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Machrie Moor Batch 6. The legend of Machrie Moor

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New Release Machrie Moor Batch 6.


The Peated Arran. Lightly peated at 20ppm, this mythical malt has proved a popular addition Machrie Moor Whisky to the Arran range.

Batch 6 has arrived. Save $10 on Machrie Moor Whisky

The Legend behind Machrie Moor

On the west coast of the Isle of Arran lies a windswept and mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor. Bronze Age stone circles and standing stones are strewn across its barren, undulating terrain.

One of the stone circles is known as Fingal’s Cauldron Seat, where sits a stone with a carved hole. The legendary warrior giant Fingal is said to have tethered his favourite dog Bran to this stone.

This peated expression of the Arran Single Malt perfectly captures the rugged beauty and lore of the landscape. Unleash the legend that is Machrie Moor.


The site on Machrie Moor, isle of Arran ranks amongst some of the finest examples of standing stones including Stonehenge and the Isles of Lewis and Orkney.  There are seven stone circles as well as individual standing stones, cairns and the remains of bronze age huts.

The Legend of Fingal and his connection to The Lord of The Isles.

The written version of the legend comes from an 18th century translation from the Gaelicby James Macpherson entitlted "The Works of Ossain, the son of Fingal".

Although, it is more likely that the work is actually fabricated by Mcpherson, based on a variety of legends and the culture of love of mythology that existed at that time.

There are several holes in the tale, including mistranslated place names and notably the fact that it is set in the 3rd century, 400 years before the first Norse invaders came.

Legend has Fingal our hero a great warrior, fighting the Norse at the request of Cú chulainn the greatest Irish warrior. It is a tale that involves many battles, love and death.

It seems likely that the legend of Fingal is mixture of the Irish legend of the white haired giant Finn mac Cumhail, the architect of the famous "Giants Causeway" in Ireland and the actual existence of a real life Scottish warrior called Somhairlidh.

Somhairlidh, (Somerled), was a Celtic leader of Irish descent and ruler of the Western Isles, seeking to keep them independent from Scotland. With a fleet of 160 war ships, he successfully drove the Vikings out of Scotland and the Hebridean islands. He was killed battling retaliating Scots at Renfrew. His descendants known as the Finghal, (fair haired, in Gaelic), ruled Morven, Innes Fadda, (the Hebrides) and Glencoe home of the MacDonald clan.

Yes - you've guessed it! Fingal - Somhairlidh - Somerled was probably the original "Lord of The Isles". As such he would have visited the Isle of Arran and may even have had a dog called Bran.




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