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Scottish Gin Island Hopping Tour

  1. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - North Uist

    After leaving Colonsay we've travelled north west to the Outer Hebrides and find ourself in North Uist, home of North Uist Distillery Co. - the creators of Downpour Gin.

    Spanning and area of 117 square miles, North Uist is the tenth largest Scottish Island and is connected by causeways to Benbecula, Berneray and Baleshare. The landscape is generally very flat with the exception of the south east and is covered by peat bogs, cultivated crofts, sandy beaches and fresh and salt water lochans.

    The island is a haven for nature lovers with the mix of fresh and salt water lochs giving rise to some complex and unusual habitats. Fishing and bird watching are extremely popular past times in North Uist. 

    Lochmaddy is the largest settlement on the island with a population of around 300 people and is the where the ferries connecting North Uist with

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  2. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - Isle of Colonsay

    We've travelled further west from the Isle of Jura and are now on Colonsay - an island in the Inner Hebrides and the home of Wild Thyme Spirits.

    Colonsay lies around 20 miles from the mainland and is between Islay and Mull. Together with Oronsay, an island connected by a tidal causeway, the islands are around 10 miles in length and 2 miles wide and are home to around 135 inhabitants.

    Although small in size, there is no shortage of things to do on Colonsay, especially for the lovers of the outdoors and wildlife enthusiasts. 

    Kiloran Bay in Colonsay

    As the island is relatively flat with few steep or long hills it's great for walking and cycling. The unique climate and geology of Colonsay is perfect for wildlife and there are several distinct habitats including woodland, moorland, peat bogs, meadows, raised be

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  3. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - Isle of Jura

    For the second instalment of our Island Hopping with Scottish Gin series we’ve headed west from Bute, across Kintyre to the Isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides and the home of Lussa Drinks Company.

    Jura lies adjacent and northeast of Islay and is 142 square miles in area making it the eighth largest island in Scotland. However, with a population of only 196 people at the 2011 census, it is one the least densely populated islands in Scotland.

    Isle of Jura

    While the human population is sparse, there is no shortage of deer on the island with over 6000 of them! The name Jura actually comes from Old Norse and means ‘deer island’.

    The economy of Jura centres around the island’s seven estates, tourism and distilling.

    Distilling on Jura

    There are two active distilleries with Jura Distillery being t

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  4. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - Isle of Bute

    Like many others, due to the circumstances we find ourselves in, we have not been able to get away on a holiday this summer. Therefore, we decided to take a virtual tour of some of the stunning islands in Scotland, with a focus on their association with gin (of course!). 

    We're starting with an island that we have a close affiliation to. The Isle of Bute is just a short sail 'doon the watter' from Glasgow and also where we host the Bute Gin Festival each February.

    The Isle of Bute is a picturesque island situated in the Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland.

    The town of Rothesay on Isle of Bute

    Bute is around 47 square miles in area and the home to around 6.5 thousand people (at the last census) in 2011. The majority of the population live in Rothesay, Bute’s only town, with other

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