News: Holyrood Distillery Announces Public Opening


The first single malt whisky distillery in the centre of Edinburgh for almost 100 years will open its doors to the public on 30 July.

Bookings for Holyrood’s range of tours are now open via their website here, with tickets for adults starting at £14.

The distillery has been built in a former railway goods shed that dates back to 1831 and will produce single malt whisky alongside a range of gins and gin liqueurs. Situated on the edge of Holyrood Park and close to popular Edinburgh Fringe venues The Pleasance and George Square, the new distillery is just a short walk or bus journey from Waverley Station.


Holyrood Distillery is the brainchild of Canadian Rob Carpenter, founder of the Canadian branch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Working in partnership with industry veteran of 25 years’ experience David Robertson, Carpenter will entrust the day to day running of the distillery to Jack Mayo, formerly of the Glasgow Distillery.

Carpenter said “I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll open the doors to our distillery on Tuesday 30th July. It’s been an incredible journey to get to this point, and to be able to bring back single malt whisky to the heart of Edinburgh for the first time in almost 100 years is a true privilege. A big thank you is owed to our neighbours who have been patient with the build over the past year.”

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Visitor Experience director Debs Newman added “Today is a big day for us as we open up our bookings for our range of tours. Offering great tours for our visitors is an integral part of the distillery design, and there are a range of tours available to visitors to suit all levels of interest, with even more variety to come in future.

“Given our location in the centre of Edinburgh, we’re within easy walking distance of the city’s major attractions so we’re ready to welcome everyone, from locals to tourists, to explore what we have created and the amazing world of flavour in both whisky and gin.”

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