10 Scottish whisky distilleries that will start production in 2018

More and more operating distilleries join the whisky scene

The whisky scene is in motion – wherever you look you read about plans for new distilleries, about openings and start of production. Especially in Ireland and Scotland we will see many new whisky labels being launched.

There’s an overview of Scottish whisky distilleries which are supposed to open in 2018 listed in an actual article on scotchwhisky.com . The distilleries that are mentioned there are: 

  • Ardnahoe Distillery
    The company Hunter Laing that could win Jim McEwan as driving force for its distillery project on Islay wants to celebrate the opening of Ardnahoe Distillery during the Feis Ile Festival end of May 2018..
  • Ardross Distillery
    Only in November 2017 works started for the new farm distillery 30 miles north of Inverness but already end of 2018 the production of gin and whisky is planned to start.
  • Borders Distillery
    In Hawick production might already start this January. 1.8 mio liter of alcohol will run out of the stills annually and here also gin will be produced as well as whisky.
  • Burnbrae Distillery
    Without any publicity works took place in East Kilbride. J&G Distillers, amongst others owner of Hart Brothers, will probably start production of malt whisky during the next months. But as far it is known today the distillery won’t be open to visitors.
  • Crabbie’s Distillery
    Also in Edinburgh a new whisky scene is growing. The first distillery to bring back whisky production to the Scottish capital is supposed to be Crabbie’s Distillery in Granton Harbour. This little distillery is a project of the Liverpool company Halewood Wines & Spirits; it’s more a prestige object, estimates Scotchwhisky.com, to establish the famous name Crabbie in Edinburgh again.
  • Crafty Distillery
    Since April 2017 Graham Taylor experiments in the Lowlands using imported and self-produced grain spirit. In 2018 he wants to realize his plans for an own malt whisky distillery. This will be real “craft” and small and experimental.
  • Douglas Laing‘s distillery in Glasgow
    The name of this distillery isn’t known yet. It is built next to the Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow that started production in 2017 (we reported here about the first filling of casks at Clydeside Distillery
  • Holyrood Park Distillery
    Holyrood Distillery that will open end of the year in the heart of Edinburgh will also be one of the small distilleries. Focus will be on tours and an attractive and informative visitor center.
  • Reivers Distillery
    During the planning phase the project was known as Jedhart Distillery. Mossburn Distillers who opened the Torabhaig Distillery on the Isle of Skye last year will start the small experimental Reivers Distillery at the banks of the River Jedwater an distill malt and grain whisky. Another distillery project of Mossburn Distillers, bigger than this one, will probably be ready in 2020.
  • Toulvaddie Distillery
    Next to Tain the micro distillery of Heather Nelson is nearly ready to be opened. Since 200 years this will be the first whisky distillery opened by a woman. We already had this distillery on our list of distilleries to open in 2017.

And these 10 distilleries won’t be the last ones that we’ll present to you as joining the range of Scottish operating whisky distilleries for sure...