Campbeltown is an unique area in the whisky world. That little town, at the end of Mull of Kintyre, facing the Isle of Islay and near the Isle of Arran is an area apart due to the very large number of distilleries settled on its territory. There have been as much as 30 distilleries.
Nowadays, just 2 of them have survived, the one, Glen Scotia, helped by the other one, Springbank. The mythic distillery Glen Scotia (which is haunted by the ghost of one of its owners, who committed suicide by drowning himself in the loch during the big economic depression in the thirties) is just producing sporadically. Its whisky is produced and matured in the warehouses of its local concurrent, the other mythic distillery of the town: Springbank.
The family Mitchell, owner of Springbank remains the only really active in the whisky industry in the area. Not only they help Glen Scotia, belonging to Loch Lomond Ltd to assure a sporadic production, but they just have reopened Glengyle in 2004. The first Kilkerran malts (produced at Glengyle) will be marketed in 2014.
Further, they own Cadenhead, an important independent bottler.
Other formerly important distilleries have been converted in business centres or in bus company headquarters (West Cost Motors) like Benmhor.
Who know, may be the revival of the interest for Scotch Single Malt could help other distilleries to reopen in the future.
Let's hop Glen Scotia will not be in the same situation as the other distillery belonging to Loch Lomond Ltd, Littlemill in the suburbs of Glasgow, which is currently a ruin with quite little hope to be able to reopen some day.