The rumours were there already for some time and now the Ileach has reported that Kilchoman Distillery has agreed to buy Rockside Farm on Islay from the current owners. Rockside Farm is the farm next to and surrounding the distillery grounds which provided the barley for the distillery. After more than 30 years on Islay, the current owners Mark and Rohaise French have decided to sell Rockside Farm in order to pursue new opportunities off the island, including spending more time with their four grown up children, who now all have families of their own. Earlier was announced that the Rockside Trekking Centre was to close its doors.
Mark French said, “It has been a wonderful privilege to live at Rockside, for the children to have grown up in this idyllic part of the world, and to have seen the distillery become the success it is today.” Anthony Wills, Managing Director of Kilchoman Distillery commented, “We have always been proud to produce whisky from barley to bottle and the purchase of Rockside Farm secures this vision for the future”. Rockside Farm will run as normal until the property changes hands at the end of November 2015.