The Broadford Hotel is the original home of the world famous Drambuie liqueur. How it came to be that this delicious drink was created here on the Isle of Skye has a long story steeped in history, tradition and legend.
The story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion has a significant connection to the Isle of Skye. The story captures perhaps most succinctly the spirited character of the people of Skye and their allegiance to Prince Charles Edward Stuart. The grandson of King James VII of Scotland and II of England, he claimed his right to the British throne and travelled to Scotland where he raised an army of mainly Highland Clansmen.
After his crushing defeat at the Battle of Culloden he fled to Skye to escape capture by the victorious English army. He was helped by Flora MacDonald, the young lady who rowed him to safety from the neighbouring island of Benbecula, a journey immortalised in the ‘Skye Boat Song’.
Here at the Broadford Hotel we also have our own link with that history, for it is said that the secret formula of the Prince’s golden elixir were revealed by Bonnie Prince Charlie himself to a loyal clansman, Captain John MacKinnon, as a sign of his gratitude for sheltering him during his escape.
This elixir, now known as Drambuie, was developed, patented and sold by John Ross and his son, James who owned the Broadford Hotel towards the end of the 19th century.
Following on that success the MacKinnon family built on the brand’s humble beginnings to make it the truly international drink we know today.
Drambuie is presently owned by William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd, an independent family distillers since 1887.
To this day each bottle still carries the saying “Remember the gift of the Prince”.