Glasgow's newest distillery took one step closer towards completion this week as two new whisky stills were added to the site on the banks of the river Clyde.

The two copper stills, which each weigh around two tonnes and were manufactured by Forsyth Group of Moray, are the latest addition to The Clydeside Distillery.

The £10.5m project will see the iconic Pump House between the Riverside Museum and Hydro Arena transformed into a bespoke whisky distillery and visitor centre, with spirit expected to flow off the new stills for the first time by the end of the year.

Picture: contributed

Picture: contributed

The project is due for completion later this year with opening scheduled for the autumn.

The Clydeside Distillery owned by Morrison Glasgow Distillers Ltd will create up to 25 jobs when it becomes fully operational, with several hundred employed during the construction and fit out phases.

The stills were carefully lifted into place. Picture: contributed

The stills were carefully lifted into place. Picture: contributed

With an interactive whisky experience, retail unit and a café/restaurant, the new visitor experience is expected to attract 65,000 people per year.

Andrew Morrison, Commercial Director, Morrison Glasgow Distillers Ltd, said, “We’ve had a longstanding vision to build a whisky distillery on the banks of the Clyde and with the stills now in place the project is even closer to fruition.

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Picture: contributed

“Believe it or not, Glasgow was once home to numerous whisky distilleries and we think The Clydeside Distillery will put Glasgow right back on the Scotch whisky map.

“Few people know the historical significance of the Pump House building which was actually built by my great great grandfather in 1877 to control the entry bridge into the Queens Dock. It’s fantastic to know we will be bringing it back to life again, with a little help from Scotland’s liquid gold.”

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Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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