Every distillery tells a story and Bladnoch Distillery’s story is as rich and vibrant as the Scottish countryside it resides in.
Bladnoch Distillery is one of just six Lowland distilleries, and is the oldest in the region and southernmost in the country.
Built by hand in 1817 by the McClelland brothers, their family ran the distillery for 121 years and cemented its status as ‘Queen of the Lowlands’.
After almost 100 years and 8 owners later, Australian entrepreneur, David Prior, bought Bladnoch Distillery and all remaining liquid in an effort to deliver premium Lowland whisky to the world.
In 2017, the distillery resumed production with award-winning Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan at the helm.
With reverence for our distillery’s 200 year history, and anticipation for the future, our mission is 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’.