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Status: Designated


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NJ 62610 44029
362610, 844029


1826 and later. Whisky distillery with traditional kiln range, bonded warehouses, maltings, steading (converted to offices and warehouse) and former house.

KILN RANGE: square-plan rubble kiuln raised in squared rubble at 2nd stage; random rubble and harl; small-pane glazing and louvred openings.

ENTRANCE ELEVATION: kiln to right of centre with 2 small windows close to eaves of slated roof with wide, low ventilator (see Notes). Slightly recessed, 9-bay, lower granary range to left with door to right, regular fenestration beyond to left and small hayloft openings to1st floor except penultimate bay to left with forestair to timber door. Harled, gabled range adjoining to right.

FORMER STEADING: 7-bay steading with round-headed, keystoned and voussoired cart-arches, raised centre gable and lower flanking ranges. Large squared rubble blocks with dressed margins.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Tall centre bay with large cart arch below stone tablet and glazed oculus in gabelhead and 3 arches to flanking bays (all infilled). Lower outer bays with 2 doors to right and 2 windows to left.

S ELEVATION: irregular fenestration to tall M-gable with flanking lower gables.


S RANGE: large range to S of offices, 6 gabled bays to E and W. Harled. Grilled windows to each gable, door to SW gable.

Arrowslit ventilation in gableheads. Tarred roof.

W RANGE: to S of steading. Squared and snecked rubble, 2-storey, 3 gabled bays, sited on rising ground. Arrowslit ventilators to both floors. Doors to N gabled elevation. Irregular fenestration. Stone coped skews and grey slates. Grilles to windows.

OFFICES: immediately to S of stills. Single storey rubble near square-plan, 3 gabled bays to E and W. Segmental-arched pend (converted as door) and windows with cement surrounds to

W . Door and window to N. Modern 4-pane fenestration to offices, grille to workshop(?) window. Stone-coped skews. Grey slates.

DRONACH HOUSE: earlier 19th century. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, rectangular-plan manager's house. Roughly coursed rubble with large quoins and stone margins.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Pitch-roofed porch to centre bay at ground, windows in flanking bays and regular fenestration to 1st floor. Slated (canted or bowed) dormer window over centre bay.

N ELEVATION: Centry bay with dripmould over modern timber door with plate glass fanlight and small flanking lights, windows in flanking bays and regular fenestration to 1st floor; small modern rooflight to centre.

12-pane glazing pattern in timber sash and case (?) windows. Grey slates. Coped ashlar stacks with full complement of cans and thackstanes.

Statement of Special Interest

Glendronach Distillery, now operated by Allied Distillers, was founded by James Allardes in 1825-26, with J R Thain of Drumblair, Robert Stewart of Aucharnie and Wm Davidson of Aberdeen. After a fire in 1837, Allardes required new partners, all of whom were local farmers. The company was acquired by Walter Scott after 1854 who became a managing partner, but it was taken over by a Leith Partnership Sommerville and Robertson, and a Campbeltown distiller, Duncan MacCallum, in 1887. Between 1920 and 1960 it was the property of the Grant Family but was sold to William Teacher and Sons and became part of Allied Brewer's Group in 1976. It was extended from 2 to 4 stills in 1966-7, with coal-firing. It may also be known as Glenronach. The kiln ventilator is now very unusual being wider than it is tall.



M S Moss, J R Hume THE MAKING OF SCOTCH WHISKY (1981) p.259.

A Barnard THE WHISKY DISTILLERIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM (1887) pp 241-2. 'The Distilleries of Great Britain and Ireland', LIX, Glendronach in THE WINE AND SPIRIT TRADE RECORD,

October 14 1924.

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