Glenkinchie Distillery opens new visitor center

Johnnie Walker's new Lowland home


With the opening of the new Glenkinchie Distillery Visitor Center, Diageo marks an important milestone in its £185 million Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky Experience project. In addition to the construction of the Johnnie Walker Center in Edinburgh, it includes the renovation and expansion of the visitor centers of Clynelish, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Glenkinchie as the “Four Corners of Scotland”, four key brands of the Johnnie Walker Blended Whisky. Glenkinchie has now reopened the visitor center as the first of the four distilleries.

Visitors welcome from October 29, 2020

Barbara Smith, Managing Director of Brand Homes for Diageo in Scotland, declared the visitor center opened by planting a tree in the distillery's garden. From October 29, 2020, the public will be welcomed again, of course with all the necessary hygienic safety precautions in view of the Covid-19 situation.

“The opening of the wonderful new visitor experience and garden at Glenkinchie is the first step in our long-term £185million investment in whisky tourism in Scotland. We are acutely aware of the difficult times many people are going through, particularly our colleagues in the tourism and hospitality sector across Scotland. We know there’s a long way to go and a lot of uncertainty ahead. Still, we believe in the resilience of our business and our communities, and we will be doing all we can through our investment to sow the seeds of recovery and future growth,” Barbara Smith said.

Surrounded by gardens

The Glenchinchie distillery has also before been surrounded by gardens; these have now been expanded to underline the character of Glenkinchie as a light, floral whisky. The representative visitor center is located in the historic red brick buildings of the distillery, which were once large warehouses. In addition to the visitor experience area with exhibitions on the history and the production of whisky, there are also tasting rooms and an impressive bar. Various offers for distillery tours await visitors, from the “Glenkinchie Flavour Journey” to the “Whisky in the Wild tour”, the “Warehouse and Cask Tour” and the “Flowers and Cocktails Class” to the“ Behind the Scenes Tour and Tasting”.

Information about the tours and the distillery and booking options can be found here on the distillery website.

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