Plans announced to turn Outlander's Lallybroch Midhope Castle into whisky distillery

Midhope Castle Distillery Company says the building will draw 'inspiration from historic features' at the site

Plans are in motion that could see a new whisky distillery built on the site of Midhope Castle, the 16th century townhouse that currently doubles as Outlander's Lallybroch.


Former Diageo director Ken Robertson, and the owners of popular whisky bottler have revealed plans to build a new distillery on the site at Hopetoun Estate in Queensferry.


Used as an exterior film setting during both Season 1 and 2 of the hit show, the actual site that is used to represent Broch Tuarach (north-facing tower in Gaelic) is a 16th-century ruin that lies just 30 miles outside of Edinburgh.

A popular visitor attraction, it could soon be given a new lease of life after Robertson, a director of the newly formed Midhope Castle Distillery Company, submitted a planning application to West Lothian Council for the building next to the ruin, which they also plan to restore in the long term.


The distillery would use only malting barley grown at Hopetoun Estate, which has a long tradition of supplying barley for the Scotch whisky industry.


Midhope Castle Distillery Company says the building, designed by Edinburgh-based 56three Architects and delivered by Currie & Brown, will draw "inspiration from historic features" at the site.


A spokesperson for the company told our sister site, the Insider: “We will set out to design and build a distillery that makes great whisky while addressing sustainability through every element of its architecture, its construction and its operation. With an innovative approach across the board we would aim to reduce our production carbon footprint to the absolute minimum, if not to zero. We believe that this approach goes hand in hand with producing a distinctive and characterful single malt Scotch Whisky capable of reflecting the qualities and traditions of one of Scotland’s great historic estates.”


Part of the private Hopetoun Estate, which covers an incredible 6,500 acres of land and also features heavily on the show, it was originally know as Medhope Castle when it was first built in the 1450s - 60s by then laird of Medhope, John Martyne.


It recently found new life on Outlander after showrunner Ronald D. Moore decided that it fit the "mental image" that they had of Lallybroch - home to the Fraser family.


The development will be news to fans of the hit Starz show's ears, after many were dismayed to learn of its current dilapidated state.


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