Kennetpans and Kilbagie

In many ways it is easier to cover these two great distilleries in one section. KENNETPANS DISTILLERY c1720 – 1825 Founder John Stein (1697 – 1773) The exact date of distilling at Kennetpans is not known but it is thought the ruins still present date back...

The Stein Family

THE FORGOTTEN DYNASTY Most historians describe the Steins as a great whisky dynasty, probably one of the greatest understatements you will ever read. Yes, the Steins revolutionised both the Scottish and Irish whisky industries, but without a doubt the family were also...

Port of Alloa

By the mid 1700’s Alloa had also become a major port, its growth mainly brought on by Scottish merchants being able to trade with America after the 1707 Act of Union. Glasgow merchants built extensive warehousing to hold stocks of sugar and tobacco which had...

Audio Articles

Listen to an old Clackmannan song that refers to picking fruit at Kennetpans  ‘Doon The Craw Road’. Listen to Alex Salmond talking about his time working at the Stein Brickworks on Desert Island Discs 16th January 2011. (Stein brickworks is discussed from...

The Story So Far

Feb 2011 We have started cutting down the trees and ivy in and around the distillery building. Historic Scotland have had two site visits and we await their reports on the stabilisation procedure. They have also reiterated the historical importance of this site but...

Port of Kennetpans

Artists Impression of the Port of Kennetpans This is a copy of an original picture lent to us by Mr Stokes of Kincardine. I would imagine the picture gives a fairly accurate impression of the port at its peak, with one or two exceptions. There was never the distance...

Bow Street Distillery

1780 – 1971 Founded by John Stein of Kennetpans. John Jameson, originally from Alloa, was related to the Steins / Haig’s through marriage. John became manager at Stein’s Bow Street distillery before taking full ownership in 1805. By 1810 it had been officially...

Kincaple Distillery

St Andrews Founded c1780 by Robert Stein financed by his brother James Stein of Kilbagie. Kincaple was one of the top 5 Great Middleclass Distilleries until the collapse of 1788. It was reopened by William Haig from 1795 – 1804. For more information about...