Green light for city distillery

Couple behind Stirling Gin to create production facility

The Old Smiddy will be converted into Stirling Gin’s first self-owned production premises

A FORMER Victorian blacksmiths near Stirling Castle is set to be transformed into what’s said to be the city’s first ever gin distillery and visitor centre after planning permission was granted to the firm behind Stirling Gin.

The Old Smiddy site in the Lower Castlehill area of the city will give Cameron and June McCann their first self-owned production premises.

The couple created Stirling Gin at their Bridge of Allan home and launched the spirit in October 2015; they currently work with Glasgow Distillery Co to produce Stirling Gin.

We can look forward to 2018 and creating something really special in our home city.

Cameron said they plan to spend around £150,000 developing the site.

“To get the final green light from Stirling Council planning department that we can proceed with our plans for the Old Smiddy is just the best news possible to start the new year with, no doubt about it,” he said.

“We will be making a six-figure investment in the Old Smiddy and are delighted to play a part in the regeneration of such an historic part of the city and also to be putting down significant roots in our home city and growing Stirling Gin where it belongs, in Stirling.

“Obviously the Castlehill area is such an historic part of Stirling and I guess it’s maybe appropriate that we are going to be opening up the first ever distillery in the city up there.

“Everyone at Stirling Gin is committed to making sure we become an integral part of the business community and hopefully a force for good in all the other aspects of the community we want to get involved in and support.”