Our distillery enjoys a rich history dating back to 1817. Bladnoch Distillery was founded and built on the River Bladnoch by brothers John and Thomas McClelland. Owned by the McClelland family for 121 years, Bladnoch cemented its roots and contributed a strong history in the south of Scotland. We are one of six Lowland distilleries. Bladnoch the southernmost Scotch Whisky distillery in Scotland, and one of the oldest Scotch Whisky producers paying homage to rare Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

For a distillery celebrating 200 years, the Bladnoch story is only just beginning.


David Prior

Owner & CEO

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

In 1973, Ian’s apprenticeship began at Glengoyne Distillery. There he gained experience in cask handling, filling, warehousing, mashing and distilling. Over a forty year period, Ian became recognized as a Master Distiller and Blender and gained a celebrated authoritative status in the industry. In 2015, Ian joined Bladnoch with the intention to produce the next generation of Scotch Whiskies. Authentic, bold, and for today’s world. “There is a tremendous opportunity to create one of the very best Single Malt Scotch Whiskies for passionate consumers of scotch worldwide, and to develop the range of Bladnoch bottlings.”