A Guide To Gaelic Names For Distilleries

Many of Scotland’s distilleries we’re built centuries ago hence the variety of traditional names, other more recent established distilleries such as Bruichladdich continue this tradition. Unfortunately while Gaelic is a an incredibly poetic language the most recent census data suggests that only 1.1 per cent (or 58,000) of the Scottish population actually speak Gaelic resulting in a plethora of pronunciations even in Scotland.In other countries such as France or America with a high demand for Scotch whisky the names themselves are even less frequently pronounced correctly so here at Uisce Beatha we’ve compiled a list of often mispronounced distilleries with their correction pronunciation, the top few are some of the most instantly recognisable but we’ve created a pronunciation table for every currently active distillery.

Cardu Distillery

Cardu distillery The distillery derives its name from the Scots Gaelic Carn Dubh, or ‘Black Rock’ is pronounced Kaar-doo with an extra stress on the a.

Laphroig Distillery

Laphroig Distillery The Gaelic name Laphroaig means ‘the beautiful hollow by the broad bay is pronounced Lah-froyg

Bruichladdich Distillery

Bruichladdich Distillery The distillery name is derived from two Gaelic words brudhach and chladdich translated as ‘brae by the shore’ and is pronounced Broo-ick-laddie the ch being silent.

Lagavulin Distillery

Lagavulin Distillery Lagavulin is an Anglicization of the lag a’mhuilin or the ‘hollow by the mill’ and is pronounced Lah-gah-vool-in.

Other Scotch Whisky Pronunciations

DistilleryPronunciationRegionFounded
Aberfeldy DistilleryAh-bur-fell-deeHighlands1896
Aberlour DistilleryAh-burl-ow-erSpeyside1826
Abhainn Dearg DistilleryAveen Jer-uckHighlands2008
Ailsa Bay DistilleryAle-sah BayLowlands2007
Allt-A-Bhainne Distilleryolta-vayneSpeyside1975
Annandale DistilleryAnn-an-dailLowlands2014
Arbikie DistilleryAr-BikayHighlands2014
Ardbeg DistilleryArd-begIslay1815
Ardmore DistilleryArd-mowerHighlands1898
Ardnamurchan DistilleryArdne-murkenHighlands2013
Auchentoshan DistilleryOck-en-tosh-enLowlands1823
Auchroisk DistilleryAr-thruskSpeyside1974
Aultmore DistilleryOllt-moreSpeyside1896
Balblair DistilleryBal-blairHighlands1790
Ballindalloch DistilleryBalin-dowkSpeyside2014
Balmenach DistilleryBal-may-nackSpeyside1824
Balvenie DistilleryThe Balv-en-eeSpeyside1892
Ben Nevis DistilleryBen Nev-issHighlands1825
Benriach DistilleryBen-ree-ackSpeyside1897
Benrinnes DistilleryBen-rin-essSpeyside1826
Benromach DistilleryBen-ro-mackSpeyside1898
Bladnoch DistilleryBlad-nockLowlands1817
Blair Athol DistilleryBlair Ath-ullHighlands1798
Bowmore DistilleryBo-mowerIslay1779
Braeval DistilleryBrave-allSpeyside1973
Bruichladdich DistilleryBroo-ick-laddieIslay1881
Bunnahabhain DistilleryBuh-nah-hav-ennIslay1881
Cameronbridge DistilleryCameronbridgeLowlands1824
Caol Ila DistilleryCull-eelaIslay1846
Cardhu DistilleryCar-dooSpeyside1824
Clynelish DistilleryKline-leashHighlands1967
Cragganmore DistilleryCrag-an-mowerSpeyside1869
Craigellachie DistilleryCraig-ell-ack-eeSpeyside1891
Daftmill DistilleryDaf-millLowlands2005
Dailuaine DistilleryDall-yoo-anSpeyside1852
Dalmore DistilleryDal-mowerHighlands1839
Dalwhinnie DistilleryDal-whinnayHighlands1897
Deanston DistilleryDeen-stunHighlands1965
Dufftown DistilleryDuff-t-ow-nSpeyside1896
Eden Mill DistilleryEden MillLowlands2014
Edradour DistilleryEd-rad-ow-erHighlands1825
Fettercairn DistilleryFett-uhr-care-nHighlands1824
Girvan DistilleryGir-vahnLowlands1963
Glen Elgin DistilleryGlen Elg-inSpeyside1898
Glen Garioch DistilleryGlen Gee-reeHighlands1797
Glen Grant DistilleryGlen Grr-antSpeyside1840
Glen Gyle DistilleryGlen GyleCampbeltown2004
Glen Keith DistilleryGlen Key-thSpeyside1957
Glen Moray DistilleryGlen Mor-aySpeyside1897
Glen Ord DistilleryGlen OrdHighlands1838
Glen Scotia DistilleryGlen Skoh-shaCampbeltown1832
Glen Spey DistilleryGlen SpaySpeyside1878
Glenallachie DistilleryGlen-alla-keySpeyside1967
Glenburgie DistilleryGlen-bur-geeSpeyside1810
Glencadam DistilleryGlen-cad-amHighlands1825
Glendronach DistilleryGlen-dro-nackHighlands1826
Glendullan DistilleryGlen-dull-anSpeyside1897
Glenfarclas DistilleryGlen-fark-lassSpeyside1836
Glenfiddich DistilleryGlen-fidd-ickSpeyside1886
Glenglassaugh DistilleryGlen-glass-ockHighlands1875
Glengoyne DistilleryGlen-goynHighlands1833
Glenkinchie DistilleryGlen-kinch-eeLowlands1837
Glenlivet DistilleryGlen-liv-itSpeyside1824
Glenlossie DistilleryGlen-loss-aySpeyside1876
Glenmorangie DistilleryGlen-morrun-jeeHighlands1843
Glenrothes DistilleryGlen-roth-issSpeyside1878
Glentauchers DistilleryGlen-tock-hersSpeyside1897
Glenturret DistilleryGlen-turr-etHighlands1775
Highland Park DistilleryHi-lund ParkHighlands1798
Inchgower DistilleryInch-g-ow-erSpeyside1871
Invergordon DistilleryInvergordonHighlands1961
Isle of Arran DistilleryAr-ranHighlands1995
Isle of Harris DistilleryIsle of HarrisHighlands2015
Isle of Jura DistilleryEye-l of Joo-rahHighlands1810
Kilchoman DistilleryKil-ho-manIslay2005
Kingbarns DistilleryKingbarnsLowlands2014
Kininvie DistilleryKin-in-vee-ooSpeyside1990
Knockando DistilleryKnock-an-dooSpeyside1898
Knockdhu Distilleryknock-doo/AcnocSpeyside1894
Lagavulin DistilleryLah-gah-vool-inIslay1816
Laphroaig DistilleryLah-froygIslay1810
Linkwood DistilleryLink-woodSpeyside1821
Loch Lomond DistilleryLock Low-mundHighlands1965
Longmorn DistilleryLong-mornSpeyside1894
Macallan DistilleryMuck-al-unSpeyside1824
Macduff DistilleryMack-duffHighlands1958
Mannochmore DistilleryMan-ock-mowerSpeyside1971
Miltonduff DistilleryMill-ton-duffSpeyside1824
Mortlach DistilleryMort-lackSpeyside1823
North British DistilleryNorth BritishLowlands1885
Oban DistilleryOa-bunHighlands1794
Pulteney DistilleryOld Pult-nayHighlands1826
Roseisle DistilleryRose-eye-lSpeyside2014
Royal Brackla DistilleryRoyal Brack-lahHighlands1812
Royal Lochnagar DistilleryRoyal Lock-nah-garHighlands1845
Scapa DistillerySka-paHighlands1885
Speyburn DistillerySpay-bur-nSpeyside1897
Speyside DistillerySpay-sideSpeyside1976
Springbank DistillerySpring-bankCampbeltown1828
Starlaw DistilleryStarlawLowlands2011
Strathclyde DistilleryStrath-klideLowlands1927
Strathearn DistilleryStrath-earnHighlands2013
Strathisla DistilleryStrath-eye-lahSpeyside1786
Strathmill DistilleryStrath-millSpeyside1891
Talisker DistilleryTal-iss-kurHighlands1830
Tamdhu DistilleryTam-dooSpeyside1896
Tamnavulin DistilleryTam-na-voo-linSpeyside1966
Teaninich DistilleryTeen-in-ickHighlands1817
Tobermory DistilleryTow-bur-mower-ayHighlands1798
Tomatin DistilleryTow-mat-inHighlands1897
Tomintoul DistilleryTom-in-towelSpeyside1964
Tormore DistilleryTor-mowerSpeyside1958
Tullibardine DistilleryTully-bard-inHighlands1947
Wolfburn DistilleryWolfburnHighlands2013