The Isle of Tiree – sometimes known as Tir an Eòrna (Land of Barley) in Gaelic – was once home to ‘no less than fifty distillers’, yet the island’s connection with the Scotch Whisky Industry has long since been lost.

Tiree Whisky Company Ltd was formed to preserve and promote the island’s whisky heritage, with a view to re-establishing the connection the island once had with the Scotch Whisky Industry.

Named after an iron-screw steamer that ran aground off Hough on the Isle of Tiree in 1885 – The Cairnsmuir is the first bottling from TWC.

The Cairnsmuir was carrying a 100-ton cargo of spirits and beer when she ran aground, much of which washed up on the island’s shores and was hidden (or consumed) before the gàidsearan (excisemen) could act.

This bottling was released on the 23rd May 2016 at A' Bhuain, the Tiree Homecoming and both editions sold out within the week.

Tiree Whisky Company Ltd also produce Tyree Gin. 


Launched at Tiree Music Festival 2017, Tyree Gin was initially produced by Thames Distillers Ltd in London. Having the gin produced elsewhere but using local ingredients helped fund the renovation of an industrial shed in West Hynish in the southwest of the island and in February 2019,  after a break of 217 years, Tiree was once again home to an operational distillery.