Ardnahoe Distillery Gets Top Tourism Grading

Ardnahoe Distillery Gets Top Tourism Grading

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Five Star grading from Visit Scotland, Scotland’s national tourist board.

Our distillery was officially launched to the public by Lord Robertson of Port Ellen in April 2019 and since then we have been very lucky to have welcomed over 24,000 visitors to our distillery visitor centre and restaurant, and look forward to welcoming many more over the coming months.  We are extremely thankful for such an incredible team who work tirelessly each day to provide the best possible service for our customers.

Visit Scotland are Scotland’s national tourist board and they work closely with private businesses, public agencies and local authorities to ensure that visitors experience the very best of Scotland. They do this through marketing Scotland to all parts of the world to attract visitors and through providing information and inspiration to visitors to allow them to get the best out of their Scotland visit.

Further to this, they run a Quality Assurance Scheme which is an internationally recognised award. It recognises accommodation providers, visitor attractions and food sectors for their exceptional standards.

On Wednesday 30th October, Visit Scotland’s Regional Director presented us with our Five Star award.

We are very proud to be one of only two distilleries on the island and the third distillery in Argyll and Bute to have received Visit Scotland’s Five Star Quality Assurance award.

“The whole distillery team at Ardnahoe have a real passion for whisky and Islay. Coupled with their expert knowledge and warm welcome, they have offered an exceptional experience for visitors since we opened in April. I’m thrilled to see our hard work recognised by this award from VisitScotland.”

Paul Graham, Visitor Centre Operations Manager

“Congratulations to Paul and his team on this exceptional achievement. To achieve a Five Star grading on the first time of asking is a testament to the hard work of this business to offer a quality experience. Our Quality Assurance Scheme is world-leading and provides a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors. It is about much more than just a star rating – it is about the entire visitor experience and investing in the business to make it as economically sustainable, and profitable, as it can be.”

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional Director
Visit the following link for more information about VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance Scheme: