Bladnoch Distillery’s new £5M Visitors Centre has been unveiled. The Dumfries and Galloway distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland and is owned by Australian businessman, David Prior, who enlisted the help of Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan, and installed all new equipment including two pairs of copper stills from Forsyths of Rothes and six new wooden washbacks. It also features a historical gallery, gift shop and café.
Said David, “Over the past 4 years my team and I have restored and upgraded the distilling operation of Bladnoch and launched our Bladnoch Single Malts into 30 countries.
The opening of the Visitor Centre represents the final piece of this exciting and rewarding project. We are delighted to welcome guests from all over the world and deliver Bladnoch back to the local community, as an ongoing source of pride and employment.”
Bladnoch Distillery was founded in 1817 by the McClelland brothers who were some of the first in Scotland to acquire a license to make Scotch Whisky. David Prior purchased the distillery n 2015.
Earlier this year, Bladnoch Distillery announced that former Master Distiller of The Macallan, Dr Nick Savage, would join the team as their newly appointed Master Distiller. Nick Savage played an integral part in launching The Macallan Visitor Experience in 2018 and will now lead the team producing whisky in the heart of the Lowlands.