Bruichladdich is a distillery village built around the Bruichladdich Distillery. The distillery was built in 1881 by the brothers Robert William and John Gourlay Harvey. At the time, the distillery was state-of-the-art and today most of the equipment continues to be used, mostly unchanged. Unlike other distilleries, which were often built from old farm houses, these buildings were erected specifically for this purpose. The distillery complex was built from stone from the seashore and has a very efficient layout. Under previous ownership the distillery closed in 1994 and re-opened in 2000 and is proving to be very succesful with Jim McEwan as the master distiller, retired in 2015. Since the re-opening of the distillery, webcams are installed which allow the internet visitor a look into the Victorian distillery. Two other webcams look over Loch Indaal towards the Paps of Jura and the South West. One of these webcams is also pointed directly towards the parking place opposite the distillery, used for the lorries when they enter the distillery. Some people use this parking place to call their friends or relatives so they can see them over the internet.
The pier is worth a visit and offers wonderful views towards Bruichladdich and the Rhinns. Nowadays the pier is mostly used for oil tankers and the annual fertiliser boat. The oil tanker supplies the island with fuel for houses, farms and the distilleries which is distributed by Gleaner Oils. In the early days the concrete pier was used to unship barley which was then transferred to the distillery by horse and cart and off-loaded to the Barley loft. This was done by tying the sacks to a rope which was looped through a pulley block, and the other end attached to a horse which when moved forward, pulling the sack up to the level of the loft opening.
Bruichladdich has a well equipped shop called Debbies Mini Market. They sell fresh and natural foods, serve coffees and teas, and the shop also acts as local post office. At Bruichladdich pierhead you can find the former building of Islay Studios which was featured as a pub in the movie The Maggie.
There are two minor roads left and right from the distillery and they both go to residential areas. The road on the left, our south from the distillery, goes to Burnside, a small residential area. To the right, or north of the distillery, there's a road going uphill to Conisby, another residential area with mostly detached houses and some farmhouses. There's a farm track behind Conisby which leads to the former peat-banks of Bruichladdich and offers great views over Loch Indaal.
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