The Whisky Encyclopedia

The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom

On this page you will find the distilleries that Alfred Barnard visited during his two year trip around Scotland, Ireland and England. His tour initially provided an article on each distillery in the Harper's Weekly Gazette and was later released as "The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom" first published in 1887. If you would like a physical copy complete with missing images you can find an incredible hardcover version here.

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Possibly the most important book ever to be published on the subject of whisky is Alfred Barnard's classic "The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom". In the mid-80s of the 19th century, Barnard and several companions undertook an extraordinary journey - utilising every mode of transport available at the time, from steamer to horse drawn carriage, they traveled the length and width of the United Kingdom in order to visit every whisky distillery they could. The commission for this journey came from Harper's Weekly Gazette, who subsequently published Barnard's book in 1887.

Alfred Barnard began his journey in the spring of 1885 and ended his travels toward the end of the following year having visited and chronicled an amazing 129 distilleries in Scotland, 28 in Ireland and four in England. In reading his book, three things become evident. For one, Barnard openly loved the scenery presented to him in his travels. Secondly his enthusiasm for whisky and the distilling industry and finally, his interest and attention to the technical details of production. His historical and technical chronicles are invaluable when looking at whisky making in the late 19th century.

Happily the copyright on the eBook ’The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom’ has expired, unfortunately the various version Wormtub, Peat Freak, Scotland by the Roadside and Celtic Malts etc. are incomplete and full of broken links. For this reason this fantastic resource is being preserved here