Opening day announced

Holyrood ready to bring whisky distilling back to Edinburgh

Rebecca Orr and Éoin Ó Murchú Holyrood Distillery Visitor Centre staff

Rebecca Orr and Éoin Ó Murchú of the Holyrood Distillery Visitor Centre staff


Holyrood Distillery, the first single malt whisky distillery in the centre of Edinburgh for almost 100 years, will open on 30 July – in time for an influx of visitors to the Edinburgh Festival.

The last operational single malt distillery in central Edinburgh – The Edinburgh Distillery (aka Glen Sciennes) – closed in 1925 and the new one has been built in a former railway goods shed dating back to 1831. Located on the edge of Holyrood Park, it will also have a visitor experience and shop.

Holyrood Distillery is the brainchild of Canadian Rob Carpenter who founded the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society together with his wife Kelly. He 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 jobs.

Mr 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.”

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.”

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