Glen Scotia distillery launches worldwide search for Campbeltown photography – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Scotia distillery launches worldwide search for Campbeltown photography 

One of Campbeltown’s three surviving single malt Scotch whisky distilleries, Glen Scotia, is calling for people around the world to share photography of the town which captures the peak of the whisky industry during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries.

During the Victorian era, Campbeltown, which lies at the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll and is the most remote mainland town in Scotland, 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 searching for photographs which bring its unique whisky history and heritage to life.

A whisky truly made by history, Glen Scotia reflects centuries of craftsmanship and experience associated with Scotland’s fifth and smallest malt producing region and is renowned for its distinct maritime influence and Campbeltown character.

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 has been poured into Glen Scotia. Now we are looking 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 or by post to Glen Scotia, BIG Partnership, Fountain House, 1-3 Woodside Crescent, Glasgow, G3 7UL, alongside contact details of the sender by 31st March 2021.

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Selected images may feature as part of this year’s virtual Glen Scotia Whisky Festival, which will welcome thousands of whisky fans from across the globe to experience a range of online tours and tastings from the distillery. The photographs may also be showcased through Glen Scotia’s marketing activity to further raise awareness of the distillery and Campbeltown around the world.

Campbeltown is the forgotten giant of the Scotch whisky industry, once known as “Spiritville” or “Whiskyopolis”. At its peak in the Victorian era, there were around 30 legal distilleries operating in a town with a population of only 9,000 people.

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The search for photography follows in the footsteps of Glen Scotia’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 Glen Scotia distillery manager, Iain McAlister on helping to raise awareness of Campbeltown’s whisky heritage.

For further information about Glen Scotia, visit

About Glen Scotia:

  • Independent distiller Glen Scotia has been producing single malt whisky in Campbeltown since 1832.
  • Glen Scotia is one of three surviving distilleries in Campbeltown.
  • Glen Scotia 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch whisky was awarded the coveted Platinum award at the prestigious 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition which recognises a brand that has won a Double Gold medal or Best in Class for three consecutive years.
  • Glen Scotia Double Cask was awarded a Gold Medal at the Scottish Whisky Awards 2019 and a Gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • Glen Scotia 18 Years Old won Best Campbeltown Malt at the World Whisky Awards 2018 and a Double Gold medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • Glen Scotia 15 Years OId received a Gold medal at the Scotch Whisky Masters 2020.
  • Images and interviews with key staff from Glen Scotia are available upon request.
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