Monday, June 14, 2021


Ardgowan Distillery, has today confirmed £8.4 million of new investment, which will allow the company to start construction on their single malt Scotch whisky distillery and visitor centre, later this year.

The first phase of the distillery will incorporate two copper stills and six washbacks, with a planned output of one million litres per annum. Future output can be doubled via the addition of two further stills plus washbacks in an already-approved second phase.

Construction to commence on Ardgowan Distillery following new investment

The new distillery, which will start producing spirit in 2023, will resurrect the name of the Ardgowan Distillery, which was founded in 1896 and located in Baker Street, Greenock. After a few years of whisky production, the distillery was used to make grain spirt and industrial alcohol until it was destroyed in the May Blitz of 1941.

Commenting on the news, Martin McAdam, Ardgowan Distillery CEO, said: “This is terrific news for the project and for Inverclyde. We have put a lot of the uncertainty of Brexit behind us and we hope that Covid will also soon be a distant memory. Over the past few years, we have used the time well to build up our team and craft some fantastic, blended malt whiskies, sourcing some of the finest casks from across Scotland. We are hugely proud of our Expedition and Clydebuilt whiskies which have won industry recognition and continue to gather a growing fanbase of customers.”

The new distillery and visitor centre, which is located on the Ardgowan Estate near Inverkip, 30 miles west of Glasgow, will create up to 30 new jobs in its first five years.

Posted by Steve Rush