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TITLE
Site of the Scoraig whisky bothy
EXTERNAL ID
PC_BUSH_004
PLACENAME
Scoraig
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
SOURCE
Alan Bush
ASSET ID
22005
KEYWORDS
Scorraig
illicit whisky
whisky stills
Site of the Scoraig whisky bothy

This is the site of a bothy which housed an illicit whisky still. It is located close to the shore to the west of Scoraig. It is said that the area was notorious for illicit distilling, assisted by its remoteness.

The process of making whisky is fairly simple. Barley is malted by being soaked to the point of germination before being dried, usually over a peat fire, and then ground down. It is then transferred to a vessel with some hot water and yeast to ferment. The resulting mixture, called a mash, is then boiled in a copper pot or cauldron and the vapours produced are collected and cooled in a coiled pipe, called a worm, which is attached to the pot. The vapour then returns to liquid form - whisky.

Scoraig is a small settlement on the peninsula between Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom. It is only accessible via the five- mile Creag a'Chadha footpath or by a short boat trip. The population has fluctuated greatly over the centuries. From a couple of hundred in the 19th century it dwindled to just a handful of people in the 1960s. However, it then saw something of a resurgence with an influx of people who were looking to pursue what would now be called an "alternative" lifestyle that wasn't possible in much of the rest of the country.

The area came to prominence in the late 1970s when Hugh Piggott established Scoraig Wind Electric which produced small wind turbines to supply power to the properties on the peninsula. To this day, wind is still the main source of power-generation. Most of the residents support themselves through traditional activities such as crofting, fishing, weaving and vegetable-growing. There is a school which provides education for 3-14 year olds.

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Site of the Scoraig whisky bothy

ROSS: Lochbroom

Scorraig; illicit whisky; whisky stills

Alan Bush

Alun Bush - Scoraig & Nigg

This is the site of a bothy which housed an illicit whisky still. It is located close to the shore to the west of Scoraig. It is said that the area was notorious for illicit distilling, assisted by its remoteness.<br /> <br /> The process of making whisky is fairly simple. Barley is malted by being soaked to the point of germination before being dried, usually over a peat fire, and then ground down. It is then transferred to a vessel with some hot water and yeast to ferment. The resulting mixture, called a mash, is then boiled in a copper pot or cauldron and the vapours produced are collected and cooled in a coiled pipe, called a worm, which is attached to the pot. The vapour then returns to liquid form - whisky.<br /> <br /> Scoraig is a small settlement on the peninsula between Loch Broom and Little Loch Broom. It is only accessible via the five- mile Creag a'Chadha footpath or by a short boat trip. The population has fluctuated greatly over the centuries. From a couple of hundred in the 19th century it dwindled to just a handful of people in the 1960s. However, it then saw something of a resurgence with an influx of people who were looking to pursue what would now be called an "alternative" lifestyle that wasn't possible in much of the rest of the country.<br /> <br /> The area came to prominence in the late 1970s when Hugh Piggott established Scoraig Wind Electric which produced small wind turbines to supply power to the properties on the peninsula. To this day, wind is still the main source of power-generation. Most of the residents support themselves through traditional activities such as crofting, fishing, weaving and vegetable-growing. There is a school which provides education for 3-14 year olds.