masterclass: New and Forthcoming Releases (FULLY BOOKED)

2:30pm:  The Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tasting (FULLY BOOKED)

2:45pm:  Springbank Intimate Tasting: Favourites from the past (FULLY BOOKED)

3:45pm:  Cadenhead Masterclass: Cask Samples & Current Bottlings (FULLY BOOKED)

4:30pm:  The Distillery Manager’s Springbank Warehouse Tasting (FULLY BOOKED)

New and exciting news for 2016 is that as well as having their usual bar set up in our marquee, Fyne Ales will also be hosting 3 tasting sessions throughout the day. The tastings will be held at 1pm, 2pm and 5:30pm and should last 30-40 minutes each. The tastings will be bookable on the day at the Fyne Ales bar in the marquee and there will be a cost of £5 per tasting with 15-20 people on each. The tastings will take place in Warehouse 10 and all people taking part in the tasting should meet at the Fyne Ales bar 10 minutes before the tasting begins to be led over to the warehouse. 

Look out your dancing shoes in the evening as from 7pm-11pm, the Malt Barns will be brought to life with live music. Upcoming young local band Rhuvaal will kick proceedings off at 7pm before the return of popular local band THE WEE TOON TELLERS who received rave reviews after a lively set at Springbank Open Day 2015. Local photographer Raymond Hosie will be in the Malt Barns from 8:30pm-10:30pm with his popular photobooth service, there will be a licensed bar and Callie Catering will be pitched up outside, serving hot rolls until 11pm. Entry is free and no ticket is required. 

Friday 20th May 2016

The final day of the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2016 will be dedicated to Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery and Cadenhead’s Independent Bottler. 

At 11am, the gates to Glengyle Distillery will open where there will be hourly free tours of the distillery, local stalls, tastings and a Cadenhead ‘Lucky Dip’ bar. 

At 12 noon, there will be a Kilkerran Work in Progress Masterclass (FULLY BOOKED) and at 2pm, there will be a Question & Answer session with an expert panel who are, or have been, involved with the build, running or promoting of the distillery. As well as asking any questions you may have, you will also be treated to 3 drams throughout the session, including an EXCLUSIVE sample of the upcoming Kilkerran 12yo whisky which will be available to buy in selected markets from August 2016. The cost of the Q&A session is £10 per person and tickets can be purchased on the day or beforehand by emailing There will also be two Cadenhead Warehouse Tastings during the day (FULLY BOOKED) and events at Glengyle Distillery will conclude at 3:30pm. 

In addition to the Glengyle and Cadenhead events, at 11am there will be an Architecture Tour of Campbeltown with David McEwan and at 2:30pm there will be Heritage Tour of Campbeltown with Alex McKinven. The tours of Campbeltown are very interesting and give a great insight into Campbeltown’s historic past, its rich heritage, its people and its stories as well as gaining an insight into some of Campbeltown’s finest buildings and their history. The tours are conducted by local volunteers who deliver the tours free of charge for the public. The tours last approximately one hour and booking in advance is essential. Please contact the Campbeltown Tourist Information Centre to book your spot - you can email them at or call +44 (0) 1586 552056.

Events will conclude on Friday evening with a night of live music in the Ardshiel Hotel who will host The Coaltown Daisies as part of their ‘A Whisky For the Road’ Live Tour. For more information, please call the Ardshiel Hotel on +44 (0) 1586 552133.

The break down of events on Friday 20th May is: 

10am:  Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting with Mark Watt (FULLY BOOKED)

11am:  Architecture Tour with David McEwan (SPACES AVAILABLE)

12 noon:  Reflection on the Kilkerran Work in Progress series (FULLY BOOKED)

2pm:  Kilkerran Question & Answer Session with expert panel (SPACES AVAILABLE)

2:30pm:  Heritage Tour with Alex McKinven (SPACES AVAILABLE)

3:30pm:  Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting with Mark Watt (FULLY BOOKED)

Evening:  Live Music from The Coaltown Daisies in the Ardshiel Hotel (SPACES AVAILABLE)

For more information on any of the above events, please contact Mairi by emailing or calling +44 (0) 1586 552009.