Thursday, October 08, 2020


A group headed by the former Chairman and Chief Executive of Whyte & Mackay, has today announced plans to build a new £15 million Scotch whisky distillery in Stirling.

The Wolfcraig Distillery, will have the capacity to produce up to 1.5 million litres of spirit per year and will focus on producing Highland single malt Scotch whisky, in addition to a range of other associated spirits.

The proposed Wolfcraig Distillery

The application lays out plans for a new whisky experience near Stirling, that will incorporate the distillery, an interactive, education-focused family visitor attraction, private tasting room and 180-cover bistro restaurant and bar.

The project is headed by Michael Lunn, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Whyte & Mackay and Co-Directors John Moore and Jamie Lunn. Who will work alongside a management team including Dr Alan Rutherford OBE, former production director at Diageo, former Bacardi UK Operations Director Iain Lochhead and renowned Master Distiller Ian Macmillan.

The development aims to further establish the city as a major food and drink tourist destination and will complement existing local attractions like Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre and Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Commenting on the news, Michael Lunn, said: “Our distillery will encourage visitors and tourists to spend more time in and around Stirling, helping to boost both the local and national economies. In addition to producing a premium Highland Single Malt, we want to offer a state-of-the-art immersive experience for people of all ages and knowledge levels. Our research indicates the distillery could attract around 90,000 visitors in its first year given its proximity to Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

Subject to planning approval, construction of the Wolfcraig Distillery is expected to get underway in spring 2021, with the distillery set to open its doors in summer 2022.

Posted by Steve Rush