Plans unveiled for £15 million Wolfcraig whisky distillery and visitor attraction in Stirling



A £15m plan for a Scotch Whisky distillery near Stirling has been unveiled.

The planned Wolfcraig distillery development would include a new whisky experience, an interactive, education-focused family visitor attraction, private tasting room and 180-cover bistro restaurant and bar.

The project is the brainchild of former Whyte & Mackay chairman and chief executive Michael Lunn and co-directors John Moore and Jamie Lunn.

Working alongside the management team will be industry specialists Dr Alan Rutherford OBE, former production director at Diageo who was awarded an OBE for his services to the Scotch whisky industry, former Bacardi UK operations director Iain Lochhead, and renowned master distiller Ian Macmillan.

Construction is expected to get underway in spring 2021, subject to planning approval, with the distillery set to open its doors in summer 2022.

It is anticipated that the distillery will employ around 50 full-time staff.

Designed by Opfer Logan Architects, the building will aim to maximise its location, showcasing a stunning vista across to the iconic Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle.

It will also harness the latest technologies to ensure that sustainability is at its core.

The distillery will have the capacity to produce up to 1.5 million litres of spirit per year and will focus on producing premium Wolfcraig Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky in addition to a range of other associated spirits.

The development aims to further establish Stirling as a major food and drink tourist destination and will complement existing local attractions like Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre and Blair Drummond Safari Park.

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Wolfcraig Distillery also plans to operate a shuttle service between the distillery, the train station and Stirling Castle to work closely with these hubs.

Initial private investment has been secured with further investment opportunities being made available to the public via a variety of founder membership packages, allowing for Scotch Whisky enthusiasts to become a part of the Wolfpack from the outset.

Michael Lunn said: “Our distillery will encourage visitors and tourists to spend more time in and around Stirling, helping to boost both the local and national economies.

“In addition to producing a premium Highland Single Malt, we want to offer a state-of-the-art immersive experience for people of all ages and knowledge levels.

“Our research indicates the distillery could attract around 90,000 visitors in its first year given its proximity to Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

The distillery’s interactive visitor centre will showcase tales of Scotland’s national drink, as well as bringing Stirling’s colourful past to life.

In addition to tours, plans are also being made to offer a range of different experiences and masterclasses.

Michael Lunn added: “There has been excellent support for the project so far, from local community groups to the public sector and we are looking forward to taking the next step in Wolfcraig’s exciting journey.”



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