Wednesday, March 08, 2017


It has been announced today, that whisky distilling will return to Leith with the construction of a new £5m distillery in Edinburgh’s port district.

The Port of Leith Distillery, will be the first purpose-built single malt distillery to be constructed in the capital for over a century. Following the confirmation of the site for the new state of the art distillery in Leith, a planning application is underway and will be submitted in the next three months.

The Port of Leith Distillery founders Patrick Fletcher and Ian Stirling

Founded by Patrick Fletcher and Ian Stirling, who grew up together in the capital, the distillery will bring a distinctive, new approach to Scotch whisky production by focusing on fermentation; a key part of the production process that is rarely highlighted to consumers.

The Port of Leith Distillery’s modern approach will be reflected in the design and construction of the building, which is intended to create an exciting new landmark for Leith and includes plans for an adjacent floating restaurant and bar.

Accessibility is a key priority for the company, who intend to open the distillery not only to tourists, but also students and local enthusiasts alike.

Commenting on the news, Ian Stirling, said: “The first step to making whisky is making a beer, and as any beer fan will know, there is a whole world of possibilities in that process. We want to play with those possibilities, ferment something special, and then distil a delicious lowland whisky.”

The company has secured investment to apply for planning consents and building warrant. Significant investment has already been committed for the construction phase, pending the successful outcome of the planning process.

Posted by Steve Rush