Saturday, October 19, 2013

Upcoming, planned and rumoured distilleries in Scotland, Ireland and UK

Yesterday the newest distillery in Scotland, Strathearn Distillery filled it's first cask

Strathearn soon to be whisky

Never before have so many distilleries been in the plans or getting build. Here are the ones I am aware of

1. Glencarron
At the site of the old Imperial Distillery, Pernod Ricard is currently building a new distillery, rumoured to be named Glencarron. The building is well on its way

Photo from Dufftown 2000 facebook page

2. New Diageo Distillery in Alness
Diageo are building a new 13 million LPA, 16 copper pot stills distillery next to Teaninich Distillery

3. Ardnamurchan
A new distillery by the independent bottler Adelphi, is well on it's way on the remote peninsula Ardnamurchan, the westernmost point on the british mainland

Ardnamurchan summer 2013, from Adelphi's FB page

Primo Oct. 2013, photo by Thomas Skowronek

4. Annandale
The old Annandale distillery has been closed for 90 years and is up for a resurrection. The distillery is located near the english border on the west coast.

Annandale Nov. 2012

5. Falkirk Distillery
Falkirk Distillery is a project in Polmont that has been on its way for some years now, but something is finally happening.

Photo from Malt Maniacs FB-page

6. The Kingsbarn Distillery
Something is finally happening for  the founder Douglas Clement, after he has teamed up with the independent bottler Wemyss.

From Kingsbarns FB-page

On top of these six there is a range of rumoured distilleries:

7. Ballindalloch Castle
Ballindalloch Distillery LLP has received a £1.27 million grant from the Scottish government

8. Anniston Farm in Lunan, Angus
has received a £292.000 grant from the Scottish governemnt

9. Gartbreck Distillery, Islay
Near Bowmore, Jean Donnay of Glann Ar Mor in France is associated or behind this project

10. Glenrothes 
A rumoured distillery by the indian company Kyndal and John Fergus & Co. It is to be locaed just south of Fife Airport, west of Glenrothes. Rumoured name: Inchdairnie Distillery

11. Lindores Abbey in Fife
The first written record of whisky was a commission from King James IV to Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey to make "eight bols of malt" Will whiskymaking return ti it's birthplace?

12. Unst, Shetland
Former Glenglassaugh director Stuart Nickerson should be involved in developing a distillery on Shetland. In very initial planning phase

13. Glasgow Distillery
AD Rattray are behind a new project in Queens Docks in Glasgow

14. Isle of Harris
There is a website for this It's been there for a while, ot sure if anything happens

15. Huntly Distillery
According to Duncan Taylor's owner, Euan Shands the distillery plans are still meant to go ahead. Nothing have happened in years though.

16. Camelon
Arran Brewery has secured a £500.000 grant from Historic Scotland to reopen Rosebank as a brewery and microdistillery. Rumoured name for the distillery is Camelon

17. Drimnin
A project in Drimnin, on the Sound of Mull, opposite Tobermory

18. Portavadie
A new project on the shores of Loch Fyne, opposite Tarbert

19. Tweeddale Blend
is working to fund a craft distillery. Read about at Whisky Discovery HERE - just scroll down to the bottom of his long post.

20. Isle of Barra Distillery

21. Torabhaig Distillery, Skye

22. Jedforest Hotel

Meanwhile in England
23. Lakes Distillery
Aimed to open in Spring 2014, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's later

There are also plans in Ireland
24. Tullamore
William Grant are currently building a new distillery in Tullamore to support their brand Tullamore Dew

25. Walsh
The company behind The Irishman and Writer's Tears are behind this project

26. Horse Island

27. Slane Castle

28. Teeling

Also Northern Ireland

29. Ballyhenry House

30. Gransha Road

30 new distilleries coming up? Possible. I reckon most if not almost all of them will happen. Time will tell. And I am sure there are more than I know of, some like to keep quiet about these things! Let me know if you heard something I didn't

It doesn't look like I will run out of new distilleries to visit in the future


  1. Portavadie distillery planned

  2. Thank You Karlejnar, I will add his well


  3. If you get as far as Tasmania - visit our Jack at Nant Distilley.....

  4. Hi Sue. I read about him :-). One day I might go, its my hobby :-) and there are many distilleries in Tasmania!!

  5. There is also a project on Barra moving slowly along - and in Ireland Horse Island, Carlow, Dingle, Dublin and probably others.

  6. Thanks Ian. There is allready a distillery up and running in Dingle, but will there be a 2nd one ?. I have the Walsh on the list, which is in Carlow

  7. Did you get the Teeling ventures - one in Dublin possibly on the old Jameson site at Marrowbone Lane and another - the Great Northern Distillery - in an old brewery in Dundalk. So many! Will they all survive?

  8. And, you have Wolfburn in Thurso..

  9. Hi A. nonymous. Wolfburn has been running for quite a bit now, it's not even the newest distillery in Scotland