DOWN MEMORY LANE, March 13 2020

Whisky barrels, cargo and passengers await boarding onto a sister ship of the SS Davaar – making this ship either the Kinloch or the Kintyre - at Campbeltown Harbour.
Whisky barrels, cargo and passengers await boarding onto a sister ship of the SS Davaar – making this ship either the Kinloch or the Kintyre - at Campbeltown Harbour.

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Mystery location identified

Well done to those who recognised the mystery location in last week’s Down Memory Lane as the newer cemetery at Clachan.

As we said in the piece, there may have been a hint for those able to understand the Gaelic ‘achadh na sithe’ inscribed in stone in one of the photographs. It translates as ‘the field of peace’, apt for a graveyard where so many are laid to rest.

The photographs were all taken at the newer cemetery at Clachan. NO_c11dmlmystery01

Glen Scotia celebrates town’s whisky heyday

Glen Scotia Distillery is calling for local people to share photographs which capture the peak of Campbeltown’s whisky industry during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries.

As Scotland’s fifth and smallest malt producing region, in the Victorian era Campbeltown was known as the whisky capital of the world and was home to more than 30 working distilleries.

Since 1832, Glen Scotia has been shaped by the people, time and events – as well as the history of Campbeltown itself – and the distillery is now searching for photographs which bring its unique whisky history and heritage to life.

Iain McAlister, master distiller and distillery manager at Glen Scotia, said: ‘The contribution Campbeltown has made to Scotch is incomparable and we are proud to continue to fly the flag for the region around the world.

‘Whisky was a way of life in our coastal town for over 100 years and over time, all that experience, craft and passion have been poured into Glen Scotia. Now we are on the hunt for photography that will help us uncover what makes Campbeltown the “whiskiest place in the world”.’

Digital or print photographs can be submitted via email to glenscotia@bigpartnership.co.uk or by post to Glen Scotia, BIG Partnership, Fountain House, 1-3 Woodside Crescent, Glasgow, G3 7UL, alongside contact details of the sender, by March 31.

Selected images will feature as part of a photography exhibition during this year’s Campbeltown Malts Festival and may also be showcased through Glen Scotia’s marketing activity to further raise awareness of the distillery and Campbeltown around the world.

Glen Scotia’s search for photography follows in the footsteps of the distillery’s campaign in 2019, which aimed to recognise Campbeltown as the ‘whiskiest place in the world’, and successfully reached the UK Parliament.

The motion acknowledged the region for playing a significant part in the history and development of whisky distilling in Scotland and congratulated Mr McAlister on helping to raise awareness of Campbeltown’s whisky heritage.