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100% of our power comes from renewable electricity. We have our own wetlands and our beehives on site. Why? Because Glengoyne is Scotland’s most beautiful distillery – and we want to keep it that way.

Green Awards 2016

Green Company of the Year - Commendation
The Amorium Sustainability Award: Spirits - Commendation 

Plan Bee

Honeybee populations are declining rapidly – which is bad news for the environment. That’s why Warren Bader set up Plan Bee, and why we’ve got two beehives at the distillery. Warren’s idea is simple: rent beehives to businesses across Scotland, and help the honeybee population recover – one hive at a time. We’ve installed two hives in the distillery grounds, contributing to healthier, more varied plant and animal life. Not to mention a delicious pot of honey or two.

 

The Glengoyne Wetlands

Our way of making whisky is deliberately slow; that applies not only to the spirit’s progress through our stills, but to the whole Glengoyne journey.

After distillation, we treat the liquid we don’t need – called the spent lees – in our own wetlands. So instead of sending spent lees to an industrial treatment plant, we treat it here at the distillery, slowly and naturally.

Nature at work

The liquid makes its way through a series of twelve pools; each is thick with reed beds. This slows down the flow and removes anything that would harm the delicate balance of the local burn.

The water is then safe to rejoin the burn, which winds its way into the river and on to Loch Lomond. Less waste. Less energy. More wildlife. The wetlands cut our waste by around 25% – and because the process uses gravity, it only takes a 1.5KW pump to send the spent lees on their way.

The wetlands are excellent for biodiversity too. They’re home to around 14,500 plants of 20 varieties – attracting songbirds, dragonflies and lots of other wildlife.

 

Glengoyne & the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

We’re an exclusive partner of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). We’ve created personalised bottles and hosted joint events – and together, we’re helping to promote the ways that wetlands can be at the centre of environmental policy.

But why the fuss about wetlands? They’re incredibly good at keeping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Wetlands cover less than five percent of the world’s surface, but they lock away about a third of its terrestrial carbon. That’s a lot more efficient than, say, a forest.

And although we can’t match the scale and reach of the WWT – with nine sites and hosting tens of thousands of wild geese – their values fit perfectly with ours. Coincidence? Perhaps not: Glengoyne is derived from ‘Glen Guin’ – or ‘glen of the wild geese’.