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We are the first legal distillery in the Outer Hebrides! Having released our first single malt at three years, we are now waiting for our Ten Year Old to mature, ready in 2018!

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We produce The Spirit of Lewis, a traditional dram of new spirit that has received praise from around the world. Also available Abhainn Dearg t-shirts and keyrings.

Open to Visitors

We are open from 11am - 1pm (Closed for lunch 1pm to 2pm) 2pm - 4pm Monday to Saturday. Tour and tasting every half hour - £5 per person. Large groups please contact us.

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DistilleryAbhainn Dearg Distillery Equipment

2 Mash tuns: capacity-500kg.
2 Wash Backs: capacity- 7500L  each
wash still: No.1 capacity- 2112L
spirit still: No.1 capacity- 2057L
Water Source:  Abhainn Dearg
Cask Type: ex Bourbon American Oak / European Sherry

Our Whisky and the Spirit of Lewis has no added colour, and is non chill filtered.

Everything at Abhainn Dearg is done the old fashioned way.  We filter the spirit, or whisky, fill the bottles, label them, label the boxes, all by hand, even the miniatures! All items are checked and wrapped ready for posting, then delivered to the Post Office. 

 

Abhainn Dearg Distillery
Carnish
Isle of Lewis
Outer Hebrides
Scotland
HS2 9EX

Telephone: 01851 672429

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Monday to Saturday during the summer months.
We offer tours from 11am - 1pm  (Closed for lunch 1pm to 2pm)  2pm - 4pm

Monday to Friday in the winter.
We are open from 11am - 1pm  (Closed for lunch 1pm to 2pm)  2pm - 4pm

*Distillery Tour & Taste £5.00 per person - Every Half Hour 
If you would like to have a look around the distillery and sample our whisky, or new spirit we will be happy to oblige.

No charge for children.  

If you have a large party please contact us to arrange your visit.

We welcome visitors especially whisky enthusiasts and would be happy to show you around Abhainn Dearg Distillery.  We don't have ancient stills, granite storehouses, or computerised processing.  Abhainn Dearg is new, literally hand made and unlike anything you have seen before.

We now have a shop selling Spirit, miniatures of whisky, and few select goodies. 

Remember our whisky won't be ready till our tenth year - 2018. 

Come on over we will be happy to give you a tour, our times are listed above, or if there's a large group of you, please phone, or email to make arrangements.

 

Uig is a remote region of the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, lying some 20-odd miles west of Stornoway, the main town.  Uig takes its name from the Norse word for "bay" and the district of Uig is situated around an inlet on the West Coast of Lewis.  The landscape is dramatic, rugged, whilst there are many beautiful white sandy beaches, there are also cliffs, offshore islands and hills.  On a sunny day the scenery is breathtaking, when battered by Atlantic gales, it fairly does, take your breathe away!

Uig has many villages scattered along the shorelines, these are crofting villages.  A croft is a small agricultural unit, most crofts are too small to support a family or give full-time employment, and most crofters have other occupations to provide the main part of their income.  The layout of the crofts in Uig aren't compatible to the larger scale crops of barley the distillery would need to maintain its aim, of field to bottle. However we can use land in Lewis, closer to Stornoway which is suitable. Because of the terrain most crofts have never been used for any sort of commercial use, leaving them free of pesticides, or chemical treatments. 

The road taking you to Abhainn Dearg passes through a spectacular, winding channel called Glen Valtos.  Visitors would be forgiven in thinking that this is a man made corridor, it's not, it was carved out beneath the ice by eastward flowing meltwaters around 12,500 to 11,500 years ago.

*In the vicinity of Carnish, ridges, mounds and terraces of sand and gravel that were deposited by the meltwater have provided an important source of natural aggregate on the island for many years. The main deposit originated as a delta built out into a lake that was dammed for a while by a mass of ice situated in Camus Uig and to the west. The lake probably drained through Glen Valtos, which acted as a 'glacial spillway'.

Maybe in years to come, or if someone may try analysing the differences between, not only peat, but what effect geology has on whisky, it would add a new approach to tasting.  Whatever the results Abhainn Dearg would still be unique.

 

*Further reading a free booklet in PDF format - Landscape Fashioned by Geology
More on crofting - Scottish Crofting Federation
Further information on early settlements in Uig and the Bhaltos Trust

 

 

Security

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We use Sagepay via our Ecwid store to ensure that your credit card details and personal information cannot be compromised. They use highly efficient encryption.

Personal Information

All details supplied by you are held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not disclose your information to any other organisations or third parties, except in order to fulfill our services or send details of our products and services to you.

Payment

Payment can be made online by debit or credit card. We accept the following cards: VISA Mastercard Switch Maestro & Solo.

Alternatively you can telephone the distillery direct and place an order over the phone.

Abhainnn Dearg Distillery reserve the right to cancel any order received and refund the total value back to the cardholder.

Orders

Once your order has been placed successfully a confirmation email will be sent to your inbox. Another will be sent to Abhainn Dearg Distillery informing us of the order. Then your order will be prepared for despatch.  It is important that the details on your confirmation email are correct if they are not please inform us immediately.

Delivery

Orders will normally be delivered within 3-5 working days, because of our location we cannot guarantee a delivery date. If goods fail to arrive within 10 days from the date you placed your order, please let us know by emailing us at and we will certainly look into the problem.


Delivery charges are calculated on weight and destination.

Unfortunately, due to customs laws relating to the sale of alcohol there are some countries we cannot ship to, please email us if you are having a problem ordering online.

Out of Stock Items

If we are out of stock of a particular item we will advise you and give you an approximate delivery date.

Pricing

The prices on this website are subject to change

Tax and Duties

The addressee may be liable for excise fees/customs duty if the value/ proportion of alcohol sent exceeds the country limit. It is the purchasers responsibility to check this before ordering.

Abhainn Dearg Distillery shall not be liable for any of these fees and will not issue refunds on purchases not delivered due to nonpayment of customs fees.

All purchases and postage charges within the EU are subject to VAT.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT SHOULD YOU REQUIRE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION

Returns

Please drop us an email to and let us know what item you'll be returning – please include your name and address. Once you've returned the item, we'll refund the credit/debit card used to make the purchase.

You can also cancel an order by informing us up to 7 days after receiving the order. Goods must be returned unopened, sealed and in original condition together with the original invoice within 7 days of the date cancelled. We'll make a refund within 30 days of you notifying us of the return.

Overseas

Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee the safe delivery of bottles to any country outside the European Union.

We will ensure that goods are packaged well and will retain proof of postage, however we send these bottles only on the understanding that we do so entirely at the risk of the customer

All Alcoholic Products Must Be Signed For By A Person Aged Over 18 Years!

Someone must be there to sign for the delivery: A signature is *always* required on delivery, so if you aren´t going to be at home we´re more than happy to deliver to a work address. Alternatively, we can request (although not guarantee) the delivery driver leave your order with a neighbour. Please note that parcels not signed for at the delivery address will not be insured against loss or damage. Simply pop a note into the 'Delivery Instructions' box in the checkout or give us a call after ordering to request this.

Delivery notes should be signed "unexamined". In the event of breakage or short delivery, we can only accept claims if we are notified in writing within three days of delivery. Please accept the delivery - DO NOT refuse it - sign the delivery note "Breakage" and contact us immediately.

Insurance

All bottles leave the distillery well packaged against damage, however, delivery notes should be signed "unexamined". In the event of breakage we can only accept claims if we are notified in writing within three days of delivery. All dispatches are insured at replacement cost.

Delivery Schedule

We expect to deliver within 3-5 working days to the UK Mainland. Deliveries are not made on weekends or UK National holidays. Delivery will be made to the address specified by you on your completed order. We will endeavor to ensure delivery within the specified period, however, we will not be held liable for any delay in you receiving the items in circumstances outwith our control including but not limited to delay caused by the carrier, weather, customs or whatever. Orders are processed with all possible speed; if you have not received your goods within 10 days, please contact us.

For those people living in countries to which it is illegal to post alcohol, we are happy to send it to an alternative acceptable address.

All products are dispatched from the distillery on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.

Customs

It is your responsibility to check with your own excise officials what is required. If there are any special instructions to us please ensure they are absolutely clear. Contact your local excise advice centre should clarify matters.

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Abhainn Dearg Distillery
Carnish
Isle of Lewis
Outer Hebrides
Scotland
HS2 9EX

Telephone: 01851 672429
Website: www.abhainndearg.co.uk

 

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