Lindores Abbey Distillery

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Preservation Society

Our Mission


The Preservation Society wants to see Lindores Abbey flourish again as a site for research, learning, brewing, distilling, horticulture, and even  beekeeping.  By reviving so many of the ancient crafts and traditions that were practised here centuries ago, we hope to see the site returned to its former glory.

In 2017, spirit started flowing once again from copper stills at Lindores Abbey. We try to learn as much as we can from the great Scottish distillers around us, both past and present. We are looking forward to bringing a very modern whisky-making approach to this ancient site.

Our Plans

We have built a Single Malt distillery in the grounds of the former Abbey, and will reinstate the heritage orchards and extensive gardens which were first introduced here by the Tironensian monks following their arrival in the 12th Century.

You can help us to further continue this work by becoming a member of Lindores Abbey Distillery. A part of every membership is donated to the Preservation Society to help us preserve and continue the traditions that were established here over 500 years ago.



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New Traditions for a New Era

As well as restoring so many ancient practices, we are also hoping to start some traditions of our own.

After an absence of over 500 years, in 2018 we introduced Bee’s back to Lindores Abbey with 6 hives being set up by the Holy Burn. We will use the honey in varied ways, one possibly being in our Aqua Vitae.

Tim, our Apothecary, is always experimenting with many of the wild flowers and herbs that grow around the Abbey and we hope to produce drinks and cordials from these in the years to come.

The Bear Burning

On the hill overlooking our stillhouse, you will see a bear holding a ragged staff, burnt into the ground.

It is a depiction of the stone statue that was taken from the Abbot’s lodgings at the Abbey at the time of the Reformation.  This statue can now be found above the door of the Bear Tavern in Newburgh.

Each year we burn this outline into the ground to remind ourselves of the importance of our past and to toast the coming year’s distillate.

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Bear Burning Ceremony at Lindores Abbey Distillery

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