Glenkinchie Distillery’s important contribution to the Scotch whisky industry and East Lothian’s economy has been highlighted by Martin Whitfield MSP during a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

The South Scotland MSP spoke about the distillery’s history, its historical and contemporary role in Scotch whisky production and the 37,000 visitors it welcomed during 2023.

Mr Whitfield also recognised Glenkinchie’s efforts to have a positive impact on nature and improve the sustainability of the distillation process, including operating a zero waste to landfill policy, for which it has received the gold award for green tourism.

He also talked about some of his own experiences while visiting Glenkinchie and thanked some of the staff he has met during those visits.

Speaking after the debate, Martin Whitfield MSP said:  

“Glenkinchie is a vitally important part of East Lothian’s local economy, heritage and tourism, supporting skilled jobs and helping to attract thousands of visitors to the area each year.

“As well as being its own distinct brand of Lowland Single Malt Scotch, the product is one of the ‘four corners of Scotland’, which are of such importance to the Diageo brand and the Johnnie Walker experience.

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak about Glenkinchie’s contribution again during this debate, and also praise its brilliant staff for their dedication and knowledge.”

The full text of the debate, including Mr Whitfield’s speech, can be found here.