During the much of the mid-nineteenth century Campbeltown was the heart of whisky production in Scotland. This area towards the end of the Kintyre peninsula had between 25-30 distilleries operating at the height of its powers, and supplied a great deal of whisky to Glasgow, the lowlands, England and abroad. However the good fortune of the Campbeltown distillers was not to last and as blenders preferences changed towards the lighter style being produced in Speyside, many distilleries began to close. The depression of the 1920s sealed only the regions fate and by 1935 only Springbank and Glen Scotia had survived.
Today three distilleries operate in the region and maintain the richly oily, lightly coastal style often associated with Campbeltown. Glen Scotia can be variable and is only infrequently seen while Springbank stands as a shining light of traditional practices in the region. Alongside the 2.7 times distilled Springbank itself, the distillery also produces the three times distilled Hazleburn and the highly regarded, two times distilled and peated Longrow. The Springbank team and its owners have also recently opened the Glengyle distillery. Bottled under the name Kilkerran, the distilleries early output has been greeted with wide acclaim.