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Hugh Smith’s letter from Islay

Kildalton Castle

STANDING surrounded by woodland north-east of Port Ellen is the ruined Victorian country house known as Kildalton Castle.

It was designed by architect John Burnet in 1867 and built three years later for local landowner, distiller and politician John Ramsay, who had taken out a lease on the rundown Port Ellen distillery.

Ramsay reversed the fortunes of the ailing distillery, improved the island port’s docking facilities and was also a pioneer of whisky exports to the Americas.

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