Sipping whisky in the rural Scottish countryside sounds like a tourist’s dream, but for the Scots, the activity is not such a common practice. That might be about to change. A new distillery and brewery project in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is well underway, courtesy of Glen Luss Distillery. Located in the village of Luss, the distillery will serve single malt Scotch whisky along with a range of gin, vodka, rum, and craft beer.
The distillery won’t open until May 2021, but anticipation is already building. A crowdfunding campaign called the “founders club” is responsible for much of the project’s funding, with donors receiving perks like free bottles, merchandise, and even parties.
Once open, the distillery will have guided tours, as well as an interactive discovery center with a movie theater, virtual reality experience, and a history and heritage walkthrough. The site is committed to sustainability, hiring locally, and being mindful of local wildlife. It has promised to be as energy efficient as possible, reduce unnecessary waste, promote the area’s biodiversity, use electric vehicles, and preserve animal habitats.
Patrick Colquhoun, Glen Luss co-founder and sales director, told Whisky Advocate, “We believe Luss has all the right elements to create a micro-distillery visitor experience. I could think of no better location to start this new venture that seeks to provide a new sustainable year-round tourist experience for visitors to Luss, creates local jobs, and, crucially, will support community benefit projects.”