Loch Ewe


This distillery near Loch Ewe and Gairloch is more or less a micro distillery, but to be honest, it is the smallest working whisky distillery of Scotland (2009). It is situated near the Drumchork Lodge Hotel in Aultbea, Wester Ross. 

Very small alambic potstills produce a uisge beatha, each of the stills have a volume of about 120 litres only. Heated by open fire the wash and the low wines are distilled by traditional methods hence there is no spirit safe. The spirit is produced as it was in the „olde“ days of illicit distilling. The malted barley is from Simpsons of Berwick. The casks have the miniture size of two, three and four gallons. There is also a small „ miniture dunnage warehouse.“ 

The production water came initially from a loch near the distillery. But according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency the water was regarded as not acceptable according to EU-regulations. The Distillery was not allowed to use untreated water, tap chlorified water was used instead giving the spirit a strange flavour. Today the chlorine is removed from the tap water by filtration. The Spirit of Loch Ewe is sold in 50cl pottery jugs for 75,- pounds (2009).

Distillery Manager: John Clotworthy, licenced Trade Association Whisky Ambassador

Latest News: The distillery and the Hotel Lodge are for sale. September 2015

Visits by appointment. The hotel bar offers about seven hundred

whiskies (2009)

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owner: John and Francis Clotworthy