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Rosebank Distillery celebrates top award from VisitScotland just one week after opening


The newly opened Rosebank Distillery is celebrating after being awarded five stars by VisitScotland.

Tourism officials evaluated the visitor experience, customer service and facilities, awarding it the highest possible rating.

The national tourism organisation commended the team at Rosebank for their “consistently high standard of hospitality and service” and that “each team member was actively enhancing the visitor experience.”

It also commented on the tour, highlighting that its “high-quality production value and innovative presentation” is excellent.

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It also highlighted Rosebank’s effort to make the distillery as accessible as possible, and noted that every element of the visitor experience had been considered with this in mind, which is “highly unusual in this sector.”

On the distillery building, it noted that “the chimney is a great landmark… and all elements have been planned with care.” 

The Quality Assurance award comes just one week after the distillery opened its doors, welcoming hundreds of visitors from all over the world.

A highly-anticipated opening, tours were fully booked during the opening week, with visitors having secured their places months in advance.

Rosebank June 2024

After more than three decades of closure, the once derelict Rosebank Distillery opened its doors earlier this summer after being beautifully rebuilt by Ian Macleod Distillers, following a four-year restoration project. 

A world-class visitor experience, the distillery is expected to stimulate tourism and generate employment, providing a boost to the local economy.

Leonard Russell, Managing Director of Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “The last four years have been such a journey, and to see Rosebank Distillery standing tall and welcoming people through its doors for the first time in its history is incredible.

The whole restoration process was so meticulous, with a huge amount of attention to detail going into each and every element, and to see visitors experiencing it for themselves is very special.

“To be recognised as a five-star attraction so soon after our opening is fantastic and testament to the hard work the whole team have put into the distillery’s revival.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what everyone has achieved and the legacy we’ve all created.”

Distillery tour

Lynsey Eckford, Regional Director for Forth Valley, VisitScotland said: “It’s been a real pleasure to see the return of Rosebank Distillery in the heart of Falkirk.

“The venue offers a fantastic modern visitor experience while retaining the built heritage and family ethos behind the original Lowland whisky.

“We know our history and culture are key reasons visitors choose Scotland, and visiting distilleries is a popular activity for international holidaymakers.

The significant investment made by Ian Macleod Distillers to bring the iconic Rosebank Distillery back to life provides the region with yet another high-quality visitor experience, supporting our national ambition of making Scotland a world-class destination.”

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