The Isle of Harris Distillery is known as 'The Social Distillery', an ethos which embraces the generous character of our island and the people who live here.
Although very much a working distillery, we open our doors six days a week, to connect with all those who want to learn more about our story and share our spirit.
A peat fire burns at the heart of the building here in Tarbert, symbolising the warmth of an Outer Hebridean welcome and the life we are bringing to our wider community.
We opened our doors on the 24th of September 2015, celebrating this historic moment by lighting a fire in our hearth for the first time, with three generations of 'Hearaich' adding a 'fàd' of peat to the growing blaze.
That evening we threw the biggest ceilidh the Isle of Harris had ever seen, with hundreds of our local friends and family joining us for a night of music, song, and dancing in the distillery warehouse.
It is this genuine sense of community we wish to build on as the years go by.
We have the future of Harris at our heart, working not only to enrich our homeland, creating an enterprise that will thrive for decades and even centuries to come, but to send the magical, elusive spirit of the island out into the world.
There is a deep belief that the island's natural assets can best be harnessed to address our acute economic problems through ambitious projects like our own, bringing this special place and its qualities to the attention of a wider audience.
We do hope that you will recognise something 'set apart' in what the Isle of Harris Distillery is doing and be inspired to participate in the realisation of this vision.
Join Assistant Storyteller Shona Maclennan as she discovers how the sugar kelp in our Isle of Harris Gin is harvested:
The new year is upon us and as spring begins it's time to begin harvesting our key gin botanical Sugar Kelp seaweed. Our assistant storyteller Shona Maclennan takes the plunge with harvester Lewis Mackenzie to learn more about life beneath the waves...