The Royal Burgh of Campbeltown, the principle town of Kintyre, sits on a small sea loch and is the home of Springbank, Scotland’s oldest independent distillery. The town and surrounding area are picturesque featuring beautiful beaches, walks and old buildings reflecting a long trading history.
There is plenty to see and do locally and the town gives access to some of the nearby islands including Arran, which can be reached by a seasonal ferry crossing.
Welcome to the Ardshiel Hotel, in Campbeltown.
Our aim is to provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere whether you are staying with us overnight, visiting our restaurant, catching up with friends over coffee or enjoying a drink in our award winning bar.
The Ardshiel Hotel provides an excellent base to explore Campbeltown and Kintyre. Situated within walking distance of the town centre and all three of the towns working distilleries Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia enjoying Campbeltown's rich whisky history is right on your doorstep.
The History of Whisky in Campbeltown
The history of whisky in Campeltown dates back to the 1800’s. The coastal town, located on the Kintyre Peninsula, is one of five areas in Scotland categorised as a distinct malt whisky producing region and home to the Campbeltown Single Malts. Whisky historian Alfred Barnard visited Campbeltown, known by some as ‘the whisky capital of the world’ in 1885 due to hearing of the astonishing growth of whisky in the area from the early 19th century. Barnard conducted a tour of 21 distilleries, the success of which inspired the publication of his book entitled The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom. Today three active distilleries remain in Campbeltown: Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank.
The following timeline marks the key dates in the development of the whisky industry in Campbeltown:
1591 – The first written reference to whisky in the area
1700 – The Earl of Argyll, Chief of the Campbells gives Campbeltown its name
1823 – The legalisation of distilling
1828 – Springbank distillery is founded by Archibald Mitchell
1832 – The founding of Glen Scotia
1885 – 21 active distilleries in the area
1920 – The majority of distilleries begin closing down operation
1934 – Springbank and Glen Scotia continue production
2004 – Glengyle distillery re-opens
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