Bladnoch’s rich history dates back to 1817, when John and Thomas McClelland were first granted a licence to distil whisky on their Bladnoch farm in Scotland’s Lowlands.

In the ensuing years, Bladnoch Distillery grew and was modernised, cementing its status as “Queen of the Lowlands”.

Australian businessman, David Prior, purchased Bladnoch Distillery in 2015 with a vision to restore it to its former glory.

Shortly after, the distillery resumed production with award-winning Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan, at the helm.

In 2017, Bladnoch Distillery celebrated its 200 year anniversary, making it the oldest privately owned Scotch distillery.

With reverence for our distillery’s 200 year history, and anticipation for the future, we are inspired to create Lowland-style Scotch whisky for the modern-day whisky lover to enjoy.


David Prior

Owner, Surfer, Scotch Whisky Lover

David has a prodigious passion for whisky together with a strong desire to restore the heart and soul of the local community. He purchased Scotland’s 200-year-old Bladnoch Distillery in 2015. His philosophy; “Early mornings. Deep stretches. The crash of a wave. The view from the clouds. The silence of thought. The noise of success. The rules broken. The limits pushed. Good company. And a great drink.”, is what brings enjoyment in life and together with his business ethics, Bladnoch Distillery is enjoying a bold, powerful and exciting revival.



Ian MacMillan

Master Distiller & Blender

Our Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan, is a natural born storyteller. Through his whiskies, Ian has shared the story of our 200 year old distillery and its rich history with the world. In 1973, Ian began his apprenticeship at Glengoyne Distillery, which marked the beginning of a long and successful career as a widely celebrated Master Distiller and Blender. Over 40 years later, Ian has joined Bladnoch with a vision to produce the next generation of Scotch whiskies and to regain the distillery’s rightful title as the 'Queen of the Lowlands’.