The distillery was founded in 1832 by Stewart Galbraith in Campbeltown. Campbeltown’s acclaim as ‘the whiskiest place in the world’ is not without reason. A town of less than 5,000 people, it had a breath-taking 34 independent legal working distilleries. Moreover, the first reference to whisky in Campbeltown is astonishingly early in 1591. But like with many of the great homes of whisky, things can fall apart without notice. The distillery is said to be haunted by a previous owner, Duncan MacCallum, who killed himself in Campbeltown Loch in 1930 after realising he had been tricked out of a fortune. Production at Glen Scotia was sporadic during the post-war decades, with periods of closure and part-time operation, but in March 2014 the distillery was bought by a team of experienced distillers, backed by a leading private equity company, trading as the Loch Lomond Group Ltd.