Holyrood Distillery

Rebecca Orr and Éoin Ó Mur, visitor centre staff

Edinburgh's Holyrood Distillery announces open date

17 July, 2019

Holyrood Distillery, which will be the first single malt whisky distillery in the centre of Edinburgh for almost 100 years, will open on 30 July.

The distillery will produce single malt whisky alongside a range of gins and gin liqueurs and has been built in a former railway goods shed dating back to 1831.

“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,” said Carpenter.

The distillery is located on the edge of Holyrood Park in the centre of the city and aims to offer a major visitor attraction for both tourists and locals.

Holyrood Distillery has been founded by Rob Carpenter, who founded the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, alongside co-founder David Robertson.

Spirit production will be handled by distillery manager Jack Mayo, previously of The Glasgow Distillery, alongside distillers Ollie Salvesen and Elizabeth Machin.

Debs Newman, Holyrood’s visitor experience director, added: “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.”

Bookings for Holyrood’s range of daily guided distillery tours are now open via holyrooddistillery.co.uk with tickets for adults starting at £14.

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