New distillery could bring old favourite back to Edinburgh

New distillery could bring old favourite back to Edinburgh

Plans to develop a small single malt whisky distillery and visitor centre in Edinburgh have been put forward to City of Edinburgh Council.

Former master distiller for The Macallan, David Robertson, is behind plans to open the £3.6m Holyrood Park Distillery at the Engine Shed building and site in the heart of the capital.

Subject to planning approval, The Holyrood Park Distillery will be Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery since Glen Sciennes closed in the 1920s.

The business aims to start distilling whisky in 2017, initially producing 53,000 litres of alcohol per year, resulting in around 140,000 bottles in 8 to 12 years time.

Employment plans outline 25 staff positions at varying levels, from trainees right up to experienced distillery operators, tourism and production managers.

David Robertson, project lead of The Holyrood Park Distillery, said: “We are very excited by the prospect of resurrecting the proud tradition of distilling single malt whisky in Edinburgh.

“We have submitted plans which outline our vision to bring single malt whisky distilling back to Edinburgh and have worked closely with local residents and businesses to build a proposal that we hope will benefit the local community as well as Edinburgh as a whole. “

The distillery will also host an education facility to be used as a community and school resource for learning about distilling and the rich history of the site.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of spirits as part of the tour experience and ambitions stretch to establishing a weekend market for local crafts and products in the courtyard.