Nearby Cameronbrig is well known for the distillery. Before the distillery was established, the site had been used for grain milling for several centuries. In 1822 John Haig visited the site and saw that the quality of water and the proximity of grain farms and mills made the location ideal for whisky manufacture.
The distillery was taken over by the Distillers Company in whose hands it remained until 1986 when it was acquired by United Distillers. Investment in the site in the 1980's saw the introduction of spirit for the making of gin and vodka added to their output. Cameron Brig whisky, a single grain, is one of their well known brands.
Coal mining has long since stopped in the area but the distillery is still a major employer in the area.