community-owned distillery (Scotland)
In the Highlands town of Dingwall, a community-owned distillery hopes its malt whisky could change the fortunes of a whole town. It is the first 100% community-owned Scottish malt whisky distillery.
GlenWyvis Distillery Limited has been established as a Community Benefit Society for the specific purpose of owning and operating a community-owned whisky distillery and associated visitor centre to benefit the community of Dingwall. The distillery will produce high quality, craft Scottish whisky and craft gin, and together with a proposed visitor centre, will aim to benefit the local community by developing Dingwall into the pre-eminent Craft Distillery Town of Scotland, and a quality destination on the North Coast 500 tourist route.
The GlenWyvis Distillery project was initiated by John McKenzie in 2015 with the support of other key people in the wider community who gained funding for feasibility studies to find the most suitable site for a community-owned distillery in the Dingwall area. These studies resulted in a site being secured on a 175 year lease, with planning permission given for a craft distillery – and all environmental and distilling licenses in place.
GlenWyvis Distillery is a business partner of the North Coast 500, the world-renowned scenic touring route
celebrating the best of the Scottish Highlands. GlenWyvis and the NC500 share a vision of innovative,
community-led development. In April 2017, an interim visitor reception centre, known as GlenWyvis Basecamp, was opened in Dingwall High Street. GlenWyvis Basecamp aims to encourage more visitors from the NC500 to visit Dingwall where they can learn more about the GlenWyvis story – and how to get involved.