The Hebrides Breweries

Brewery Regions Map.The Hebrides are not typically associated with the brewing of beer. Rather, some of the Inner Hebridean islands are home to a number of the finest and most unique malt whiskies that Scotland has to offer, particularly the Isle of Islay. Much of the Outer Hebridean islands are more known for their strict religious adherence and many still have no ferry service or shops open on Sunday.

Today, these islands host some very fine breweries. The Isle of Skye has two breweries, its namesake, Isle of Skye Brewing (est. 1995) at the ferry port of Uig and Cuillin Brewery (est. 2004) at the Sligachan Hotel in Sligachan. On that island most famous for its peaty and seaweedy malt whiskies is Islay Ales (est. 2003) and just to the north of Islay is the Colonsay Brewery (est. 2007) on the island of the same name. Brewing was undertaken for awhile at Isle of Mull Brewing at Tobermory; however, for the time being their beers are being brewed at Oban Bay Brewery. Finally, way out at Stornoway on Isle of Lewis is Hebridean Brewery (est. 2002).