Glendronach distillery is a Scottish whisky distillery located near Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
The distillery was founded in 1826 by James Allardes as the second distillery to apply for a license to legally produce whisky under the Excise Act of 1823, which passed three years earlier and which allowed for the distilling of Whisky in Scotland.
The distillery draws its water from the Dronac burn within the distillery grounds. It has its own floor maltings and two wash stills in addition to two-spirit stills. Scarinish, in 2020, designed a new luxury visitor experience, within the category B listed buildings.
We decided to change the flow of visitors through the Distillery and introduced a new dedicated Bar and Tasting Rm to the environment.
A new separate lounge space allows guests to sit and enjoy a dram, something they were not previously able to do.
We were blessed with a historic space to begin with - Beautiful stone walls and flagstone floors were sympathetically treated and re-pointed, creating a textural backdrop to softer tones, deep polished plaster, granite, oak, and leather.
Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, lies the GlenDronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, creating the finest richly sherried single malts for nearly 200 years.
Scarinish was proud to have been involved in carving a new experience and tour for the Brand. The GlenDronach is of true Highland style. A heavy and robust spirit, perfect for a long maturation period in sherry casks from Andalucía.
Our design incorporated historic references and a palette to reflect the true Highland whisky. Dark and deep colours, and a rich palette of subtle materials were developed, with warm and ambient lighting design to complement the new luxury experience.
Project type: Experiential
Client: Brown Foreman
Location: Forgue, Aberdeenshire
Services: Interior Design & Architecture
Photography: @davidcadzow, @johnpaulfoto