Latest News - Whisky industry - Glengoyne Single Highland Malt Whisky April 17th, 2009
High visitors numbers give Glengoyne a cracking good Easter
Dumgoyne, 16 April 2009; Scotland’s most beautiful distillery, Glengoyne, has experienced a massive upsurge in tourists this Easter week, reporting the best visitor figures over the spring holiday in the distillery’s 175 year history.
Eager to learn about Glengoyne’s ‘Real Taste of Malt’, several hundred holidaymakers, the majority from England and northern Europe, visited the distillery during the Easter break – more than the last two years’ Easter weeks combined.
Stuart Hendry, Glengoyne’s Brand and Development Manager commented: “Over the last few months we’ve enjoyed an steady increase in visitors to Glengoyne, but the number of folk that came during the Easter week really took us by surprise, with several hundred curious holidaymakers enjoying tours, tastings and blending sessions.
On Easter Sunday, staff arrived in the morning to find several dozen people waiting for them to open the distillery.”
Glengoyne’s popularity as a tourist destination reflects a growing trend which has seen visitor numbers to whisky distilleries progressively increasing year on year. Figures released by ScotlandWhisky last month revealed that over 1.2 million visitors toured a distillery in 2008. This led to an increased spend of 12.2% on the previous year and given the Scottish economy a much needed £25 million boost.
Stuart Hendry continued: “We’ve been quietly confident that we would see a rise in UK visitors holidaying at home this year, as well as Europeans enjoying comparatively cheap Sterling. It is still very early in the season, but it is encouraging to see record numbers here enjoying our national product.
Glengoyne is one of Scotland’s most accessible distilleries, located just 30 minutes north of Glasgow and looking out over the breath-taking West Highland Way. Glengoyne Distillery offers an unrivalled visitor experience and wide menu of tours and tastings. One of the most popular tours, the Master Blender Session, even gives visitors the opportunity to have a go blending their own whisky to take home with the in the state-of -the-art Glengoyne Blending Room for just £30.
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