The only distillery on the Isle of Arran, it was founded in 1994 by Harold Currie (former director of Chivas) at Lochranza. The story goes...during the construction of the distillery, a pair of golden eagles built their nest on a cliff near the distillery; since golden eagles are a protected species, construction of the distillery was temporarily halted. The distillery officially opened in 1995. The Arran distillery is now owned by a group of private shareholders. Their second distillery opened in 2019 in Lagg at the south end of the island and is focused on making peated single malt.