Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Another Illicit Still?
here - it now occurs to us that this is also the site of an illegal still. When these stills were at their height in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a remote area like Ardnamurchan would probably have had several. This one would have been on the common grazings of Skinnid clachan.
It's a good site for a still - plenty of running water, secluded, and the glen may have had much more woodland in it in those days. The only problem is that the burn runs below the level of the land on which the building stands, yet water needed to be brought into it to cool the copper coil. However, this could easily have been done by....
We need to go back in winter when the bracken has died down and look for evidence of distilling - like a bottle of finest, 200-year old Ardnamurchan whisky.