Records of Isle of Skye Brewing Co Ltd, brewers, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Sales leaflets 1997;
  • Beer mats 1997;
  • Pump clip badges 1997;
  • Key ring 1997;
  • Bookmark 1997;
  • Calendar tab 1998;
  • Diaries 1997-1998.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Isle of Skye Brewing Co Ltd (or Leann an Eilein in Gaelic) based in Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland , was established in purpose-built premises in December 1995  . The company was founded and is owned by Angus MacRuary , originally a Portree High School, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, business studies teacher. The company opened its own bottling facilities in 1998 and in the same year became a limited liability business on 21 January 1998  .

As the demand for the brewery's beers in bottled format began to outstrip the facility's capacity, the bulk of the bottled range is now "brewed and bottled under contract of Belhaven Brewing Co Ltd , Dunbar, Scotland , who serve the supermarket and export markets, while Skye-bottled ales are sold on the island and in the West Highlands."

A total of 70 Scottish outlets are served direct by the company, but outside Scotland outlets are supplied via wholesalers. The Isle of Skye Brewing Co has also developed export markets in the USA, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Iceland.

"The existing brew plant can turn out up to 30 barrels per week, and bottling runs consist of some 1,500 bottles. By contrast, Belhaven's bottling runs tend to be closer to the 15,000 mark." During 2001, a new brewhouse and grain loft were built at the Skye Brewery in order to increase its capacity.

Source: Smith, Gavin D . The Scottish Beer Bible. The Essential Guide to over 150 Scottish Beers and Lagers ( Edinburgh: Marcat, 2001 )


The material is arranged according to the Scottish Brewing Archive classification scheme used within all SBA collections.

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Isle of Skye Brewing Co

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Custodial History

The collection was deposited by the Isle of Skye Brewing Co to the Scottish Brewing Archive held at the University of Glasgow. Custody of the Scottish Brewing Archive was transferred to Glasgow University Archive Services in 2008.



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Fonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, Archive Assistant (Hub), 30 October 2001. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description, 8 June 2005. Administrative history added by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 23 January 2002. Catalogue revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 12 December 2008; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 10 May 2012.

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