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Lindores Abbey Distillery is delighted to announce that it has been nominated in the Rural Enterprise and Innovation category  for the 2019 Scottish Rural Awards!




The Scottish Rural Awards are the ultimate benchmark of excellence in Scotland’s countryside – a celebration of the enterprise, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live in rural Scotland.

Now in their fourth year, the Scottish Rural Awards are partnered by Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, in association with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).


The Rural Enterprise and Innovation category is designed to recognise enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout rural Scotland, wherever it may lay.

Nominees must have found success in developing an existing business or practice, successfully reinventing, reinterpreting or adapting an existing business or practice, or applying unique, innovative methods to an existing business or practice.

What the judges are looking for:

The judges will look for ways in which the nominee stands out from the crowd and will ask the following questions:

Has the enterprise utilised innovative practices to save something that may otherwise have been lost, or saved something from disappearing from the rural map?

Is the business proactive in its operations?

How has the nominee used new technology to further their business?

Would winning this award reward a truly special enterprise and tell a positive story about rural life?

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

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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.
  • 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.
  • You can take a Distillery Tour of the whole site, including a taste of our Aqua Vitae and a couple of drams, as you learn all about the history of this site and the processes involved in distilling the water of life..
  • The Lindores Abbey ruins, ​where William Wallace rested after the Battle of Black Earnside in 1298, and the burial site of the first Duke of Rothesay, is a place of exceptional tranquility and beauty, and is open to the public by appointment.
  • Memberships ​of the Lindores Abbey Distillery Preservation Society start at £60 and include a bottle of our first bottling, Aqua Vitae.
  • Lindores Abbey has single malt casks for limited private ownership each year.
  • For updates ​on life at Lindores Abbey Distillery, visit ourFacebook, Instagramand Twitter pages.

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