The inaugural Gintyre Festival took place in April, 2018 as a collaboration between Campbeltown Town Hall, Explore Campbeltown and local gin producers, Beinn an Tuirc Distillers.
We brought a variety Scottish gin producers together and attendees had a fantastic afternoon sampling and buying.
Many local establishments got on board with gin related menu items all weekend and even a classic gin-related film was shown at the Campbeltown Picture House – Casablanca!
Gintyre 2019 will take place from 12-14 April and we have already secured a number of producers. There will be some familiar faces from last year but also some different gins from around Scotland for you to try.
Keep an eye on this page for more details or ‘like’ our Facebook page!
Early bird tickets will go on sale at the Explore Campbeltown Christmas Market on December 2. You will be able buy tickets online in the new year.
Avva Gin is produced by Moray Distillery in the heart of Speyside. As well as traditional botanicals, they use specially selected ingredients from the surrounding highland region to produce this classic, delicately crafted spirit. Each small batch is hand-bottled and every bottle is signed by their master distiller.
Biggar Gin hit the market in April 2018 and has already picked up the Gin Guide Award for Best London Gin. They are dedicated to small-batch, craft production and successfully combine innovative flavour, traditional techniques and brilliant branding.
Now in its second year of production, Kintyre Gin is no longer the new kid and Beinn and Tuirc Distillers have added a few more products to their range. Oak Aged Kintyre Gin has been very popular as has their Kintyre Pink, distilled with Scottish raspberries.
Family-run Linlithgow Distillers began producing Lin Gin in early 2018. Taking inspiration from foraged local botanicals and expertly blending them with traditional ingredients, they have produced a sophisticated London Dry style gin which truly reflects their unique locality.
Named for lost loch,Loch Auchlossan on the edge of the Cairngorms, this highland distillery produces a range of innovative spirits including Eenoo Gin, distilled with Royal Deeside honey. They are committed to renewable energy sources and the distillery utilises a wind turbine, solar panel array and a biomass boiler.
Lussa Gin is produced on the Isle of Jura by a trio of inspiring women who grow and gather the botanicals on the island. It’s distinctive citrus flavour comes from lemon thyme and lemon balm which are delicately balanced with other innovative ingredients such as bog myrtle and ground elder. Sea lettuce gives the gin just a hint of the ocean which surrounds this beautiful island.
Arguably the smallest small-batch gin producer in Scotland, if not the world(!) McLeans Gin began life in a cupboard in the flat of Jess and Colin McLean. They produce an exciting range of unique expressions which more than live up to their raised profile, boosted by their innovative story.
Nerabus is a tiny hamlet on the south west side of Islay and is known for wild heather and deer population. Husband and wife team Drs John and Audrey Gow set up Islay Gin and produce Nerabus with a traditional mix of juniper, herbs and spices along with an infusion of wild Islay Heather.
Bottled locally by Cadenheads in Campbeltown, Old Raj achieves its unique spice flavour thanks to the addition of saffron, which is rumoured to be mixed using a fork lift truck in their car park! A popular gin that is holding its own in a busy market.
Pixel Spirits produce very small, hand crafted bespoke gin from their highland distillery, based in the grounds of the Loch Leven Hotel in North Ballachulish. As well as gin production, Pixel also offer enthusiasts the chance to create their own gin at their onsite gin school.
1pm – 5pm
The Town Hall, Campbeltown
The main event! Your ticket admits one and includes:
Tastes of gin from all the producers
2 complementary drinks from the cocktail bar
Entry to ‘meet the maker’ breakout sessions
7.30pm – midnight
The Town Hall, Campbeltown
Pop back to the Town Hall on Saturday evening to dance the night away accompanied by one of Scotland’s leading jazz ensembles, Rose Room.
There will also be a gin bar stocking bottles from all the Gintyre producers.
On Sunday 22 April, Beinn an Tuirc Distillers are hosting free tours of their brand new tasting room at Torrisdale Castle Estate. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
On Friday 20 April, the award-winning Ardshiel Hotel in Campbeltown are hosting a special food and gin pairing menu. Each course will accompanied by a gin from one of the Gintyre producers. Contact www.ardshiel.co.uk.
Of all the gin joints! The newly refurbished Campbeltown Picture House are showing a one-off special viewing of Casablanca especially for the Gintyre Festival on Sunday 23 April. See their website for tickets and details.
Enjoy your stunning journey down (or up!) to Kintyre! There are several daily buses from Glasgow to Campbeltown which is roughly a 4 hour journey. Check out the CityLink website for details.
Driving by car takes approximately 3.5 hours from Glasgow.
Check out the following links for details of accommodation providers in Kintyre