By Gabbi Armstrong
Communications Project Manager for the North Coast 500
Published: 1st May 2018

The world’s first community owned distillery!

 Patience is a key ingredient in whisky making

A lot of time passed before the human race even discovered alcohol and a lot of time has passed since. Michael from GlenWyvis Distillery has created a timeline that begins at 10,000 BC and follows a journey of discovery, development and refinement of whisky through the eyes of the Highlands newest Single Malt Distillery.

On the 25th of January 2018 GlenWyvis distillery begun production, it is just a three year wait with a little patience until the first bottles of GlenWyvis Single Malt get filled and enjoyed.


25.01.2018  GlenWyvis Distillery, Dingwall Opened on Robert Burns Day and became the World’s first community owned and crowd funded Distillery. Unlike Ben Wyvis 1879 in only 4 men a couple of months to excavate the hillside. GlenWyvis is a community owned and crowd funded distillery.”

The first of its kind in the world and by investing just £250, you will become part-owner of a whisky and gin distillery that will not only support the regeneration of Dingwall, but will also reinvest future profits into community projects (it’s also really easy to gift an investment to family or friends).

GlenWyvis already had some 2,600 members who invested £2.6 million in the original share offer in 2016. The second open share offer was launched to capitalise on continued investment demand from locals and visitors alike. We launched our second Open Share Offer on 3rd of August 2017. By January 30th 2018, some 900 new members had joined us investing over £460,000 towards our target of £750,000!

Built on the history of three lost distilleries and the distillery is powered by four forms of renewable energy. Firstly it has n 11kW Gaia wind turbine produces green electricity in light & strong winds due to its large blades. All electricity from wind, hydro & solar is fed into the farm power station where it is mixed & metered before going to the distillery where it is needed.

The draff, by product from the mash tun, is used to feed the cattle on the farm.The GlenWyvis company car is an EREV (extended range electric vehicle) that is charged on site and does 50 miles on electric energy. It rarely needs to use the small engine which provides power to the generator and create more energy for the electric motors driving the wheels.

For info on visits and group tours call us on 01349 862005 or email: check out our website: We’re on the NC500 and we’ve stories to tell!

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