Edinburgh to get first new single malt distillery in almost 100 years

The founders of spirits maker Holyrood Distillery have revealed the launch date for Edinburgh’s first new single malt whisky distillery in almost a century.

Rebecca Orr and Éoin Ó Murchú Holyrood Distillery Visitor Centre staff. (Photo: Greg Macvean)

Holyrood has started taking bookings for a range of daily guided distillery tours ahead of the still house’s official opening on 30 July.

There hasn’t been an operational single malt distillery in central Edinburgh since 1925 when The Edinburgh Distillery (aka Glen Sciennes) closed.

The distillery itself has been built in a former railway goods shed which dates back to 1831, located by Holyrood Park and close to popular Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues The Pleasance and George Square.

Holyrood’s new facility will produce single malt whisky alongside a range of gins and gin liqueurs, and will create 30 new jobs in the city.

Spirit production will be handled by distillery manager Jack Mayo, previously of The Glasgow Distillery, alongside distillers Ollie Salvesen and Elizabeth Machin. All three are graduates of Heriot-Watt University’s Brewing and Distilling course.

“I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll open the doors to our distillery on 30 July,” founder Rob Carpenter said.

“It’s been an incredible journey to get to this point, and to be able to bring back single malt whisky back to the heart of Edinburgh for the first time in almost 100 years is a true privilege. A big thank you is also owed to our neighbours who have been patient with the build over the past year.”

One Response to “Edinburgh to get first new single malt distillery in almost 100 years”

  1. Bob Scott says:

    Cogratulations to Holyrood Distillery Edinburgh,Scotland from Glenora Distillers, North America’s First Single Malt Whisky Distillery, located in Glenville,Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Key Account Manager

MMI Maldives

Financial Controller

London City Bond
Barking, UK

Duty Manager

The Whisky Exchange
Great Portland Street, London

Spirits Advisor

The Whisky Exchange
London, UK

International Sales Manager

Elixir Distillers
Park Royal, London, UK

Brand Marketing Executive

Elixir Distillers
Park Royal, London, UK

Cellar Door Manager

House of Townend
Melton, North Ferriby, UK

Marketing Manager

The Whisky Exchange
Whitby Avenue, Park Royal, London NW10 7SF

Millésime Bio 2020

27th Jan 2020

Maisons Marques et Domaines Annual Tasting

London,United Kingdom
29th Jan 2020

Austrian Wine Tasting

London,United Kingdom
3rd Feb 2020
Click to view more