Gintyre – Festival of Scottish Gins
Gintyre, Campbeltown’s first ever gin festival, takes place next weekend (20th – 22nd April) and we’re getting very excited! If you haven’t got your tickets yet here’s a quick rundown of the weekend’s programme of events to give you some gin-spiration (sorry, couldn’t resist!);
Friday 20th @ 3pm – Cadenhead’s Gin Tasting
Starting things off are Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, William Cadenhead, who have been bottling their Old Raj Gin in Campbeltown since 1972. They’ve recently been experimenting with some cask-aged gins and are offering Gintyre attendees the opportunity to be the first to try them at this cask-aged gin tasting. Tickets cost £20 and are available from the Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop.
Friday 20th @ 7pm – Ardshiel Gin Dinner
In the evening, head to the Ardshiel, where the team there have created a special 3 course dinner, paired with Kintyre, Harris and Old Raj gins. Each of the gins will be presented by hosts from the three companies. Advance booking is essential – get your tickets, priced £39.95, from the Ardshiel Hotel
Saturday 21st @ 1pm – Gintyre tasting event
Taking place in the magnificently restored Campbeltown Town Hall, the inaugural Gintyre tasting event will give festival-goers the chance to meet the producers and try gins from local companies Beinn an Tuirc Distillers (Kintyre Gin) and William Cadenheads (Old Raj) as well as invited guest producers.
Ticket price includes samples from all the producers present, 2 drinks from the cocktail bar and entrance to ‘meet the maker’ breakout sessions. Tickets £15, available here.
Saturday 21st @ 7.30pm – Live Music from Rose Room
For those that enjoy some jazz with their gin, leading Scottish gypsy jazz ensemble, Rose Room, will provide the evening Gintyre entertainment. Soak up the atmosphere while sampling some of our Gintyre producers’ gins from the gin and cocktail bar. Tickets £10, available here.
Sunday 22nd @ midday – Free tour of Beinn an Tuirc Distillery
Your chance to see for yourself the home of Kintyre Gin. Visit the distillery, situated in a former piggery on the Torrisdale Estate, just outside Carradale, and discover how this eco-friendly craft gin is made. Tours last about an hour and include a sample of the award winning gin. Other tour times may be available. Book here.
Sunday 22nd @ 3pm – Casablanca
Rounding off the weekend’s programme of events, you can enjoy a screening of Casablanca in the historic Campbeltown Picture House, Scotland’s oldest purpose built cinema. A classic movie, in a fabulous venue. Even better, they sell Kintyre Gin! Tickets £5, available here.
Whether you choose to go to one event, or do them all, hopefully you will enjoy your time at Gintyre, Campbeltown’s inaugural Gin Festival. Remember to check our accommodation listings if you are looking for somewhere to stay!