Situated high on a hill above Dingwall, in the Highlands, Scotland’s newest craft distillery, Glen Wyvis, is entirely powered by renewable energy.
The Glen Wyvis Distillery project was initiated in 2015 by local entrepreneur, John McKenzie, who with the support of other key people in the wider community gained funding for feasibility studies to find the most suitable site for a community-owned distillery in the Dingwall area. These studies resulted in a site being secured on a 175 year lease, with planning permission given for a craft distillery – and all environmental and distilling licenses in place.
In April 2016, the Glen Wyvis founders launched the biggest-ever community crowd-funding campaign in UK history. Like-minded people from Dingwall and beyond came together to invest in the project – all keen to be part of something truly historic and as a Community Benefit Society, the aim of the founders is to take a lead role in the rejuvenation of Dingwall and the wider Highland community.
A total of £2.6 million was raised in just 77 days from more than 2,200 members, with over 60% of them from the local IV postcode area – and the remainder coming from a total of 31 countries worldwide.