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The Glenlochy distillery sits in Fort William, on the banks of the River Nevis and amongst the foothills of the mountain from whence the river falls. The whisky distillery was founded in 1898 by David McAndie as the Glenlochy-Fort William Distillery Company Ltd and the building was thoroughly modern. The modus operandi was one of maximum efficiency; everything fitted into the distillery was designed to save labour and as such a comparatively small workforce was employed. The Glenlochy distillery was founded following the whisky boom of the 19th century. Indeed, many a distillery was established at this time. Though several disitlleries closed shortly after, Glenlochy remained blissfully intact until the onset of the First World War when it too shut.

The whisky distillery reopened five years later and then closed for almost a decade until 1937, when Train and MacIntrye Ltd acquired the company. Just before reopening, the distillery was owned by Thomas Leslie Rankin who used the buildings for his motor hire business. In 1953, Train and MacIntrye Ltd were bought out by Distillers Company Ltd. The whisky distillery was subsequently transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers who closed it in 1968.

During the following decades Glenlochy was modernized somewhat, but, following a poor reception, the whisky distillery gave up its proverbial ghost in 1983. In 1992, the buildings were put up for sale and subsequently were acquired by West Coast Inns. The new owners built a restaurant and hotel on the site. To this day some of the original features remain; most noticeable is the rather imposing pagoda roof. Single malt whisky from the distillery remains a rather rare treat; independent bottlings are few and far between.

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About Glenlochy Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded


Distillery Status


Distillery Owner


Distillery Address

Fort William, Inverness-Shire


The distillery is founded by Glenlochy Fort William Distillery Co. headed by David McAndies.


Production starts.


The distillery closes.


In production again.


The distillery closes.


Train & McIntyre buys the distillery.


In production again. The distillery is incorporated in Associated Scottish Distilleries.


Distillers Company Limited (DCL) buys Train & McIntyre from American company National Distillers and transfers Glenlochy to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).


The distillery is taken out of operation.


SMD applies for permission to demolish the distillery but it is not granted.


The premises are sold to the hotel group West Coast Inns Ltd which obtains permission to demolish everything excepting the kiln with its pagoda roof which is declared a historic building.


Glenlochy 1969 (25 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.


Glenlochy 1969 (26 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.


Old Malt Cask Glenlochy 49 years is launched by Douglas Laing.


Another Old Malt Cask (38 years) is launched.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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This is a thirty-two year old single malt whisky from the Glenlochy distillery bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. The distillery was closed in 1983 and today only the...  More info
This single malt whisky was distilled at the now demolished Glenlochy in 1979. Located in Fort William, the distillery would close just 4 years later. This rare independent release from Gordon &...  More info
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Distilled at Glenlochy on the 4th September 1980, this was aged in a single hogshead for 30 years before bottling for the Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. A release of 224 bottles.  More info
Glenlochy distilled on the 21st August 1980 and aged for 29 years in hogshead number 2649 before bottling on the 22nd June 2010. A release of 265 numbered bottles from Signatory's Cask Strength...  More info
A 27 year old Glenlochy, bottled at cask strength by Signatory on the 25th June 2008 following maturation in hogshead number 2823. Part of a limited release of just 231 bottles - each being...  More info
A 1968 vintage and a very rare bottling from the Gordon and MacPhail Rare Old whisky range. The Glenlochy distillery closed several times and was finally demolished in 1986.  More info

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