Holyrood Distillery

Edinburgh’s first new whisky distillery in almost 100 years is a modern home for an ancient blend of place, process and inimitable product.

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Combining the old and the new, the project breathes renewed life into The Engine Shed, a Category B listed 19th century railway building at the foot of the iconic Salisbury Crags, and delivers an urban distillery in the heart of Scotland’s capital which perfectly captures the essence of its setting. 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. The new structure is clad in charred timber, mirroring the seasoning of the barrels which helps define the individual character in every glass.

Typology:
Distillery / Adaptive Re-use
Client:
Newmake Ltd
Location:
Edinburgh
Status:
Design
Years Active:
2015 - Present
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The Engine Shed is a significant remnant of Edinburgh's industrial heritage, it was part of St Leonard's Station, the terminus of the Innocent Railway - Edinburgh's first passenger rail line.
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The walls of the existing gate house are partially retained and enclose a new two storey retail and tasting area, from which visitors will be able to enjoy the unique view of Holyrood Park and the Salisbury Crags.
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