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Kilkerran Fife Whisky Festival


Published on: 13/09/19 by Justine

The team from Kilkerran will be returning to Cupar for 2020’s Fife Whisky Festival and we’re already looking forward to finding out what they’ll be pouring.

Kilkerran Fife Whisky Festival

Glengyle Distillery is located in Campbeltown, just along the road from Springbank. In fact, J&A Mitchell, owners of Springbank distillery, bought the then derelict Glengyle in 2000 to ensure that Campbeltown had the requisite 3 distilleries to ensure it maintained its status as a whisky region.

Four years later, the distillery opened and the first release of Kilkerran arrived in 2007.

So, hang on a second. What’s this Kilkerran all about?

Well, someone else had already bought the rights to use Glengyle as a brand name so the new owners opted for a more than suitable alternative. According to their website, Kilkerran is derived from the Gaelic ‘Ceann Loch Cille Chiarain’ which is the name of the original settlement where Saint Kerran had his religious cell and where Campbeltown now stands.

With the subsequent release of the ‘work in progress’ range, Kilkerran has proved to be a big hit with whisky enthusiasts.

At 2019’s Fife Whisky Festival, in addition to the 8 years Cask Strength and the 12 years, the team brought along the Kilkerran Heavily Peated- a good three weeks before it was due to be released – which went down a treat with festival goers.

Kilkerran Fife Whisky Festival

We’re as excited as you are to see what the team will be bringing to Cupar in March 2020.

Be sure to drop by the Kilkerran stand and enjoy a couple of drams!



ANNOUNCEMENT: Cyclist Mark Beaumont to open Fife Whisky Festival 2018

Published on: 31/01/18 by karen

It give us great pleasure to announce that Scottish cycling legend Mark Beaumont is gearing up for his latest challenge – as guest of honour at the first Fife Whisky Festival on 10th March in Cupar, Fife.

He said: “As an athlete I drink modestly but have always enjoyed a dram on the right occasion ever since I lived around the corner from The Ben Nevis – a famous whisky and folk music bar in Glasgow.

Mark will open the event – which he describes as an important boost to the local economy – at 1pm before mingling with festival-goers and enjoying the entertainment.

Mark BeaumontHe said: “Having partly grown up in Fife, I am proud of all the Kingdom has to offer and look forward to coming back and enjoying the Fife Whisky Festival. I’m aware of all the fantastic developments with distilling in the area and, for those who are new to Fife, this festival and events like it are so important in putting Fife firms on the map for travel and business.”

Karen and Justine, organisers of the Fife Whisky Festival commented:

After years of attending whisky festivals around the world, we are delighted to have the chance to bring an exciting new event to Scotland. Our plans have proved popular with whisky lovers across the country and further afield who’ve been snapping up tickets. And today we’re honoured to announce that Mark Beaumont has taken up our invitation to open the first Fife Whisky Festival and enjoy a few drams.”

There will be more than 25 distilleries and independent bottlers attending the event ensuring a huge range of whiskies for festival goers to try, including Fife’s well-known Kingsbarns DistilleryLindores Abbey DistilleryEdenmill together with Glen MorayIsle of Arran Whisky and Springbank Distillery.

Fife Whisky Festival Exhibitors

Meanwhile, drinks specialists Luvians, who have bottleshops in Cupar and St Andrews, will be on hand as the on-site retailer.

Fife-based musical duo The Coaltown Daisies, famous for producing `The Whisky Song’ which became the theme for last year’s World Whisky Day, are also attending to entertain festival-goers as they enjoy their tasting sessions.

There are two sessions for the Fife Whisky Festival – with the first starting at 1pm on Saturday March 10 and the second beginning at 5pm.