Ardbeg purchases Islay Hotel to create whisky and hospitality experience
Ardbeg Islay single malt whisky is deepening its commitment to its Scottish island home by purchasing The Islay Hotel, located in Port Ellen, which is located near the brand’s Distillery.
This multi-million-pound investment offers Ardbeg the opportunity to create a whisky and hospitality experience a short distance from where it has been making its whisky for more than 200 years.
With missives concluded, the brand aims to complete the sale of the Islay Hotel and take ownership on 31st October 2022.
With its traditional whitewashed walls, sea views and renowned bar and restaurant, the hotel is already a destination for whisky lovers. It is located on Islay’s south coast, just a few miles from Ardbeg’s iconic Distillery, which draws tens of thousands of the whisky’s fans each year. Running the hotel as a going concern, Ardbeg said it looks forward to offering outstanding hospitality to Islay residents, tourists and Ardbeg fans, long into the future.
The purchase is the latest in a series of substantial investments Ardbeg has made on the island. The Distillery has recently built a new still house and enhanced its visitor experience. Furthermore, it is currently partnering to build a new community hub in Port Ellen and has made direct contributions to roads and pathways on the island. In July, Ardbeg pledged to donate £1 million to Islay causes from the record-breaking sale of Ardbeg’s oldest ever whisky, the 1975 Cask No. 3.
President and CEO Thomas Moradpour, said: “Ardbeg has been rooted on Islay for over 200 years. And since we plan to be distilling on the island for at least 200 more, we are excited to invest even further in our homeland, by purchasing the Islay Hotel and creating a world-class whisky and hospitality experience. We look forward to welcoming whisky fans from Islay and around the globe.”