Edinburgh whisky distillery plans given go ahead

PLANS for the Capital's first single malt whisky distillery in more than 90 years have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Wednesday, 17th August 2016, 12:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:01 pm
An artist's impression of the distillery. Picture; contributed

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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.

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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.”