Barnard says that “its outside appearance resembles a public building… a Manager’s house on the right hand side of the gateway”. The entrance was through an archway into a courtyard and you can still see this today, with the old house beside it. The name once stood proud above the archway but only the word Distillery is obvious now, the letters for Benmore either chipped or almost worn away.
|Benmore Distillery Sign|
|Benmore Kiln and Malt Barn|
Barnard describes the whisky as “pure Malt” which is strange as nearly all the others he describes as “Campbeltown Malt” (apart from Glengyle which is not described and Albyn which he calls “Highland Malt”) but he doesn’t elaborate so maybe it is just a misprint.
The distillery fell silent in 1927 and was sold to DCL in 1929. It never resumed production and DCL sold the property in 1936 to Craig Brothers who have operated it as a bus depot for West Coast Motors ever since. Most of the original buildings still remain and some are used to maintain the bus fleet. Of all the closed distilleries, aside from Hazelburn, Benmore has the only other buildings in town where you could recognise that a distillery once stood there.