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Plans to build a new Visitor Centre at Glencadam Distillery in Brechin approved

A whisky company in Angus has announced that its plans to build a new visitor centre at Glencadam distillery have been approved by the local council. 

Angus Dundee Distillers say the project will now begin this year and will develop existing buildings to incorporate a unique tour, whisky tasting area, tea room and shop, and are designed to celebrate the history and heritage of Glencadam, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland.

The original sandstone facade of the existing buildings, together with other integral features that date back almost 200 years, will be retained and blended together with some innovative new architecture.

The firm say there will also be newly designed offices, meeting rooms and a tasting lab for the distillery team, all located in the original floor maltings, which are no longer in operation.

Glencadam Distillery

Distillery manager Doug Fitchett with the plans. Picture: Glencadam

Distillery manager Doug Fitchett stated that he and his team are delighted by the news, he said: "This development will give our visitors from the UK and around the world the chance to really experience what makes Glencadam unique.

"There is so much history here and great stories to tell, and some excellent whiskies to try of course.”

“The development will also be a great boost for the area, and I think we’ll see a big increase in tourists and local people coming into Brechin, to tour the distillery and visit our new shop and tea room.”

The distillery was established in 1825 and has had an interesting history, having
been closed during both World Wars when it was used to barrack soldiers. It was
mothballed in 2000 and lay silent for three years before being bought by Angus Dundee Distillers in 2003.

The distillery itself has been mostly unchanged throughout the years, retaining all of its original character. It has just two stills, which produce a unique “Eastern
Highlands” style of whisky, which is very fruity and slightly spicy.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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