PLANS for the Capital’s first single malt whisky distillery in more than 90 years have been given the go-ahead by councillors.
The former Engine Shed building on St Leonard’s Lane will be transformed into the Holyrood Park Distillery and also feature a visitor centre.
When completed, it will be Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery since Glen Sciennes closed in the 1920s.
Work is due to start in the next few months with doors expected to open in 2018.
It will initially produce 53,000 litres of alcohol per year – resulting in around 140,000 bottles of mature single malt in 8 to 12 years’ time. Bosses said the distillery would create 25 jobs.
David Robertson, project lead of the Holyrood Park Distillery, said: “After years of hard work, our team’s dream of bringing single malt whisky distilling back to Edinburgh is set to become a reality.
“We worked closely with local residents and businesses to build a proposal that will benefit the local community as well as Edinburgh as a whole.”