Scottish distilleries ‘good to go’ next month

IAN Macleod-owned distilleries Glengoyne near Killearn and Edinburgh Gin will welcome back visitors on Saturday, August 1 after securing VisitScotland’s ‘Good to Go’ certification.

Whisky experiences at Glengoyne will also restart with groups of up to 20 people from ten households as well as malt master experiences for up to four people from a maximum two households; drinks and samples will be served in sealed containers and served by staff in PPE. Distillery experiences at Edinburgh Gin will also recommence for up to eight people from four households. Tastings will also be held in a large space at the distillery bar and all drinks served from closed vessels and poured by visitors.

The distilleries have released videos on the Glengoyne and Edinburgh Gin Youtube pages detailing revised safety measures in each of the premises such as the use of face masks for visitors, visors for staff members and hand sanitiser stations.

Robbie Hughes, group distillation manager at Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We’re excited to be opening Glengoyne’s doors once again, and to be welcoming visitors back to our distillery.

“Much like our approach to making our whisky, a lot of time and care has gone into providing the safest possible experience for our guests, while ensuring they can comfortably enjoy the Glengoyne distillery in all its glory.

“We look forward to seeing you all from August 1. Sláinte.”

Neil Boyd, UK managing director of Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming visitors back to the Edinburgh Gin distillery. It goes without saying that it has been an incredibly difficult time for many and, while we continued distilling during lockdown, it just hasn’t been the same without our wonderful guests.

“Our team have been working hard to ensure we have measures in place to keep people safe, while allowing them to enjoy their experience.

“We’ll continue to work closely with the Scottish Government and public health bodies to review our measures and will communicate any further changes with our drinkers.”

Tickets for all experiences must be booked in advance.