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The Borders Distillery® opened in March 2018 – the first Scotch Whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837. We’re dedicated to capturing the true spirit of the Borders, and bringing whisky-making back to the region.
Our hometown, Hawick, has a famous history of manufacturing, where cashmere is king and where tweed was invented. There is a spirit of industry and enterprise in the town that inspires us in everything we do.
The distillery is in a landmark building in the centre of town, making us both familiar and new. Occupying the site of the former Hawick Urban Electrical Company, we undertook a complete and careful renovation of the building, turning it into a fully functioning distillery.
With an attention to detail and acknowledgement of the building’s history, every tiny detail has been covered. From the restoration of the original 1930 crane, to the lead welded windows, we are immensely proud of every bit of the renovation. Visit us, and see it for yourself.
In light of the worldwide issues regarding Covid-19, we will be closing The Borders Distillery shop and tours for 4 weeks from Tuesday 17th March. Our current plan is to reopen the shop and tours on Monday 13th April, however this may change depending on government advice. We will ensure the information on the distillery website is up to date, and will issue updates on both Facebook and Instagram. The health and well-being of our visitors and staff is of the highest importance to us, and we hope you understand the unfortunate necessity of taking this step.
Bailie John Hardie introduced the first stocking frames to Hawick in 1771. In less than 100 years the town was the very centre of the knitwear and Tweed trades in Scotland. Cashmere and Tweed brought great prosperity – by the 1960’s Hawick was the highest-earning town in the United Kingdom per head of population.
The quality of Hawick’s water was a key element in the growth and success of the knitwear and Tweed industries. Now, we make use of this excellent water to make our spirit and run our distillery.
As noted above, the distillery is currently closed to tours due to the Covid-19 situation. We plan to reopen for tours on Monday 13th April, but we will ensure the website has the most up-to-date information.