In the early 1800’s George Connell learnt the art of distilling from his grandfather. On a small farm, in a remote glen, beneath the hill of Dumgoyne, George was able to distil whisky and escape the notice of the excisemen. By 1833 he decided to apply for a license and produce his whisky legally on a larger scale. Importantly George decided to use only local fuel to warm the air, to dry the barley and did not import peat, which would smoke the barley, a tradition continued in Glengoyne distillery today.
The distillery of Glengoyne remains in the tiny glen, sheltered by the hill of Dumgoyne to the north of Glasgow. Located on the division between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, Glengoyne’s stills are in the Highlands while maturing casks of whisky lie in warehouses across the road in the Lowlands.