A defunct distillery on the Black Isle, near Poyntzfield.
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ryefield in Easter Ross is recorded in history as the Ferintosh residence of Duncan Forbes of Culloden, who opposed the Jacobites that sacked his lands.
In compensation for his losses to the Jacobites, Duncan Forbes was granted permission to distil whisky free of excise duty in exchange for an annual payment of 400 Scottish merks. As a result, many distillers operated in Ferintosh but, owing to the unfair advantage they enjoyed, the concession was eventually ended.
Ryefield distillery was licensed to Robert Simpson in 1798, but it closed the following year. Today, the one distillery operating in the area is the vast Invergordon grain distillery, although a handful of small new operations are on the cards.
- 1798 Ryefield distillery opens under Robert Simpson
- 1799 The distillery closes
Ross and Cromarty
A rural distillery at Beauly, in Inverness-shire, that stood beside the river of the same name.
An 18th century Black Isle distillery, also known as Dunvornie or Dunvournie.
A here-and-gone distillery at Culbokie in the Ferintosh area of the Black Isle, Easter Ross.