Photographer and aerial film-maker, Liam Anderstrem, has created a stunning short film of the ruins of Kennetpans distillery in Alloa, in a bid raise awareness of the site's remarkable story.

Kennetpans (near to the town of Alloa in Clackmannanshire) was founded in the 1720s by the charismatic and controversial Stein family, and became the largest distillery in Scotland.

It played a key role in Scotland’s industrial revolution and helped found two of the world’s most famous drinks brands, Jamiesons and Haigs.

With a passion for Scotland’s history, Airborne Lens photographer and aerial film-maker, Liam Anderstrem, spent a weekend at the ruins in a bid to capture a variety of digital media – including this short film – which he hopes will go on to help raise awareness of the site’s history and encourage viewers to form an emotional connection to the site and perhaps even take the time to visit for themselves.

Kennetpans remains untouched since the last workers left in 1825. In its day, production rose to such levels that duty paid by the Kennetpans and Kilbagie distillery complex was greater than all land tax collected annually in Scotland.

Charles MacLean, Master of the Quaich, said when discussing the former distillery: “The site is of great importance to the industrial archeological heritage of Scotland. It would be nothing short of a tragedy if the site was left to vanish.”

While whisky writer Ian Buxton, describes it as the “crucible” in which the “modern Scotch whisky industry was formed”.

• Find out more about this fascinating story on the Kennetpans Trust website: www.kennetpans.info/ where you can find details on how to donate money towards the upkeep and restoration of these beautiful buildings. 

Airborne Lens is a digital media production company and CAA Approved drone camera operator serving Scotland and the North of England.

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