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Our story

Gordon and Vanessa met at the Badachro Inn; a charming establishment tucked away in the remote hamlet on the North-west coast of the Scottish Highlands, the real Wester Ross. They married less than twelve weeks later and set out on the path toward their current venture.

First, they travelled the world. Through Gordon’s advertising work, they experienced the excitement and vibrancy of city life in the Middle East, London, and Edinburgh. But, as their family grew, they were ready to realise their dream of moving home to the mountains, clean waters and star-studded night sky of Badachro.

Fuelled by a shared passion for living a simpler, more peaceful way of life, they set-up their dream-home and thriving B&B, Aird Hill, where they settled on building a Highland-inspired, sustainable distilling business.

Gordon soon completed his formal training in distilling, gaining valuable insight and work experience at a distillery in Perthshire. With their hospitality and advertising backgrounds, combined with Vanessa’s previous work in horticulture and study of botanicals, Badachro Distillery was born.

Gordon and Vanessa Quinn

Badachro Distillery 

Nestled in the hamlet of Badachro, overlooking Badachro Bay and reaching out towards Skye and the Outer Hebrides, Badachro Distillery offers small-batch, artisan whisky, gin and vodka from the Scottish Highlands. 

At the heart of Badachro Distillery is a passion for infusing the spirit of its’ remote natural surroundings with unique, memorable flavours.

The small-batch, artisan whisky, gin and vodka remain connected to the purity, clarity, and wonder of the Highlands, offering a fresh, natural and authentic taste of Badachro.

Uniquely handcrafted in a family-owned distillery, Badachro whisky, gin, and vodka reflects the ethos of independent, artisanal produce. Including the foraging of local botanicals, hand-labelling and recording the batch and bottle number. The final seal of approval is marked with the distiller’s stamped initials.

Badachro Distillery

Our copper stills

 Badachro’s infamous copper still, ‘Delilah’, (now having a well deserved rest as our museum piece in the shop) has now been replaced by copper pot stills ‘Ashleign’, ‘Scarlett’ and ‘DeDe’. They effortlessly marry the subtle flavours and scents of local botanicals creating delicious spirits.

They are blended with a carefully selected combination of traditional botanicals, herbs and spices to create a delicious, unique and authentic taste of the Highlands.

Hand beaten in Portugal, all our stills are mature and well versed in the field of evaporation and condensation.

In the Highland tradition, Delilah was named after the daughter of her first master distiller’s eldest daughter (as with boats, it’s considered unwise to change a still’s name!) We followed on with the tradition – come visit and we tell you all about the origins of our stills names!

 

The Distillery Experience

Local botanicals

Inspired by the natural beauty of the land, Badachro Distillery uses local botanicals in its gin.

They grow abundantly in the surrounding area and are visible from Aird Hill house and the distillery. The water used comes from the pure, unpolluted air above the village and the much-documented highland tradition of distilling.

This locally-infused taste and its characterful process has seen Badachro Distillery’s reputation grow in measure to the delight of customers in Wester Ross, Scotland and beyond.

Some examples of the local botanicals used in the gin are juniper, wild myrtle, coriander, gorse blossom, lavender, rose-hip petals, and elderflower.

Locally foraged botanicals

Fair Work First Statement

We are working towards advancing the Fair Work First criteria in terms of fair employment contracts, inclusive employment practices, respect and fulfilment in the workplace. This includes paying a minimum of the Real Living Wage and promoting Effective (Individual and Collective) Voice conditions. Our aim is to deliver good quality and fair work through continuous improvement. This will give confidence to our employees, our customers and our consumers and continue the development and growth of meaningful employment by our company.

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