Distillery in the centre of Edinburgh is
now open for visitors.
The new Holyrood Distillery in the
centre of Edinburgh has opened its doors
to visitors and is now taking bookings
for its daily guided distillery tours,
all of which focus on exploring flavour.
Tours can now be booked via their
website at www.holyrooddistillery.co.uk
with tickets for adults starting at £14.
The first tour of the distillery took
place on Tuesday 30 July, a somewhat
historic occasion for Scotland's capital
and the whisky industry, as there hasn’t
been an operational single malt
distillery in central Edinburgh since
1925 when The Edinburgh Distillery (aka
Glen Sciennes) closed.
The distillery, which will produce
single malt whisky alongside a range of
gins and gin liqueurs, has been built in
a former railway goods shed dating back
to 1831. Located on the edge of Holyrood
Park and close to popular Edinburgh
Festival Fringe venues The Pleasance and
George Square, the new distillery is
within easy walking distance of the
city’s main attractions, including The
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
It is also a short walk or bus ride from
With its central location, visitor
experiences and shop, the aim is to
offer a major visitor attraction for
both tourists and locals. The distillery
say they will focus on the creation of
maximum flavour in all the spirits it
Holyrood Distillery is the notion of
Canadian Rob Carpenter who, in 2013,
first had the idea for a distillery and
visitor experience in central Edinburgh.
Rob, who founded the Canadian branch of
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society together
with his wife Kelly, has brought his
vision to life in partnership with
co-founder David Robertson, who has 25
years’ experience in the industry.
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 renowned
Brewing and Distilling course. In total,
the project has already created 30 new
Debs Newman, Holyrood’s Visitor
Experience director, commented on the
opening day, saying: “Today is a big day
for us as we open up our bookings for
our range of tours. Offering great tours
for our visitors is an integral part of
the distillery design, and there are a
range of tours available to visitors to
suit all levels of interest, with even
more variety to come in future.
"Given our location in the centre of
Edinburgh, we’re within easy walking
distance of the city’s major attractions
so we’re ready to welcome everyone, from
locals to tourists, to explore what we
have created and the amazing world of
flavour in both whisky and gin."