Glen Scotia is located in Campbeltown , on the Kyntire Peninsula in Scotland . The distillery, originally named Scotia, was built in 1832 by town mayor James Stewart and provost John Galbraith, who ran it until 1895. In 1919 it was a founding member of 'West Highland Malt Distilleries” which brought together six Campbeltown distilleries with the aim of sharing costs and avoiding a possible closure. In 1924 Scotia was purchased by Duncan MacCallum who had founded Glen Nevis. He was forced to close it in 1928, but it reopened in 1930. That year however, MacCallum committed suicide after losing his savings in a scam and the distillery was purchased by Bloch Brothers who added "Glen " to his name. Legend says that the ghost of MacCallum still haunts the distillery. Bloch Brothers continued to own Glen Scotia until 1954, when the distillery passed through the hands of many different owners. Glen Scotia was closed again between 1984 and 1989 and reopened under the influence of Gibson International. In 1994, Gibson's whiskey interests were purchased by Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd, which quickly put Glen Scotia on hold, once again. The distillery operated intermittently until 1999, when it returned to full-time production. In 2014, Glen Scotia was acquired by the Loch Lomond group , which invested in and developed this legendary brand, increasing its capacity, opening warehouses and creating a reception centre.