Water of life puts the fun into Arran whisky festival

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The annual eighth Arran Malt and Music Festival proved to be another fun-filled event which showcased the warmth and friendly nature of the island with a truly international spirit.

The first weekend in July saw the Isle of Arran Distillery celebrate whisky and music over the course of three days with guests from all over the country, as well as many from overseas who came specifically to Scotland for the event.

The main festival took place at the Lochranza distillery on Saturday July 1, with masterclasses, mini tours and tastings, live music, a specialist rare whisky bar and a cocktail bar.

Among the masterclasses were: Arran whisky cocktails, whisky and chocolate pairing and, for the first time, in conjunction with Ayr Brewery, an Arran whisky and beer masterclass.

The weekend began with the now traditional White Stag dinner, as reported in last week’s Banner, in the grand marquee was also the venue for rousing ceilidh on Saturday night which was enjoyed by all. Sunday saw the survivors lunch hosted by master distiller James MacTaggart, rounding off the weekend events.

Visitor centre manager Faye Waterlow said: ‘I am very proud of the hard work, dedication and passion and pride of the whole distillery team. The weekend has been full of fun, music, whisky, love and friendship, and I look forward to welcoming our old and new friends next year.’

Two visitors enjoying a whisky tasting masterclass. NO_B28_malt_01

The staff looking after the guests in the marquee. N0_B28_malt_02

Some of the visitors who enjoyed the weekend. NO_B28_malt_03

Visitors learn of the whisky process in the distillery. NO_B28_malt_04

The always popular Isle of Arran Pipe Band arrive to perform. NO_B28_malt_05

A whisky masterclass in the bonded warehouse. NO_B28_malt_06

Visitors learn the art of the whisky cocktail. NO_B28_malt_07

Euan Mitchell conducts a masterclass in the upstairs VIP blending room. NO_B28_malt_08

Guests enjoy the weekend with top distillery salesman ???? NO_B28_malt_09

One youngster has his face painted. NO_B28_malt_10

Master distiller James MacTaggart shows off his talents on the guitar. NO_B28_malt_11

The gang’s all here. The distillery staff celebrate another successful festival. NO_B28_malt_12

Euan Mitchell raises a glass with masterclass participants. NO_B28_malt_13

Visitors on the walk up to Loch na Davie. NO _B28_malt_14

Soaking up the atmosphere at the ceilidh. NO_B28_malt_16

Revellers enjoying the ceilidh. NO_B28_malt_17

Visitor cente manager Faye Waterlow is presented with a bouquet of flowers for all her hard work organising the festival. NO_B28_malt18