The Brora distillery operated between 1819 and 1983.
The Brora distillery was built in 1819 by the Marquess of Stafford, known as "Clynelish". In 1967 a new distillery was built next to the first distillery and also called Clynelish Distillery. Both distilleries operated in parallel until August of that year when the new distillery was called Clynelish A and the old distillery Clynelish B.
In 1969, Clynelish B closed in April only to reopen shortly afterwards as Brora and started to produce a heavily peated malt until 1973. Brora produced a heavily peated whisky to supply for blending; this was done to cover a shortage of Islay whisky caused by a drought in that region.
Most of the whisky produced as Brora after 1973 is in the lightly peated Highland style.
In March 1983, Brora was mothballed.
On October 9, 2017, Diageo announced that it will re-open the Brora distillery with production resuming in 2020.