We make the spirit,
the city makes us

Established in 2019, Holyrood is Edinburgh’s first single malt distillery in almost a century, a fact of which we are immensely proud. Our founders had a vision to create a new kind of distillery, one that would reflect the dynamism and diversity of present-day Edinburgh. Marrying craft traditions with bold new approaches to flavour, we are dedicated to delivering something that is worthy of Scotland’s capital city.

A city
of contrasts

This progressive thinking continues to resonate in contemporary Edinburgh — through the world beating arts festivals and the pioneering tech start-ups that today call Auld Reekie home. And it’s this blend of old and new, heritage and innovation that has inspired us to create something special.

The first step of our journey is to pay homage to the efforts of those that went before us, and to reconnect Edinburgh with its proud but often forgotten distilling and brewing past. So, after much research, we are creating a historically inspired, yet totally new style of whisky. Local malts. Edinburgh yeast. And very special casks.


While we mature stocks of whisky that we hope themselves will become an iconic part of Edinburgh’s cultural landscape, we are busy working on some other exciting Holyrood projects. First off, we have created a new spirit that embodies Edinburgh and are offering a select number of casks for purchase.

Our celebration of Edinburgh’s rich distilling and brewing past must be shared. Inspired by the history, vibrancy and diversity of this fascinating city, Holyrood’s talented team of distillers has created a cask offering unlike anything that has gone before – all while paying respectful tribute to Edinburgh’s illustrious brewing and distilling heritage.

We’ll see you soon

Our award-winning brand home visitor centre is currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions, but we hope to be able to welcome you back very soon to enjoy our tours, shop, tastings, events and courtyard bar. We will keep you posted here, and on our social channels and mailing list, regarding our 2021 opening dates and experiences and how to book.

If you represent a group, travel trade or similar operator, and are enquiring about booking and rates for 2021-22, please get in touch.