New Distilleries Across Scotland
The whisky industry has flourished in recent years and the number of new distilleries appearing in Scotland is great testament to this thriving industry.
According to an article published by the SWA earlier this year, they note that nine new distilleries opened in the last two years and a further 40 are planned across Scotland. These range from larger projects in Edinburgh and Glasgow to micro distilleries in Abroath, Falkirk, Glenrothes, South Queensferry, the islands of Raasay, Skye, Harris, Barra and Lewis as well as Orkney and Shetland.
Last summer we learned of the new Holyrood Park Distillery which will open up in Edinburgh, aiming to have its first distillation set for this year. The project is being run by the former master distiller for The Macallan, David Robertson, and the opening of the distillery will end an almost 90 year period of no whisky being produced in the capital. The distillery will be set up as a visitor experience centre and due to its location in the capital of the country of the land of scotch we can assume that it will become a major tourist destination.
We tend to think of distilleries being tied to the Highlands and glens of northern Scotland but the opening of Holyrood Park Distillery in Edinburgh and the Glasgow Distillery in Glasgow bring in a new era of urban distilleries. As noted in The Guardian, Liam Hughes, the co-founder of the Glasgow Distillery, said that “people are fed up with major multinational brands and are looking for something with provenance, that can connect with local people. We want to bring metropolitan distilling back to Glasgow.” Liam draws inspiration form Brooklyn, which is now home to at least eight craft distilleries.
On the topic of Glasgow, there are also plans for a second new distillery and visitor centre in Glasgow near the Riverside Museum on the Clyde. Further afield in Shetland, Stuart Nickerson hopes to open a distillery at Saxa Vord and it will be the first legal distillery on the islands.
Islay will also be home to a new distillery as Hunger Laing & Company unveiled plans in January this year for their new project at Ardnahoe, near Port Askaig on the north east coast of Islay. They are hoping to produce their first spirit by the end of 2017.
The surging demand of whisky has meant that distilleries have sprung up all over Scotland; from Dingwall to Glasgow and Edinburgh to the Shetlands. This growth is evidence of a buoyant industry and we wish all new distillery ventures good luck. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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