Glengoyne launches World Whisky Day festivities by dining in style on Calton Hill

Glengoyne is kicking off Scotland's World Whisky Day celebrations by taking a pop-up restaurant and special whisky cask to the top of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill.

Published 20th May 2016
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Award-winning chef Tom Lewis brought his unique mobile restaurant from the wilds of the Trossachs, to Calton Hill in Edinburgh to co-host a special breakfast and lunch event alongside Glengoyne.

A shipping container from the outside, and a stunning 24-seater restaurant on the inside, Tom is used to taking his mobile restaurant to weird and wonderful places, including Galloway Forest Park and Loch Lomond, but this will mark its first visit to the Scottish capital.

Invited guests will be treated to a personal whisky tasting and bottling with Stuart Hendry, brand heritage manager at Glengoyne Distillery, in addition to a delicious selection of breakfast dishes and a three-course whisky-paired lunch.

Featuring whisky-poached Perthshire strawberries, smoked haddock and Inverawe salmon, the breakfast menu is designed to set guests up for the day. Lunch will consist of such delicacies including Cumbrae oysters, Isle of Mull scallops and Black Face lamb.

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Neil Boyd, Commercial Director for Malts at Ian Macleod Distillers, who own Glengoyne, said: “Glengoyne’s seven expressions accompanied by food offer the perfect match to kick-start the Scottish World Whisky Day festivities and we wanted to showcase amazing Scottish produce in a location like no other.

“This is a global celebration of all things relating to whisky. Glengoyne and Tom Lewis have a very special relationship and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate. We’re offering our guests breakfast and lunch in a location like no other – Calton Hill in Edinburgh, which offers some of the most iconic views in the world.”

Tom Lewis said: “Not only is whisky one of the most amazing drinks, it also works so well as an accompaniment to food. As part of the World Whisky Day celebrations, we wanted to help show how well the two go together and treat our guests to a day to remember.

“Our trusty mobile restaurant has travelled down from Perthshire especially for the occasion. Of course she’s used to being taken to lots of amazing locations around Scotland as part of our Taste Tour.”

World Whisky Day founder Blair Bowman added: “World Whisky Day started as a simple idea to encourage others to take as much enjoyment from whisky as I do.

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"In five years, the event has grown to become the biggest celebration of the water of life on the planet, involving thousands of people, attending hundreds of official events, in scores of countries dotted across all seven continents, spreading the whisky word to millions every year through social media.

“Enjoying whisky with food and in cocktails is a great way to introduce new people to this wonderful spirit and that’s why events like this are so important to the future of World Whisky Day and to whisky itself."

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