Back in the early 1700’s, to avoid paying a malt tax imposed by an English government, us crafty Scots took to remote glens and hillsides where whisky could be crafted undetected, with easy to dismantle equipment for a speedy escape! These were known as Illicit Stills, from which we take our name!

Our links to Whisky don’t stop there however, as a recent study by the University of Aberdeen found the earliest recorded distilling of Whisky took place right here on Guestrow in 1505! As the only original remaining building on Guestrow, we can stake a fair claim to be the birthplace of Whisky, so be sure to try a dram, 514 years later we’re still serving up the finest Scotch here at The Illicit Still!