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Ground Is Broken on Glencadam Distillery’s New Visitor Centre

An artist’s rendering of the new Glencadam Distillery visitor center. Credit: Glencadam

Highland scotch whisky distillery, Glencadam, has announced that ground has been broken on a new, state-of-the-art visitor center and VIP suite. 

Glencadam Distillery was founded in 1825 by George Cooper. For much of its history, the distillery has contributed to blends, particularly Stewart’s Cream of the Barley. Following the purchase by Angus Dundee in 2000, the distillery began to produce single malt bottlings including a 10 year old and a 15 year old in 2008. This was followed by a 30 year old release in 2012. 

To further Glencadam’s standing as a single malt, and offer exclusive experiences to guests, Glencadam is planning to fill its new visitor center with a retail space, tasting rooms, a cafe, a whisky lounge, and a function suite for private use. 

The architectural features of the distillery, which will celebrate its bicentenary in 2025, will also be used in the construction of the new center. For example, the famous pagoda roofs (or Doig Ventilators’ will be reimagined as skylights, ensuring that these landmarks are not lost in the redesign. 

The new visitor centre will feature of stone facade that wraps around the building. Credit: Glencadam

Gary Milligan, Project Manager of the new visitor center at Glencadam Distillery said: “Much work has gone into developing plans to craft an immersive visitor experience suited to both our historic distillery and the vibrant community which surrounds it. Blending tradition with modernity, a stone facade will wrap around the two-floor visitor centre, complementing the existing distillery buildings while adding a contemporary feel, with enhanced amenities to elevate the overall visitor experience”. 

This is not the first time that Glencadam Distillery has fused tradition and modernity. In 2021, a replica of the distillery’s original waterwheel was installed and works just as it would have done back in 1825. In addition, the whisky-making process at Glencadam remains steadfastly traditional, with the whisky being hand-crafted. 

The new visitor center at Glencadam Distillery is expected to open in summer 2025, coinciding with the distillery’s 200th anniversary. 


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