Midhope Castle whisky distillery plans submitted

Plans have been submitted for a new whisky distillery on the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry.

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 6:56 am
An artist’s impression of the planned whisky distillery at Midhope Castle near South Queensferry.
An artist’s impression of the planned whisky distillery at Midhope Castle near South Queensferry.

A planning application has been submitted to West Lothian Council for the development, which will sit adjacent to the 16th century Midhope Castle. It is intended that the distillery will also include a long-term plan to restore the castle, which is currently an empty shell, and bring it and its grounds back into use.

The distillery would use only barley grown on the Hopetoun Estate, which already has a long tradition of growing and supplying malting barley to the Scottish whisky trade.

The company also intends to focus on environmental sustainability, with the aim of reducing its production carbon footprint to a minimum.

A planning application has been submitted to West Lothian Council for the development at Midhope, 12 miles west of Edinburgh.

The project is being delivered by Currie & Brown, using Edinburgh-based 56three Architects.

A spokesperson for the Midhope Castle Distillery Company said: “We will set out to design and build a distillery that makes great whisky while addressing sustainability through every element of its architecture, its construction and its operation.

“With an innovative approach across the board we would aim to reduce our production carbon footprint to the absolute minimum, if not to zero.

“We believe that this approach goes hand in hand with producing a distinctive and characterful single malt Scotch Whisky capable of reflecting the qualities and traditions of one of Scotland’s great historic estates.”

If approved, the Midhope Castle Distillery will become one of a small number of single malt distilleries in the Lothians, including Glenkinchie in Tranent, and Chain Pier and Holyrood in Edinburgh.