Arran Malt & Music Festival 2017

We are pleased to confirm the masterclass line-up for this year's Arran Malt & Music Festival below. Tickets for each class will go on sale from here on Tuesday 28th February from 9am and will obviously be on a first come, first served basis. We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Lochranza again this year, and hope you will find something in the classes below which will help to make it an even more memorable weekend for you.
Guided walk to Loch na Davie - Fri. 30 June £50
Led by Arran Mountain Ranger Lucy Wallace 11am – 3pm.
NEW FOR 2017! This year we are delighted to join forces with Arran Mountain Ranger Lucy Wallace and offer the opportunity to go on a guided walk to our water source at Loch na Davie. A packed lunch will be supplied by us and special dram included which will be enjoyed at our water source.
Limited to 18 people. £50 per person. Over 18s only.

For more information about what is required and what you need to bring, click HERE (Opens in new window)
The White Stag Dinner - Fri. 30th June £100
The White Stag Dinner is in its 5th year and will take place again on the Friday evening in the Grand Marquee in the grounds of the Distillery. It is set to be another great event with great conversation and the usual fantastic, exclusive drams! It's always a great opportunity to get together with the Arran White Stags; the community of Arran friends worldwide who join us and support us on our journey through the whisky world. You will be welcomed with a Champagne reception and go on to enjoy a three course meal featuring some of the best local island produce. Drams of choice will accompany the evening and each guest will take home a commemorative 20cl bottle of an exclusive expression of our Single Malt which will be kept as a surprise until the evening itself! Each table will be hosted by a different member of the Arran Team. All White Stags are kindly asked to wear something White!
Limited tickets available. £100 per person.

The Arran Malt and Music Festival Main Event - Sat. 1st July
Then on to the big day itself! The Festival will open at 11am and we are looking forward to seeing all of our friends from far and wide and spending the day celebrating the very best of Arran Malt and Music. Entrance this year is free of charge. You will have the opportunity to take short guided tours of the distillery and there will be stalls and our famous whisky bar where you can try some rare expressions by the dram. There will also be food stalls where you can try some of our delicious local produce -the burgers are legendary! New this year, we will be offering hourly mini tastings in our Tasting Bar for those who don't want to take a full masterclass.

Entry to the Festival is free (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) .
The Mini Tastings in the Tasting Bar are hourly and are £15 per person.
Don't forget the music!
Of course, the music will also play a major part of the day and we will be hosting some brilliant bands. During the day on Saturday we will have a line-up of talented musicians from Arran and all over Scotland, in a relaxed and informal environment, and Distillery Manager James MacTaggart will be back again this year with his own band 'James and The Staves' featuring talented local musicians Andy McCallum, Robin Fisher, Jon Hollingworth and indeed our own Sales Manager Andy Bell who is pretty handy on the guitar himself.  
Arran M & M Festival Ceilidh - Sat.1st July. 8pm
This event is guaranteed to be the perfect ending to a great day - join us in The Grand Marquee in the Distillery grounds for some fantastic ceilidh dancing and music. This year's guest band is the fantastic Skippinish. Our Distillery Band James & The Staves will also be playing.   Tickets £10. (Over 18s only)
As usual, there will be a variety of specialist masterclasses to suit all our visitors. Places are limited.
Click the box to the right of each masterclass to purchase tickets.
Whisky & Food Masterclass - John Boyd & Campbell Laing. £25
This fantastic interactive whisky and food-pairing masterclass includes specially prepared canapés to accompany your whisky while hosts John and Campbell investigate what makes food and whisky work together so well! A great chance to get some great chat with one of our legendary tour guides Campbell and taste some of John's delicious food - an ideal combination! Hosted in the atmospheric Crofter's Cottage, this will be a most enjoyable class.
Limited to 16 places. £25 per person
Time: 1pm - 2pm. Crofters Cottage (In Visitor Centre)
Louisa Young Masterclass. £30
Join Louisa as she takes you through a whisky journey which will explore the Arran range inside and out. Enjoy hearing her take on some of our classic bottlings, from the early days to our new releases.
Limited to 16 places. £30 per person
Time: 2pm - 3pm. Bonded Warehouse 6
Andy Bell Masterclass £40
Isle of Arran Distillers - Mavericks of Maturation
Join Andy Bell in bonded warehouse number one for a detailed look at how the different types of wood we use influence our whisky during maturation. Be prepared to taste more than just whisky in this class...
Limited to 20 places. £40 per person
Time: 1:45pm - 2:45pm. Bonded Warehouse 1
Whisky & Chocolate Pairing Masterclass - John Boyd & Campbell Laing. £25
We are bringing back the chocolate and whisky masterclass for 2017 due to popular demand! Bringing together our own Single Malt with the artisan chocolates of master chocolatier James of Arran based in Brodick, this decadent experience is bound to delight your tastebuds! Handmade chocolates perfectly matched with the best of our drams, sit back, relax and enjoy the sweet taste of Arran! Hosted by the charming Campbell and John in our Crofter's Cottage.
Limited to 16 places. £25 per person
Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm. Crofter's Cottage
Stillsman's Masterclass. £40
One of our most popular classes! Led by Stillsman John Dowens, this masterclass is held in Bonded Warehouse No 3. The exclusive session with great banter will see John and the other stillsmen draw drams from six of their personal favourite casks; some extraordinary whisky is sure to be sampled. With limited ticket numbers this one is bound to be a sell-out, so be quick!
Limited to 16 places. £40 per person
Time: 3pm - 4pm. Bonded Warehouse 3.
The Survivors Lunch - James MacTaggart £25
An informal session with our Distillery Manager James MacTaggart. Set in the Grand Marquee, James will host a delicious meal which will, of course, be accompanied by a selection of drams selected by the man himself. Come and share a dram and candid conversation over lunch with the man in charge of our Distillery, and round off a memorable weekend in the best way.
Limited to 40 places. £25 per person
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm. Grand Marquee.
Tickets for the above are now on sale from this site to order online.  Spaces are limited so don't miss out.

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