Annandale Distillery in Scotland is an independent operation in Dumfries and Galloway, which has just listed an immersive two-night stay on AirBnB, with a nice twist:
For a limited period, anyone booking to stay in cottages next to the distillery site will not only get a unique experience in hospitality – they’ll also have the opportunity to shadow Annandale Distillery experts, and become distillers for a day.
This exciting opportunity is one of Annandale Distillery’s means of celebrating Scottish Whisky Month, and is also part of a new campaign to encourage people to visit the Scottish Lowlands.
Across the two-night booking options, available to members of the public for a limited time this summer, guests will have the chance to sleep in cottages next to the distillery site. They’ll have an opportunity to gain insights into Annandale’s process whilst getting ‘hands on’ experience and learning the fundamentals of whisky distilling.
Aside from participating in each stage of the process from meeting the malt delivery, to milling and mashing the barley, fermentation, firing up the stills and filling the casks, guests will also be taken for a whisky tasting and evening meal at The Globe Inn, Dumfries.
With records dating back to 1610 The Globe Inn is an historic pub once frequented by Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns. Two chefs with Michelin Star experience operate the Inn. Each guest will check out from their stay with a bottle of Annandale’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a newfound knowledge about the work and dedication that goes into making it.
Often the Highlands are the primary focus of visitors when it comes to Scottish whisky. However, true aficionados know that Southern Scotland offers up a wealth of opportunities to experience a good drink.
First established in 1836 and ‘reborn’ in 2014 Annandale Distillery was lovingly restored by new owners David Thomson and Teresa Church and now produces some of Scotland’s finest Single Malt Whisky and Blends.
Speaking about the opportunity to stay and look behind the scenes David Thomson & Teresa Church, owners of Annandale Distillery, said:
“One of the principal reasons why we decided to restore Annandale Distillery was our burning desire to re-introduce Scotch Whisky production to Southern Scotland, based on the conviction that this region of Scotland has everything required, but most especially the climate and the abundance of water, to produce first class Single Malts. This stay on Airbnb gives us the chance to involve guests behind the scenes and show them that the Scotch Whisky produced at Annandale is more than a product, it’s a labour of love! Enticing visitors to our part of Scotland is not only good for us but also for other local businesses.”
To view the distillery listing on Airbnb, visit airbnb.com/annandaledistillery.
Annandale Distillery is located in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway. The stay will be available to book for £480 for two people.