The People

Meet some of the characters that give Ardbeg its own singularly unique character. 

Mickey Heads

DISTILLERY MANAGER & CHAIRMAN OF THE ARDBEG COMMITTEE

The 20th manager to take the reins at Ardbeg and genuine Ileach. Well-deserved winner of Icons of Whisky Global Distillery Manager of the Year 2014.

Jackie Thomson

DISTILLERY VISITOR CENTRE MANAGER

Used to present the Saturday football results on a Highland radio station. Very deserving recipient of the Global Icon Visitor Centre Manager of the Year Award, World Whisky Awards 2013.

Dugga Bowman

HEAD WAREHOUSEMAN

Spent 10 years in the Royal Navy. In winter months, can often be found on the hills deer stalking. 

Yogi McKechnie

STILL MAN

Constructs a massive Ardbeg ‘sculpture’ every Ardbeg Day – from Cuban missile to Celtic Bull.

Drew Mullen

STILL MAN

Loves anything with 2 wheels and writing poetry.

Dougie MacTaggart

TOUR GUIDE

Ardbeg born and bred (when Ardbeg was still a village). Once saw Elvis Presley climbing a tree outside a bar in Germany.

Dr Bill Lumsden

HEAD OF DISTILLING & WHISKY CREATION

Fantasy dinner party companions would be Valentino, Charles Luciano, Charlies Darwin (Bill’s scientific hero), Michael Jackson or Prince and Kim Novac.

Shortie

OUR FAMOUS CANINE MASCOT

The peatiest nose on Islay.