Arran Water book signing

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Gregor Adamson was at the new-look Book and Card Centre in Brodick on Saturday signing copies of his book Arran Water, an island whisky history. With a steady stream of buyers it is one of the busiest signings the shop has held in recent times.

The book is a fascinating read about the proliferation of illicit whisky distillation and smuggling on Arran which had its heyday in the late 18th and early 19th centuries which was not without tragedy when three unarmed islanders were shot dead by the crew of a Revenue Cutter during an incident in March 1817.

The book, published to coincide with the opening of the new Isle of Arran Distillers Lagg distillery today (Saturday), it also tells of the intermittent legal whisky production on the island, chiefly at the Old Lagg distillery, and brings us bang up to date with the latest developments.