Borders distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch whisky

Although the distillery is still being constructed, Borders is expected to produce a light, fragrant and floral style of malt whisky – a very typical Lowlands character.

While construction work has begun at the distillery site in the town of Hawick, details about the distillery set-up will not be revealed until Borders becomes operational.  

  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Under construction

Borders History

The last legal distillery to operate in the Scottish Borders closed in 1837, leaving the region to experience something of a whisky drought for the past 180 years.

Now all of a sudden several planned projects have come along at once, all bidding to be the first to revive distilling in the region for almost two centuries. The first to open will be the aptly named Borders distillery, operated by new group The Three Stills Company.

Headed by four Scotch industry veterans, the company was founded in 2013 and planning permission granted in late 2015 to transform a former factory in Hawick into a £10 million malt whisky distillery with the capacity to produce up to 1.8m litres of spirit a year.

The team broke ground at the site in August 2016, and expect Borders to be operational by mid-2017.

As well as producing a single malt Scotch whisky, the distillery will also feature a carterhead still to create a Borders gin, featuring local botanicals.

A small visitor centre is also being planned.


The Borders Distillery
16-20 Commercial Road
United Kingdom
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public


See also

  • Clan Fraser Clan Fraser Clan Fraser Brand

    Clan Fraser

    Blended Scotch whisky popular in the Middle East and Africa.

  • The Three Stills Company The Three Stills Company The Three Stills Company Distiller & blender

    The Three Stills Company

    Operator of the Borders’ first legal whisky distillery in 180 years.

  • Ailsa Bay Ailsa Bay Ailsa Bay Distillery & brand

    Ailsa Bay

    Flexible Lowlands distillery situated within the Girvan complex producing a range of malt styles.

  • Annandale Annandale Annandale Distillery


    Annandale produces two types of single malt whisky, neither of which will be ready until 2018.

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