The Travels of Alfred Barnard to Islay

Alfred Barnard made an epic journey with some friends in the late 1800s and visited working whisky distilleries in Scotland, Ireland and England. About his journey and distillery visits he wrote a book called 'The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom', describing in great detail and wonderful style the distilleries of that era. It's a fascinating book and a must have for the true whisky lover. Of course Barnard visited all the Islay Distilleries as well and clicking below on an image will bring you to a new page with his findings and description of that particular distillery. The book itself has no longer any copyright since it was written in 1887. Barnard visited the distilleries in the following order: Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Port Ellen, Bowmore, Lochindaal, bruichladdich, Caol Ila and Bunnahabhain. Enjoy reading!

Ardbeg distillery
Ardbeg Distillery
Bunnahabhain Distillery
Bunnahabhain Distillery
bruichladdich Distillery
bruichladdich Distillery
Caol ila distillery
Caol Ila Distillery
Bowmore Distillery
Bowmore Distillery
Lagavulin Distillery
Lagavulin Distillery
Laphroaig distillery
Laphroaig Distillery
Lochindaal distillery
Lochindaal Distillery
Port Ellen distillery
Port Ellen Distillery

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Whisky Making | Lost Distilleries | Whisky History | Distilleries in 1880 | Whisky & Distilleries | Ardbeg | Bowmore | bruichladdich | Bunnahabhain | Caol Ila | Kilchoman | Lagavulin | Laphroaig | Port Charlotte | Port Ellen Maltings


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