Located just off the west coast of the isle of Arran, this town on the southern end of the Kintyre peninsula, famous for its beautiful coastline and sunsets, was, in its heyday, one of the largest centres of single malt production. In the 1830s, at the height of the industrial revolution, the region was home to numerous distilleries. These took advantage of the abundance of barley and coal, which they used for fuel. Despite the disappearance of most of the distilleries, the region has retained a reputation for complex malts with strong personalities. While Springbank is the last active distillery that partly meets this description, the currently dormant Glen Scotia produces a less rich malt, comparable to some of the Highlands whiskies.