The Isle of Arran is tucked away in the Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland and is affectionately known as 'Scotland in Miniature' as it shares some of the characteristics of the Highlands and Lowlands, the mainland and the Western Isles. Arran was home to many stills in the early 1800s (not all of them legal!) and in 1840 the original Lagg Distillery closed its doors. It wasn't until 1994 when Arran Whisky starting building their distillery in Lochranza at the north end of the island that whisky production returned to Arran. Lochranza was chosen as the water there was of such high quality. The first whisky ran through the still in June 1995 and the distillery was officially opened in the August. Arran Whisky has collected many awards over the years including Scottish Distillery of the Year in 2007 and Distillery Visitor Experience of the Year in 2014 & 2015. In 2018, construction started to build a second distillery in Lagg with production of their unique style of peated whisky beginning there in March 2019.