Arran Malt and Music Festival, at the Arran Distillery

News from the Arran Malt and Music Festival 

This year’s Arran Malt and Music Festival is on from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July

We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Lochranza again this year, and hope you will find something in the events and classes below which will help to make it an even more memorable weekend for you.Tickets for each class will be on a first come, first served basis. At the time of going to press there are a few places left on the Chocolate and Whiskey masterclass, for details see below.
There are also limited tickets left for the Saturday evening ceilidh.

The Arran Malt and Music Festival Main Event – Sat. 30th June

The Festival will open at 11 am on Saturday and we are looking forward to seeing all of our friends from far and wide and spending the day celebrating the very best of Arran Malt and Music. Entrance is free of charge. You will have the opportunity to take short guided tours of the distillery and there will be stalls and our famous whisky bar where you can try some of our whiskies by the dram, as well as enjoy local beers and other refreshments. There will also be food stalls where you can try some of our delicious local produce. We will be offering hourly mini tastings in our Tasting Bar for those who don’t want to take a full masterclass.

Entry to the Festival is free (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).  
The Tutored Tastings in the Tasting Bar are hourly and are £15 per person.

Don’t forget the music!

Of course, the music will also play a major part of the day and we will be hosting some brilliant bands. During the day on Saturday we will have a line-up of talented musicians in a relaxed and informal environment, and Distillery Manager James MacTaggart will be back again this year with his own band ‘James and The Staves’ featuring talented local musicians Andy McCallum, Robin Fisher, and indeed our own Sales Manager Andy Bell who is pretty handy on the guitar himself.

Arran M & M Festival Ceilidh – Sat.30th June. 8pm

This event is guaranteed to be the perfect ending to a great day – join us in The Grand Marquee in the Distillery grounds for some fantastic ceilidh dancing and music. This year’s guest band is the popular ‘Tide Lines’. Our Distillery Band James & The Staves will also be playing during the evening. Tickets £12. (Over 18s only). 

As usual, there will be a variety of specialist masterclasses to suit all our visitors.

Still some places left on the Whisky & Chocolate Pairing Masterclass!                                                                                         – with John Boyd & Campbell Laing. £25
We are bringing back the chocolate and whisky masterclass for 2018 due to popular demand! Bringing together our own Single Malt with the artisan chocolates of master chocolatier James of Arran based in Brodick, this decadent experience is bound to delight your tastebuds! Handmade chocolates perfectly matched with the best of our drams, sit back, relax and enjoy the sweet taste of Arran! Hosted by Campbell and John in our Crofter’s Cottage.
Limited to 16 places. £25 per person
Time: 2:45pm – 3:45pm. Crofter’s Cottage

To book for either the ceilidh or the whisky and chocolate masterclass go to the Arran Events website at