I was reading the Scottish Law on scotch Whisky and in the back of the legal text is a listing of distillerys that are located in Scotland. What I noticed is that lots of distillerys have a name that begins or end with “Ben”, “Glen”, “Loch” or “More”.
Since I’m Dutch I had no clue what those words mean, so to further my own know how I looked it up and asked people for help!

“Ben”

  • Ben Nevis
  • Benriwach
  • Benrinnes
  • Benromach
Ben or ‘beinn’ is a common Gaelic word for ‘mountain’.
a “Ben”

 

“Glen”

  • Glenallachie
  • Glenburgie
  • Glencadam
  • Glendronach
  • Glendullan
  • Glen Elgin
  • Glenfarclas
  • Glenfiddich
  • Glen Garioch
  • Glenglassaugh
  • Glengoyne
  • Glen Grant
  • Glen Keith
  • Glenkinchie
  • Glenlossie
  • Glenmorangie
  • Glen Moray (also known as Glen Moray- Glenlivet)
  • Glen Ord
Glenrothes
  • Glen Scotia
  • Glen Spey
  • 
Glentauchers
  • Glenturret
  • The Glenlivet

 

A glen is a valley, typically one that is long, deep, and often glacially U-shaped, or one with a watercourse running through it. Whittow defines it as a “Scottish term for a deep valley in the Highlands” that is “narrower than a strath”.
a “Glen”

“Loch”

  • Loch Ewe
  • LochLomond
Loch (/ˈlɒx/) is the Irish and Scottish Gaelic word for a lake and a sea inlet. It is cognate with the Manx lough, Cornish logh, and the Welsh word for lake, llwch
a “Loch”

 

The Ben, Glen and Loch all seem to indicated locations of the still or locations of the water sources. In this light I thought the “more” was a reference to a bog or “Moor”. Especially since peat is the product of such a wetland. I was mistaken.

“More”

  • Ardmore
  • Aultmore
  • Bowmore
  • Dalmore
  • Mannochmore
Bowmore comes from the Gaelic Bogh Mòr, where Mòr means great/big (and Bogh is sea reef)

So no reference to a “moor” but just something rather big!

 

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