Anyone who has visited Islay will know just how much passion there is for the whisky produced, the people of Islay are extremely passionate about the product and not many show their passion more then Mary McGregor of the Bruichladdich distillery. Mary is one of the iconic people working on Islay, she oozes passion and entertains many of the visitors to the distillery. Mary was also “Highly Commended” in the Whisky Magazine ‘Icons of Whisky Scotland 2014’ award, according to the magazine the Icons celebrate the people and places behind the greatest whiskies.”
So over to Mary..

” I am the Laddie Shop Manager at Bruichladdich Distillery. Annually we welcome over 25,000 guests from all over the world, showing and telling everyone of the magic and wonders of our beautiful distillery and wonderful island. I was born and raised on a farm one mile from the distillery, it has been part of my life since I was a child, always joining my Dad when he was in collecting draff from the distillery. I have been on my amazing Laddie journey from the re-opening in 2001. My day starts at 9am and involves taking guests on tour, sharing my stories and passion for the island and passing on my local and historic knowledge. I am proud of my island’s heritage and will continue to provide the finest Islay welcome for many years to come”.

Mary McGregor
Shop Manager

Not only does Mary take many of the thousands of visitors around the distillery but she also runs a very friendly distillery shop which is not always a straight forward job, and I am sure she is probably the one who keeps all the staff on their toes, after all there are plenty of characters working in this well loved distillery. Having spoken to a good few people who have visited the distillery the main thing you realise about Mary is the dedication and spirit she portraits.. No one I spoke to had anything but the utmost respect for Mary.. For those who have not met Mary check out the link.. About 1 hour in..


Bruichladdich CEO Simon Coughlin says: About the icon award.. “We are delighted that Mary has gained this recognition for all the hard work that she has put in. It is through Mary and her staff that the Laddieshop has become such a great place to visit – relaxed, friendly and informal.”

Carl Revey comments..
It is my privilege to have known Mary McGregor for most of the 22 years that I have lived and worked on this beautiful Hebridean island. When we first met Mary was working at the Museum of Islay Life, which as you can imagine is a very important institution to the local community. The archives are stored in an old converted church in the village of Port Charlotte just two miles south of Bruichladdich. All sorts of treasures are on display depicting a way of life which has now largely disappeared. I am sure that many of Mary’s famous stories will have come both from her life on the family farm and then her time at the Museum.
“From the museum Mary moved to the village store in her home village of Bruichladdich, which again you can imagine is a very important part of social life here. However, when Bruichladdich distillery re-opened there was no doubt about where she wanted to be. Mary had found her true vocation and she has embraced it with such enthusiasm.

“Mary has now been at this great distillery since its renaissance back in 2001 and witnessed all the excitements and good times and some difficult ones too. She is an inspiration to the young team she works with in the famous ‘Laddieshop’ and always has a smile and a tale to tell for everyone who comes to visit.”


My thanks go out to Mary for agreeing to be featured and to Carl for his thoughts about Mary.. And to all who work at Bruichladdich..

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Harris says:

    A lovely lady.


  2. sorrenkrebs says:

    Thanks for the comments.. glad you enjoyed reading


  3. D Marotta says:

    Great feature on a very nice lady, I met Mary last year at the distillery and had a real nice chat about everything. Good idea to have her on board.


  4. Fran says:

    Fantastic read !


  5. sorrenkrebs says:

    High commendation indeed

    Liked by 1 person

  6. iladdie says:

    in my resent communications she adopted the name i-Lassie! 🙂 cute eh!

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  7. Marqs Breit says:

    A lovely lady and a pleasure to talk with her. Very nice article.


  8. iladdie says:

    i would have loved to meet iLassie!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Kasey says:

    Very interesting, I hope to head over to Islay next year, maybe I’ll get to speak to Mary.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Mickey Smith says:

    I have also met Mary and enjoyed a fair bit of banter with her, she is very well versed in the history and story telling.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Alison says:

    Nice lady !

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Whiskypicker says:

    A lovely lady and well worth having a chat with her. Visit Islay every year and always look forward to the visit to the distillery.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. sorrenkrebs says:

    And it’s a big key George 👍


  14. George says:

    Dedication is the key, Mary is the one holding it.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Peatymonster says:

    Visited islay dozens of times and spoken to Mary in depth about the island and the people. Very passionate lady, great to see her featured.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. 5toislay says:

    All aboard the ferry to the isle of islay.. 5 heading to see Mary.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. sorrenkrebs says:

    Thanks Gary 👍


  18. Whiskyfan says:

    I have too also visited and spoke to Mary, a lovely lady.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Gary says:

    Nice write up. Loving the series.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Brian says:

    I have also been to the distillery and have chatted to Mary, she is indeed very passionate about her job.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. sorrenkrebs says:

    Thanks Louis..
    It was my pleasure to involve Mary..


  22. Louis Hubbard says:

    I visited the distillery last year and had a long chat with Mary, she is very enthusiastic and so passionate about things. Great to see you involve someone like her. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

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