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Oban is the CalMac ferry hub for all of the Hebrides 


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It´s small and it’s in the middle of the city! You spot it just under the yellow crane. Tide/flood = 5 m ca

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Less than 10 people - I think they were 7 - by my latest visit in the middle of the typical summer city of Oban. Having had my boat out on the facing Island of Kerrera for a couple year and the ferry mooring just across the street I looked in now and then. This is a small distillery built at the edge of the sea.

When brothers Hugh and John Stevenson arrived at the frontier of the Hebrides Islands in 1793, they found little more than a natural harbor and a windswept view. Here they opened the Oban Brewing Company, their ‘Cowbell Ale’ being the first production. They started distilling whisky the following year. The business remained in the Stevenson family for three generations, until local merchant Peter Cumpstie purchased it in 1830. In 1880, the railroad steamed into Oban, inaugurating a new age of improved communication and transport. The distillery has changed ownership over the years and witnessed a bustling town grow up around it. But our fierce commitment to excellence and tradition has been constant. IN 1989, Oban 14 Year Old was named one of six Classic Malts representing the Western Highlands region.

Really - no one that just visit Oban for whatever purpose is surprised to find a distillery just along the main street.

You can take the train... both signs take you to the same place

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Take the chance before you go to any other Island from CalMac’s Ferry hub to visit Oban. Well worth a visit - even different from most sites you saw or will see. The situation and places that creates a distilleri site is different for sure!

PS At the waterfront you can by any lobster, crab or scallop you can think of... and you don’t need to. do like I did -you can get them served!

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Timeline

Diageo is the new owner since 1997

New owner  •  1997  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Special Bottling: Oban 14 Years is released

Special bottling  •  1989  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

The visitor center open Its doors

Just text  •  1989  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

United Distillers is the new owner since 1986

New owner  •  1986  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Special Bottling: Oban 12 Years is released

Special bottling  •  1979  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Production resumes

Just text  •  1972  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Oban was mothballed in 1968

Mothballed  •  1968  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Production restarted

Just text  •  1937  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Oban was mothballed in 1931

Mothballed  •  1931  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) is the new owner since 1930

New owner  •  1930  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Distillery details

  • Country
    Scotland
  • Status
    Active
  • Founded
    01.01.1794
  • Owner
    Diageo
  • Spirit stills
    1
  • Wash stills
    1

Whisky Details

Distillery location

Stafford Street, Oban, Argyll
PA34 5NH
Scotland Highlands

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