Arran Distillers raise a toast Tae the Bard

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Isle of Arran Distillers is taking part in a national initiative, celebrating and promoting Robert Burns in a series of podcasts led by world-leading Burns expert Dr Pauline Mackay.

In celebration of Burns Night tonight (Friday), Tae the Bard is a five-part podcast that will feature artists, poets, chefs, singers and whisky experts, including Arran Distillers’ marketing manager Jaclyn McKie.

A lecturer at the Glasgow University Centre for Robert Burns Studies, Dr Mackay is also the secretary to Burns Scotland: The National Burns Collection and has authored many books and studies on the subject. She is currently working as part of a team of scholars on editing Robert Burns for the 21st century.

In episode three: A Toast Like No Other, Jaclyn joins Graeme Littlejohn of the Scotch Whisky Association to talk about how whisky has become an integral part of Scottish culture and the part that it plays in Burns Night celebrations.

The campaign also features a collection of poetry, Burns night events, supper and Burns night guides, an app and an image gallery.

The podcast series is free to listen to and further detail on all of the campaign’s offerings can be found at