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September 19 2019

Urban distillery blends tradition & modernity in Edinburgh

7N Architects have unveiled Edinburgh’s first new whisky distillery in close to a century with the completion of the Holyrood Distillery in the heart of the city’s Old Town.

Fashioned from a B-listed former Victorian railway station the distillery blends the best of the old and the new to invoke a timeless quality to the distillation of the city’s newest whisky.

This has seen the walls of a gatehouse partially retained to enclose a double-storey retail and tasting area from which picture windows frame views of Holyrood Park and the Salisbury Crags.

In a project statement the architects wrote: “Unlike traditional distilleries, Holyrood is designed to immerse visitors in the drama of each aspect of the distilling process, as they journey through the original historic stone building into the contemporary new structure, culminating in the framed view of Salisbury Crags from the tasting room."

Internally the distillery boasts seven-metre tall copper stills, the tallest in Scotland in proportion to their volume.

An elevated tasting room affords open views to the Salisbury Crags
An elevated tasting room affords open views to the Salisbury Crags
Photography by Zac & Zac
Photography by Zac & Zac

Strategic windows make the most of views
Strategic windows make the most of views
The distillery includes the tallest stills in Scotland
The distillery includes the tallest stills in Scotland

4 Comments

john barleycorn
#1 Posted by john barleycorn on 19 Sep 2019 at 18:07 PM
That's a groovy wee gatehouse.
David
#2 Posted by David on 20 Sep 2019 at 08:54 AM
That's lovely...the picture window view to Arthurs Seat is exceptional
wattie Mc
#3 Posted by wattie Mc on 20 Sep 2019 at 11:24 AM
Of the inner city setting, the spectacular views and the B-listed railway building there is no doubt. However, for an architecture blog to blithely repeat the bullish PR puff claiming that the new distillery is "..in the heart of the city's Old Town" is both careless and ignorant. I wish the distillery well, it's brilliant to see something other than ubiquitous student flats bring variety to the inner city. But claiming it's in the Old Town is just wrong. Estate agents drivel; and don't come the vacuous post-truth argument..its a lie.
alibi
#4 Posted by alibi on 22 Sep 2019 at 14:31 PM
Tidy.

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