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Glenkinchie Distillery

The distillery closest to Edinburgh and one of only three lowland malts still in production. It is the easiest distillery to visit if you are in Edinburgh.

Glenkinchie lies, as the name might suggest, in a glen of the Kinchie Burn near the village of Pencaitland, East Lothian. It is situated about 15 miles from Edinburgh. The distillery is set in farmland. The name 'Kinchie' is a corruption of 'De Quincy', the original owners of the land. Its origins date back to around 1825 when it was founded by brothers John and George Rate. The original name was Milton Distillery. The brothers probably renamed it in about 1837. In 1969 the distillery stopped malting its own grain and the malting floors were turned into a museum of malt whisky.  

Production Status  :Operational

Established  :c1837

Source  : Lammermuir Hills

Age when bottled  :10 yrs

Strength  :43%

Visitors per annum  :18000

Nose  :Light, fragrant sweetness

Taste  :Round flavour, slightly dry with a lingering smoothness

Comments  :An excellent pre-dinner dram. Now owned by Diageo

Opening Days & Times

January to March, Monday to Friday : 12noon - 3pm 
April to July, Monday to Satuday: 10am - 4pm , Sunday: 12noon - 4pm
August, Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 5pm, Sunday: 12noon - 5pm
September to October, Monday to Saturday: 10am - 4pm, Sunday: 12noon - 4pm
November & December, Monday to Sunday: 12noon - 3pm


Pencaitland Tranent, East Lothian


EH34 5ET

Contact Phone

+44 (0)1875 342004
Friday, 27 November 2015