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The Clydeside Distillery Gets 5 Star VisitScotland Tourism Rating

26th April 2019
The Clydeside Distillery which only opened in 2017 has picked up a 5 Star Quality Assurance award from VisitScotland, Scotland's national tourism organisation.

The Clydeside Distillery receive 5 Star VisitScotland Quality Assurance Award.

The Clydeside Distillery, situated in the pumphouse building which once controlled entry into the Glasgow Queen’s Dock, in the heart of the city of Glasgow has earned itself a prestigious five star Quality Assurance award from VisitScotland, Scotland's national tourism organisation.

Quality Assurance is the name VisitScotland give to their official grading system for tourism businesses and all their associated schemes and it is only the highest standard tourist attraction which picks up a five star award so it is needless to say that the folks at The Clydeside Distillery are rather pleased about the receiving such an accolade for the distillery which only opened back in 2017.

The distillery has earned this award through their innovative approach to customer care. The Clydeside offers visitors a range of bespoke tours and tastings, allowing people to dive deep into the fascinating story of the attraction before sampling some of Scotland’s finest drams with the help of an expert guide to recommend the perfect whisky to match food choices or preferences.

They were highly praised for the excellent high-quality produce used in the making of the dishes featured on the café’s menu with much of the produce used being Scottish or locally sourced. The attraction offers guests to try the Taste of Scotland Platter which is carefully chosen to showcase Scotland’s regional specialties.

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director said, "Congratulations to everyone at The Clydeside Distillery for this fantastic achievement. It is a great attraction for Glasgow and it is excellent to see their hard work and commitment to providing a quality customer experience being recognised with this prestigious award. The Clydeside Distillery is a truly spectacular building that celebrates the building’s history and offers a fantastic insight into how whisky is produced.

"This is an exciting time for Scottish distilleries with the growing global demand for single malts, any investment in transforming these distillery visitor centres should be welcomed. It is important we continue to promote our world famous whisky heritage because it is not only the distilleries themselves that benefit from visitors’ interest in the water of life but the surrounding towns and villages."

The Clydeside Distillery is owned by Morrison Glasgow Distillers Ltd, who's Chairman, Tim Morrison is the great grandson of John Morrison, who originally built The Queen’s Dock in 1877. Tim, formerly of Morrison Bowmore Distillers is current proprietor of the AD Rattray Scotch Whisky Company.

Tim Morrison commented on the VisitScotland award, saying: "To be awarded a five-star rating from VisitScotland is a truly outstanding achievement and we are incredibly proud of the team’s hard work and dedication which has helped us reach this point.

"Glasgow’s links with the Scotch Whisky industry stretch back hundreds of years and The Clydeside Distillery is helping to keep the city’s whisky heritage alive. We’re privileged to be able to share our story and our passion with our guests.

"Providing visitors with the very best experience is our top priority and this underpins everything we do. We look forward to welcoming many more guests through our doors."

The Clydeside Tours & Pricing:

The Clydeside Still House - Photo credit Ashley Coombes

The Clydeside Tour:

Visitors taking the three part one hour Clydeside Tour can see Glasgow’s links to the whisky industry brought to life through words, pictures and film as they make their way through 140 years of history as part of a self-led and guided tour. The Pump House once controlled entry into The Queen’s Dock, one of the city’s most famous shipping ports built by Morrison and Mason in 1877. This ensured Customs and Excise could keep a close eye on goods in and out, including Scotch whisky.

For the second part of The Clydeside Tour an expert guide will show you around Clydeside Distillery itself. Meet the distillery's craftsmen as they handcraft pure new make spirit using traditional methods and time-honoured skills while enjoying the spectacular view over the Clyde from the gleaming contemporary Still House.

Finally, to round off the tour, you can savour Three Wee Drams from across Scotland in Tasting Room with the help of the expert guide and at the end of your tour, you will have the chance to purchase your favourite dram to take home from the distillery shop.

Adults £15 per person

Chocolate & Whisky Tour:

A sublime sensory experience. Following the Dockside Story and Distillery Tour, enjoy tasting 5 wee drams of Single Malt Whisky, each carefully paired with exquisite Artisan Chocolate. Maximum number: 6 people per tour, 1 hour 30 minutes.

Adults £28 per person

Distillery Manager Tour:

An exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour, the two hour tour is hosted by Distillery Manager, Alistair McDonald. Features Alistair's personal selection of premium single malt whiskies for tasting, Clydeside New Make Spirit and gifts. Maximum number: 6 people per tour.

Adults £120 per person

If you fancy visiting The Clydeside Distillery you will find it at:

The Clydeside Distillery
The Old Pumphouse
Queen's Dock
100 Stobcross Road
Glasgow G3 8QQ

The distillery is open for tours 7 days a week, the first tour is at 10.00am and the last tour is 4.00pm (4.30pm July & August).

For more info give them a call on 0141212 1201 or visit their website www.theclydeside.com.

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