Rosebank gets the green light

The moment that everyone’s been waiting for has finally arrived – Falkirk Council have granted planning permission for the long-awaited restoration of Rosebank. Ian Macleod Distillers announced its decision to rescue one of the great ‘lost distilleries’ of Scotland back in October 2017. Since then there have been endless site visits and meetings with planners and architects, as well as a protracted public enquiry. Now, having been given the green light, work on the £12 million project is expected to begin without delay.

In the months to come we will share all the latest news with you as plans take shape, but here’s what we can say at this point; The Rosebank chimney, a famous Falkirk landmark, will be retained along with other historically significant buildings, while the distillery itself will be a contemporary design and run on the most energy-efficient lines possible. Annual production will be no more than a million litres of pure alcohol from the three new stills built to the exact same specifications as Rosebank’s original stills that were stolen by copper thieves in 2008.

This commitment to preserving all that made Rosebank such a special whisky really matters to Ian Macleod Distillers. Leonard Russell, Managing Director, explained: “We will strive to replicate the unique Rosebank style by once more employing the techniques of triple distillation and worm-tub condensers, for which this iconic Lowland single malt is famed.”

“Our investment goes beyond production” he added. “We’re proud to be investing in Falkirk by adding to the town’s flourishing economy and tourism scene with a new Rosebank Visitor Centre to help tell the story of this remarkable distillery.” A wide range of tours will be available, and up to 50,000 visitors a year are expected. Some tours may even offer the very last drams of Rosebank distilled prior to the distillery’s closure in 1993.

It’s a tantalising prospect, but for those who can’t wait some of the precious casks inherited by Ian Macleod Distillers, are due to be bottled and put on sale later this year. All being well, the new distillery will be open to visitors in late 2020, having created 25 full-time jobs in the process.

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2019-01-29T09:15:22+00:00January 29th, 2019|Distillery, Distillery Build, Distillery Planning, Video, Whisky|


  1. Collis Oldfield. January 29, 2019 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I look forward to a visit and dram and maybe a bottle to keep.

    Collis Oldfield.

  2. Alan Patterson January 29, 2019 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Can’t wait for the return of the icon!!

  3. Simon Aron January 29, 2019 at 11:12 am - Reply

    So excited ! Can’t wait

  4. Les langham January 29, 2019 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Can’t wait to purchase some of the whisky that you have in casks.

    • Rosebank February 1, 2019 at 9:34 am - Reply

      We’re sure you’re not the only one who’s excited for another Rosebank dram!

  5. Alex Bloy January 29, 2019 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Wishing you all the best in this new venture.

  6. Marcel Hanstede January 29, 2019 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Thats good news. I hope you have a lot of prosper and a lot of fun. For making a great whisky.lots of love from the Netherlands.

  7. Leonard Boden January 29, 2019 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Looking forward with anticipation

  8. Cliff Wright January 30, 2019 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Fantastic for the Falkirk community!
    Well done for keeping the momentum going with the planning and councils red tape turning it to green!!!

    Wondered if I may assist you guys with your printed graphics and signage

    • Rosebank February 1, 2019 at 9:33 am - Reply

      We’re looking forward to starting work Cliff! Thanks for the offer, but there’s still a long road ahead of us before we’re at that stage. Do join our newsletter to stay up to date with plans as work progresses.

  9. Stephen Carr January 30, 2019 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Delighted with the news the plans are now approved. This is a tremendous fillip to the town and provides that missing link in the canal corridor. I wish you every success.

  10. John Connolly January 30, 2019 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Fantastic news. Look forward to seeing the rebirth of a great whisky

  11. Gordon Gallacher February 1, 2019 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait for those bottles to go on sale; been following this adventure for a couple of years now. Good luck all at Rosebank!

    • Rosebank February 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gordon, glad to hear you are as excited as us!

  12. Iain Murray February 3, 2019 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I’m one of your new neighbours in the flats next to the distillery Looking forward to the finished item – not sure about the construction period but should be worth it in the end!

    • Rosebank February 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      We’ll be sure to remain respectful to our neighbours Iain. We’re excited to get started!

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