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Awarded five stars by Visit Scotland

We are thrilled to announce that just over a year after we opened to the public, Lindores Abbey Distillery has been awarded a five-star accreditation by the national tourism organisation, VisitScotland. Visit Scotland’s 5-star Quality Assurance award recognises businesses which achieve exceptional levels of excellence. The QA scheme is a benchmark for quality across the tourism industry and operates across accommodation, visitor attractions and the food sectors.

Visit Scotland

The award was presented to Drew and Helen McKenzie Smith by Visit Scotland earlier this month.

Drew McKenzie Smith said “My team and I are absolutely delighted to receive the VisitScotland 5 Star Quality Assurance award for the distillery. Our aim is to provide a first-class experience to all whisky pilgrims and visitors to the distillery and to receive the top award is recognition of the hard work that we have all put into the business. We have worked closely with the VisitScotland team and have received invaluable support, assistance and expert guidance throughout our journey.”

About Lindores Abbey Distillery

Lindores Abbey was founded in 1191 by David Earl of Huntingdon, on land overlooking the River Tay, given to him by his brother King William I. It was visited by Kings and Queens, warriors and statesmen. William Wallace took refuge with 300 of his men after their victory over the English.

Lindores Abbey Distillery


The Distillery

Built directly on the site of the Lindores dairy farm steading Drew McKenzie Smith’s great grandfather bought in 1913, the Lindores Abbey Distillery and Visitor Centre has been crafted from original Abbey stone and opened in 2017. It features an illustrated history of the Tironensian monks who founded the Abbey. The records, artefacts and scriptures of their time at Lindores are displayed within the stunning new Cloister at the venue, which also serves as a unique event and private dining space which can seat 60 guests at its stately 52-foot oak table.


Distilling started at the Distillery in 2017 after a break of 523 years. Distilling was taking place on this site at least as early as 1494, although it was most probably happening long before that. We know this because of the earliest written reference to Scotch Whisky (or Aqua Vitae, as it was then known), which appears in the Exchequer Roll of the same year. It mentioned a Brother John Cor, a Lindores monk, who was commissioned by King James IV to turn 8 bolls of malt into Aqua Vitae.


Distillery Tours

You can take a Distillery Tour of the whole site, including a taste of our first release, Aqua Vitae. Learn about the processes & history of whisky making at the Spiritual Home of Scotch Whisky, after a break of 523 years, on one of our Distillery or Apothecary Tours.

Distillery Tours


Whisky Memberships

Memberships of the Lindores Abbey Distillery Preservation Society start at £60 and include a bottle of our first bottling, Aqua Vitae.

Aqua Vitae

Cask Ownership

Lindores Abbey has single malt casks for limited private ownership each year.

Cask Ownership

For updates on life at Lindores Abbey Distillery, visit ourFacebook, Instagramand Twitter pages.

Media Enquiries

For further media information and images, please contact Poppy McKenzie Smith.


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