Distillery Tours

Visit our riverside distillery in the heart of Hawick and treat yourself to a guided tour led by one of our expert distillers.

As an all-year-round working distillery, the tour will be conducted whilst the distillery is in full use- our delicious spirits will be produced right in front of your eyes. 

THE BUILDING

The Borders Distillery building is an award-winning conversion of the former Edwardian electrical works, and it is proud to be the first Scotch Whisky Distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837. 

Our architects made it a priority to preserve as much of the beauty of the former building as possible, such as the high Victorian glass ceilings that allow the distilling halls to be lit up by the Scottish sun. Or the steel hoist structure from the original workshop that has gone on to become a picture window frame to the shop. Or the old teak school desks, which were salvaged and reused to form furniture and windowsills.

On the tour you will discover how it was through creative solutions and forward-thinking such as this, that The Borders Distillery won the RIAS Conservation and Climate Change Award 2019 and the EAA Architectural Awards 2019 – Regeneration/Conservation Award. 

THE TOUR

During our whisky distillery Tour, you will be guided through our production areas, learning the whisky making process as we go along. You will find out how we use local barley to distil Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Kerr’s Gin, and Puffing Billy Steam Vodka.

The guided tour will take you through our mashing, fermentation, and distillation halls. Our spirits are made from seed to spirit, all within the distillery. This means your distillery tour will cover all that happens in between to create our drinks, including what we do to give it its unique qualities and taste.
Of course, you will finish with a dram in the distillery bar. After all, there is no other way to finish a distillery tour than by sampling the product through guided whisky tasting at the end.

Unlike at many other distilleries, you may take photographs throughout the tour. In fact, we encourage photos- the natural light let in by the glass ceilings has the added benefit of creating picturesque scenes throughout the distillery.

TIMES, PRICE AND OTHER INFO

The available times for our distillery tours are: Tuesday-Friday 11AM, 1PM and 3PM, and on Saturdays 10AM and 12PM.

Walk-ins are welcome to join our allocated tour time, subject to the availability. You are also welcome to visit our distillery Visitor Centre Monday-Friday 10am-4:30pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Call our distillery to book on 01450 374330 or purchase tickets using the link below.

Please note we run seasonal opening times, and can welcome a maximum of 12 guests. Under 18s are welcome to tour free of charge, but must be accompanied by an adult.

A 5* VisitScotland attraction, with a 5* rating on TripAdvisor.

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