Ballure distillery

Campbeltown single malt Scotch whisky

Although known to have operated in Argyll, the precise location of Ballure distillery is hard to pin down. Balure (with one L) farm still exists today, about two miles north of Tayinloan off the A83, across from the island of Gigha. It has numerous byres (barns) and outbuildings, one of which may well have housed the distillery.

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status

Ballure History

Ballure distillery was opened by Donald Carmichael and Co. in 1817, but was mothballed by the following year. In 1825 it reopened under license to Dugald Colquhoun and Co., but was handed over to James Taylor in 1831 and Duncan McIntyre in 1833.

From then on the distillery operated intermittently, until its eventual closure in 1837.


  • 1817 Ballure opens under Donald Carmichael and Co.
  • 1818 The distillery is mothballed
  • 1825 The distillery is reopened by Dugald Colquhoun and Co.
  • 1831 James Taylor becomes the licensee
  • 1833 Duncan McIntyre takes over
  • 1834 McIntyre operates as a ‘sometime distiller’
  • 1837 The distillery closes


Argyll and Bute
United Kingdom

See also

  • Dunoon Dunoon Dunoon Distillery


    An early 19th century distillery on the Cowal peninsula.

  • Ardincaple Ardincaple Ardincaple Distillery


    Ardincaple was a short-lived distillery on the Island of Seil, south of Oban.

  • Babute Babute Babute Distillery


    One of many lost distilleries in Argyll that was operational briefly in the 18th century.

  • Cardross Cardross Cardross Distillery


    A Dunbartonshire distillery open for only a brief time in the final years of the 18th century.

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