Outwardly, little has changed. After two winters and a busy production schedule, it's immediately obvious from the look of the place that management and staff are intensely proud of their distillery.
The tour starts in the bonded warehouse at the back of the site, where....
All the casks are oak, all pre-used. Some are from the US, where they've held whiskies like Jack Daniels, some from Spain where their earlier use was for sherries. While the Ardnamurchan Whisky will be a pure malt, it'll be blended from different casks produced in the same year.
The Ardnamurchan distillery prides itself in being as 'green' as possible. So the heat comes from a biomass boiler burning wood chip from Ardnamurchan Estate, electricity comes from solar panels, and there are plans for a hydro scheme and wind power. And little goes to waste: most of the byproducts, the draff and pot ale, go to the Estate farm to feed the cattle and deer, or onto the fields as fertilizer.
As can be seen from the pictures, we took our two teenage grand-daughetrs with us who, since they don't (yet) drink whisky and so have little interest in the product, were liable to be fairly stern critics of the tour. Their verdict? They enjoyed it, except we talked too much when we were savouring our dram.
Many thanks to Sophie and the team at Ardnamurchan Distillery for making our visit so enjoyable.
Tours are Monday-Friday, 10am to 6pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm; closed Saturday.
Tour prices start at £7pp, with a maximum of 8 people in each group.