As you may well know, we have been running the Springbank Open Day since 2009 and the event continues to attract more and more visitors to Campbeltown each year. On the day, activities usually include free distillery tours, masterclasses, local craft stalls, live music, special bottlings and much more!
Inspired by the Explore Campbeltown initiative, this year we are extending the celebrations and from Wednesday 21st May to Friday 23rd May 2014, Campbeltown’s three distilleries will be working together to create The Campbeltown Malts Festival where the whiskies from Springbank, Glengyle and Glen Scotia are all celebrated.
During the day on Wednesday 21st of May we will be mainly focusing on Glen Scotia. There will be free tours of Glen Scotia Distillery running at 12 noon and 2.30pm. At 4pm, a representative from Glen Scotia will be holding a masterclass where you will get to taste some of the range. The masterclass will be held in the Tasting Room at Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop and will cost £25 per person which includes a branded Glen Scotia Glencairn glass.
Details on the Wednesday evening events are still being finalised at the moment but we will be holding a special dinner at Glengyle Distillery to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the re-opening. This will be a similar idea to the Kiln Dinner we held at Springbank last year but will take place in the Still House at Glengyle. After the dinner we will be holding a ceilidh with live music and lots of dancing! More information on the Glengyle events will be released in the coming weeks. Customers who have pre-purchased the 10 year old Kilkerran sets and single bottles will be able to collect them from the Wednesday onwards.
On the Thursday it will be the Springbank Open Day which will be in the same format as previous years. The following masterclasses and tastings will be available:
11.30am / Cadenhead Masterclass with Mark Watt & Grant Macpherson
12 noon / The Distillery Manager’s Warehouse Tasting (3 drams)
1pm / Glengyle Masterclass with Jenny Karlsson
2pm / The Distillery Manager’s Warehouse Tasting (3 drams)
2.30pm / Springbank Masterclass with Ranald Watson
4pm / The Distillery Manager’s Warehouse Tasting (3 drams)
Masterclasses cost £25.00 each and include a ‘Springbank Open Day’ Glencairn Glass / Manager’s Warehouse Tastings cost £15.00 each.
On the Friday we will be holding our annual Golf Competition which this year will be re-named The Campbeltown Malts Open Golf Competition to be inclusive of all the distilleries in the Campbeltown region. We are still in the planning process for this but will be releasing more information in due course.
Our whisky celebrations will kick off a busy weekend of events within Campbeltown when it will play host to both the Kintyre Songwriters Festival and the Mull of Kintyre 10k and Half Marathon. Each of the different events will be a fantastic opportunity to attract visitors to the town and excitement is definitely starting to build up.
If you would like any more information on the events or to book onto any of the tastings then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
***NEWS JUST IN!!***
We are delighted to announce that the Ardshiel Hotel has WON the Scottish Field Whisky Bar of the Year award ‘by a country mile’!! A huge congratulations to Flora and Marion and a big thank you to everyone who voted for them to be crowned the winner of this prestigious award. Another great achievement for Campbeltown which will no doubt attract more visitors and help to keep raising the profile of the town. Great news!!
SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2013
Nightmare on Bolgam Street
Join us in The Tasting Room for Halloween with the witches cauldron and creepy crawly cocktails (wine also available for purchase on the evening)
7pm for 7.30pm
Fancy dress optional (but preferred!)
Tickets available from Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop or telephone 01586 55 1710 (ext 1)
SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2013
The Rocky Horror Picture Show themed cocktail evening in aid of CGS4GAMBIA.
7.30pm - 10pm
£20 per teapot - £5 going to CGS4GAMBIA with Springbank Distillery matching all proceeds on the night
Games and surprises on the night plus prize for the best Rocky Horror inspired costume
Book early to save disappointment at Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop or telephone 01586 55 1710 (ext 1)
For event posters visit the Explore Campbeltown Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Explore-Campbeltown/518063421565098?ref=tn_tnmn
The date for Springbank Open Day 2014 will be Thursday 22nd May. More information on the days events will be released in the coming months so keep an eye out on here and our Facebook page!
There are only 4 more days to crown the Ardshiel Hotel winners of the prestigious Scottish Field Whisky Bar of the Year Award.
It is a fantastic achievement to make the Top 10 as judged by a panel of whisky experts but now the final vote is down to the public. The Ardshiel is genuinely something to behold, with almost 500 different malt whiskies on display (including many rarities) at any one time and getting on for a further 500 in storage. It is a unique collection which is lovingly curated by the owners who are always on hand with expert suggestions and tasting notes to ensure that everyone from the whisky connoisseur to first-time dabbler gets the most out of their visit.
There are two ways to vote:
1) Online at www.scottishfield.co.uk/votenow or
2) By emailing your choice to email@example.com
Please pass this onto anyone else who may consider voting. They are currently sitting in 2nd position...lets get them to number 1 by the closing date this Friday!
In June this year, local Campbeltown lass Dawnne McGeachy won Scotland’s top art prize, the Jolomo Awards. This week Springbank Distillery are playing host to an art exhibition where some of Dawnne’s work will be be on display for locals and visitors to come and view.
The exhibition opened to the public last Saturday (31st August) and will be shown every day until Saturday 7th September. It will be open from 10am-12noon and 2-4pm each day with a late night viewing available from 7-9pm on Thursday 5th September.
To read more about Dawnne’s story, please follow the first link below to The Kintyre Forum where an article from The Scotsman gives a little background to Dawnne and an insight into where she gets her inspiration from.
Over the past 6 months, Springbank Distillers, the Ardshiel Hotel and Machrihanish Holiday Park have been working together with the local businesses of South Kintyre to create a website to act as an online directory in order to help us promote the fantastic goods and services on offer here in Campbeltown and the outlying areas. Listing on the website is absolutely free in order to be inclusive of every business, no matter of the size. The support from the local community has been overwhelming and we currently have over 180 businesses signed up to the project. The website is a great resource to assist you on on your stay here to Campbeltown.
On Wednesday we hosted a launch night where partners got the first look at the website and had a fantastic turn out. A massive thank you is in order to: Campbeltown Brass and members of Kintyre Songwriters Festival for providing some brilliant music on the evening, Kintyre Smokehouse, Argyll Bakeries and First Milk for providing some quality local produce for guests, Flora and Marion for providing the venue and food, Mike Russell MSP for attending and having such a positive attitude for the project and everyone involved in making the website and evening such a success!
If you haven’t checked out the website yet then please do at: www.explorecampbeltown.com. All feedback is welcome so please let us know your thoughts!
Well, the auction is over folks! After some last minute bidding yesterday just before the auction ended we can now announce that the highest bid was £2,500. A fantastic total for a very worthy cause and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the auction.
Remember, even if you missed out on the full bottle, the Ardshiel Hotel still have some left in theirs so why not swing by for a taste? It is £25.00 a nip with all proceeds going to the CGS4Gambia group!
After 3 weeks of bidding we have been amazed by both the number and the size of bids we have received! We are excited to announce that the highest bid currently stands at a whopping £2,150.00.
Remember the auction will run until Monday 26th August so there is still time to get your bids in. If you would like to bid please do so by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ardshiel Hotel still had a little left in their bottle so if you are visiting Campbeltown in the near future, why not drop by for a wee dram of this special whisky?
Springbank Distillery are holding a special charity auction to help raise funds for Campbeltown Grammar School’s 2014 volunteering trip to Kalagi, Gambia where they will do voluntary work in a school there.
Bids will be taken on a special sample drawn from the oldest cask at the distillery (24 years, 3 months & 9 days old!)
Auction begins Friday 12th July 2013 and ends at 5pm BST on Monday 26th August 2013
To bid, send your offer, along with your name, address and contact telephone number to:
A weekly announcement will be made to let everyone know the current highest bid, with the winning bid being announced after 5pm on August 26th.