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Campbeltown Malts Festival Update

Wednesday 21st May 2014 // Evening - Mitchell's Glengyle 10th Birthday

Tuesday of this week was a special day for our sister distillery, Glengyle as it marked the official 10th anniversary of its re-opening on 25th March 2004. We can hardly believe that it has been 10 years already but it's been great to see how well things have progressed during this time. We thought that it would be a good idea to hold off the birthday celebrations until May so that we can combine them with the Open Day.

After the success of The Kiln Dinner at Springbank in 2013 we will be holding a similar event for 2014, this time at Glengyle Distillery.

You can begin Kilkerran’s 10th birthday celebrations in style by joining us for a special dinner in the Still House at Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery. On arrival, you will be greeted with a champagne reception which will also feature a range of locally sourced canapés. Following this, you will enjoy a three course meal with specially selected wines to accompany each course.
You will take home an exclusive 70cl bottle of Kilkerran which will be selected by the guests and hand bottled straight from the cask on the evening. After the meal, you will be a guest of honour at the Mitchell’s Glengyle Ceilidh where you can enjoy dancing along to the sounds of ‘The Kinloch Ceilidh Band’. Members of the Springbank, Mitchell’s Glengyle and Cadenhead team will be on hand to share their wisdom and a few drams with you throughout the evening!

This exclusive event will be limited to 30 people and will cost £250.00 per person. Payment on booking will be required. To book your place or if you would like any more information then email mairi@springbankwhisky.com or call 01586 55 2009.

Starting at 8pm, we will be holding a ceilidh inside one of the buildings on the grounds of Glengyle Distillery when we will dance until the wee hours! There will be a licensed bar, live music and lots of Scottish dancing. Popular local musicians 'The Kinloch Ceilidh Band' will provide the music for the evening and plenty of the Springbank girls and boys will be there to keep you right and teach you the steps! There will be hot filled rolls such as burgers available to purchase around 10pm for those who work up an appetite from all the dancing!

The cost of the ceilidh is £5.00 per person and tickets can either be booked in advance (payment on booking) or you can pay at the door on the night. If you would like to secure a ticket and pre-book then email mairi@springbankwhisky.com or call 01586 55 2009.

Thursday 22nd May 2014 // Springbank Open Day

Tickets for the Masterclasses and Tastings are selling fast but there are still a few available on the majority of them. A quick reminder of these:

11.30am / Cadenhead Masterclass with Mark Watt & Grant Macpherson

12pm/ 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) - SOLD OUT

Masterclasses cost £25.00 each and include a ‘Springbank Open Day’ Glencairn Glass / Manager’s Warehouse Tastings cost £15.00 each. To book your ticket email mairi@springbankwhisky.com or call 01586 55 2009.

More information on other activities taking place at the Open Day will be released in due course.

Friday 23rd May 2014 // The Campbeltown Malts Open Golf Competition

On the Friday we will be holding the Campbeltown Malts Golf Open Competition which will be taking place at the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club. This year it will be a 'Pairs' competition and will run with the better ball format. Tee times will range from 10am to 12.30pm and the golf club will provide a free pick up and drop off transport service between Springbank Distillery and Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club. 

The price for non-locals to participate will be £30.00 per person and for locals £10.00 per person. There will also be the option for breakfast and/or lunch at the golf club. To be provided with a breakfast roll and tea/coffee on arrival this will cost an extra £6.00 per person and if you would like lunch after the golf then it will be an extra £10.00 per person.

There will be plenty of whisky releated prizes up for grabs and Machrihanish Dunes have kindly provided a prize of 1 nights stay for 4 adults in the Ugadale Cottages with a Round of Golf at Machrihanish Dunes. Payment will take place on the day at the golf club. If you would like to book a place then email mairi@springbankwhisky.com or call 01586 55 2009.

Campbeltown Malts Festival 2014

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 mairi@springbankwhisky.com.

The Ardshiel Hotel are crowned THE WINNERS!

***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!!

Upcoming Tasting Room Events


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

Tickets £25

Fancy dress optional (but preferred!)

Tickets available from Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop or telephone 01586 55 1710 (ext 1)


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


Springbank Open Day 2014

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!

Ardshiel Hotel in the running for Whisky Bar of the Year Award...please vote!

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 whisky@scottishfield.co.uk

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!

Dawnne McGeachy Art Exhibition at Springbank

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.




The Explore Campbeltown website is now LIVE!!!!

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!

Campbeltown Grammar School Gambia Appeal - Springbank Auction Update

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 auction@springbankwhisky.com.

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?