Pronounced KLINE-leesh Meaning slopped garden.

Clynelish was established in 1819 by the Marquis of Stafford, later the Duke of Sutherland to provide an outlet for the barley grown by the tenants. Fuel was provided by the local Brora coal mine, which had been in use since the 16th century. The distillery came into the hands of the Distillers Company Ltd in1925 and finally closed for good in 1983.

The distillery which bears the name Clynelish today dates back to 1967/68, and was built along side the old plant, which was subsequently renamed Brora and distilled whisky using heavily peated malt for a time.

The new Clynelish  distillery was constructed in characteristically bold 1960's DCL style, with a glass fronted still house.

The installation of a new pair of stainless steel washback's during 2008 increased potential annual output at the distillery by some 25%.

One of the few distilleries to be equipped with spirit stills which are larger than the wash stills.


Two additional wash backs are installed.

Just text  •  2008  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


United Distillers (UD) is the new owner since 1987

New owner  •  1987  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Brora has been mothballed

Just text  •  1983  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


The elder distillery produces again

Just text  •  1969  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

The elder distillery has been closed

Just text  •  1968  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Clynelish opened its doors on Sunday 01st January 1967

Opened  •  01.01.1967

A second distillery with the name Clynelish is build

Just text  •  1967  •  Posted by Dirk

Malting floors are closed.

Just text  •  1965  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Stills are steam heated now

Just text  •  1961  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Production started again

Just text  •  1945  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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    4800000 Liters
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Distillery location

Clynelish Road
KW9 6LR Brora, Sutherland
Scotland Highlands


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