Founded between 1825 & 1836

                      

 

This distillery changed hands a few times before John Ramsay acquired it in 1836. It was run by him and his descendants until 1920 when it was sold to the Port Ellen Distillery Co Ltd.

James Stein married Margaret Ramsay in 1848 and became John's manager at the Port Ellen Distillery. He built a charming house on the edge of the village which they called 'Rosalind Cottage'.

Experts Comments

“In essence, Kennetpans is part of the DNA of the modern whisky industry worldwide. That it and its surroundings are so complete is remarkable and it deserves to be preserved as a landmark to the heritage of the whisky industry. Kennetpans is the ground zero of the whisky industry”

Neil Wilson
Whisky Historian, Writer and Publisher