News: Launch of The Clydeside Distillery

clydeside Distillery glasgow visitor centre

Whisky distilling returns to Glasgow

Mr Foodie took a trip along to see The Clydeside Distillery, the brand new Scotch Whisky Distillery, which has opened in the converted Pumphouse for the Queen’s Dock.

clydeside Distillery glasgow visitor centre

Located between the Riverside Museum and SSE Hydro, The Clydeside Distillery will produce a Lowland single malt using two copper stills crafted by Forsyths of Moray.

clydeside Distillery glasgow visitor centre

The site includes a visitor centre with interactive whisky experience, a well-stocked shop and a café, which anyone can visit –  e.g. you can drop in for just a cuppa and a sandwich without the need to take a tour. Likewise, you can pop in just to buy a bottle of whisky as well.

clydeside Distillery glasgow visitor centre

However, through the tour you can discover the history of Glasgow and whisky in The Clydeside Distillery Dockside Story, then watch the distillers at work.  As they have only recently started making the whisky it will, of course, take a few years before the Clydeside Distillery have matured it and made it available for public consumption, so until then at the end of the tour you can taste a selection of single malt whiskies from across Scotland. The overall experience is different from other distilleries in that there’s an emphasis on the history of whisky-making in the Clyde / Glasgow area (which we knew very little about) so this is certainly something you won’t learn about on other whisky tours and a good excuse to visit!

clydeside Distillery glasgow visitor centre

A tour lasts around 80 minutes and costs £15 per adult (£13 for concessions). Children aged 8 – 17 are also allowed on the tour and they can take part for £5 each (minus the whisky tasting at the end!). Family tickets are available for £33. you can also arrange group tours or longer bespoke tours if you get in touch with the Clydeside Distillery.


The Clydeside Distillery, 100 Stobcross Road, Glasgow, G3 8QQ – between the Scottish Event Campus and Riverside Museum (across the pedestrian bridge from near SWG3).

Getting there

There’s car parking on site and from March 2018 the red hop on/hop off bus will stop there.
For public transport, you can take the 100 bus to the Riverside museum or train to Exhibition Centre.

Website / book tickets

Opening Hours

Open daily except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and 2nd January.

September to June

First tour: 10:00am
Last tour: 4:00pm

July and August

First tour: 10:00am
Last tour: 4:30pm

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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