The Isle of Arran, Robert Burns and whisky summarized from The Highlander website, a pub in the Rue de Nesle, Paris
Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Ayrshire in 1759 and his links with Ayrshire and Arran are well known. In fact, although the bard never actually visited the Isle of Arran, he is certain to have been able to see it on clear days as he laboured in the fields of Ayrshire on his father’s farm.
Robert was the eldest of seven children and worked alongside his brothers on his father’s farm. Despite being from a poor family, he and his brother were lucky enough to have a tutor who introduced them to the joys of literature. Aged 15 Robert began to start writing in order to find some sort of release from the daily grind of farm life. At this early age he produced his first poetry which was dedicated to the main subjects which dominated his life, scotch whisky and women!
At that time there were several illicit stills on Arran which produced whisky that was
claimed by many to be among the finest whiskies available. This was shipped to Dunure in Ayrshire, then the centre of the illegal whisky trade, before being shipped to the gentry in Scotland’s major cities where they took the Arran waters.
In the early 19th century, there were more than 50 whisky distilleries on Arran, most of them illegal and carefully hidden from the eyes of the taxmen. It was acclaimed at the time as the best in Scotland, only rivalled by those from the Glen of Livet.
Arran is both beautiful and unique. With its mountains, lowlands, glens, lochs and royal castles, it has all the scenery of Scotland and affectionately known as Scotland in Miniature.
Lochranza in Arran really is a perfect location for producing the perfect Malt.
The area is home to the purest water in all of Scotland, water that’s been cleansed by granite and softened by peat as it slowly meanders from the mountaintops into nearby Loch na Davie.
Arran enjoys a warm microclimate, the atmosphere of sea breezes and clear mountain air, together with the warm flow of the Gulf Stream is ideal for the speedy maturation of single malts
The Island has a reputation for producing the highest quality whisky