Glenkinchie Distillery, Johnnie Walker’s Lowland Home, Gets A Tourism Overhaul

By Hannah Kanik / December 1, 2020

Glenkinchie Distillery, which originally was founded in 1837, recently launched a new, unique milti-million pound distillery and garden visitor attraction upgrade in East Lothian, Scotland, which parent company Diageo hopes will boost tourism.

After months of renovation, the single malt distillery, working with the restrictions set by the government on COVID-19, has aimed to be open to the public again after being part of a major, £185 million project to invest in Scotch whisky experiences by Diageo.

Glenkinchie Distillery

Glenkinchie Distillery is open again, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. (image via Diageo)

Glenkinchie, in its role as the Lowland Home of Johnnie Walker, plays a part in the so-called “Four Corner Distilleries” around Scotland. The others include Caol Ila, Clynelish and Cardhu. These in turn form an incredible network of visitor experiences linked to the Johnnie Walker Princes Street attraction in Edinburgh that’s set to open next summer.

“The opening of the wonderful new visitor experience and garden at Glenkinchie is the first step in our long-term £185million investment in whisky tourism in Scotland,” said Barbara Smith, Managing Director of Brand Homes for Diageo in Scotland, in a prepared statement. “We are acutely aware of the difficult times many people are going through, particularly our colleagues in the tourism and hospitality sector across Scotland.

“We know there’s a long way to go and a lot of uncertainty ahead. Still, we believe in the resilience of our business and our communities, and we will be doing all we can through our investment to sow the seeds of recovery and future growth.”

The Glenchie Distillery attraction is centered around a garden and surrounded by the distillery’s traditional Victorian red brick warehouses.

“Glenkinchie will give people a thrilling first taste of the new visitor experiences we are creating across Scotland,” added Ramsay Borthwick, Glenkinchie Distillery Manager.  “We will be offering people an experience like no other distillery in Scotland at Glenkinchie and that will be followed as we transform Clynelish, Cardhu and Caol Ila over the coming months, and as we build towards the opening of our global Johnnie Walker Princes Street attraction in Edinburgh next summer.”

The distillery will be open under COVID-19 guidance and best practices, and tours can be booked at


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