We are proud to be a family-run business and believe that this contributes to the unique charm of Torrisdale.
The estate has gone through many changes since it was established in the early 19th century. Once there would have been a large population supported by the estate and working actively in the fishing industry, farming and for the family in the castle as servants, chauffeurs and governesses.
Those days are long gone and times have changed significantly. The self-catering business was started by Mary and Donald Macalister Hall in the 1980’s and is still thriving today in the hands of their son Niall and his wife Emma.
Niall and Emma have drastically diversified the estate since they took over in 2013.
A biomass boiler was installed that year, providing central heating to the castle for the first time in over 200 years! The boiler is manually fed from estate logs.
2015 saw the construction of 100kw hydroelectric scheme which significantly boosted the estate income and was the catalyst for Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Ltd.
The production of Kintyre Gin began in 2017 and the distillery has gone from strength to strength ever since – adding more sustainably distilled gin to the range, garnering a shelf full of awards and expanding to incorporate a purpose built gin school and a delightful cafe.