Media release: Major interest in second share offer at GlenWyvis community-owned distillery


A SECOND share offer for the GlenWyvis community-owned distillery (based in the Highland town of Dingwall), is being launched today with almost 350 people having already pre-registered an interest.

As construction of the distillery reaches the final stages, GlenWyvis Distillery Community Benefit Society has brought forward its second share offer* to open the door to new members and will launch today, Thursday August 3, at the Black Isle Show with a *special launch share offer prize draw will be open on the day to new investors.

Commenting on overall progress to date, David O’Connor, chair of GlenWyvis Distillery, said: “These last few weeks have really seen great change on site, as the exterior walls have gone up, the stills and mash tun delivered, and adverts for the distillery manager and visitor centre development officer making it all very tangible now.

“It is great to see the distillery coming together, showing investors and the local community alike that our plan is on schedule.

“Our second share offer will help to accelerate our brand development plans as we get down to the real business of making whisky – with our sights firmly set on the first run of spirit in November 2017.”

GlenWyvis already has some 2,600 members who invested in the original share offer in 2016 and this new share offer opportunity capitalises on continued interest from locals and visitors alike. The minimum investment will be £250 for all investors and supporters will also be able to pay extra to have their name added to the distillery wall or the ‘path to the stills’.

The initial target of £750,000 will help to bring forward the distillery’s development plans in line with feedback received from members in a recent survey.

This will include extending the GlenWyvis brand and product offering, bringing gin distilling into Dingwall, and further development of the GlenWyvis visitor experience in and around the town.

GlenWyvis Distillery, founder and managing director, John McKenzie, said: “It is an exciting time, and this new share offer will not only help us to fast-track our brand, but will reduce commercial lending costs, so we can deliver on our community benefit remit sooner.

“We’ve already created three full-time jobs, with two more advertised now, and up to six more likely to be required when the distillery opens in November. We secured a very strong following in our first share offer and we remain on schedule with the building.

“Almost 350 new investors have already come forward to pre-register for this second offer – which is fantastic – and we have introduced great incentives in a prize draw for anyone who invests on Thursday, the day of the launch.”

David Taylor, of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, added: “We have been very pleased to support GlenWyvis Distillery and it’s great to see this community-led project now nearing the point of distillation and production.

“The food and drink sector a is hugely important part of Scotland’s economy, and we are already punching above our weight in the Highlands and Islands, particularly for whisky. We are looking forward to helping GlenWyvis develop a strong brand and fully exploit its international potential.”

Simon Walker, head of Campaigns, at said: “The GlenWyvis Distillery is a truly unique project to create the world’s first 100 per cent community-owned whisky distillery.

“Following last year’s successful crowdfunding campaign with over £2.5million raised, we’re delighted that the team has decided to use once again to help kick-off the next phase of funding.

“As a project which gives people a chance to play an active role in this venture, we’re excited to see not only the development of the distillery itself, but how the community continues to work together to make the project a reality.

“We look forward to raising a glass with John and his team over the next couple of months.”

Further support has also come from Community Shares Scotland and, commenting on the next offer, Sandra Macaskill, CSS programme officer, said: “We are delighted to be able to support GlenWyvis for a second time, as the next crucial stages get underway.

“It has been a very engaging community project to date, bringing a significant boost to the Dingwall area, especially now the distillery build and staffing are well underway. It has also given others a great example of a successful community share offer and inspiration for future projects considering funding this way.”

Full details of the open share offer, naming options and Thursday’s prize draw* are available on the GlenWyvis Distillery website at

Investment can be made online via or from 10.00am on Thursday 3rd August.


Notes to editors:

Image: Josh Fraser, office manager beside new still.


The second share offer launch will include a prize draw with opportunities to win the following prizes, but only if investment is made on Thursday 3rd August.


First prize: Helicopter trip

Twenty-minute GlenWyvis whisky heritage tour on 21st, 22nd, 28th or 29th October.

Second prize: 700ml bottle of GlenWyvis Highland Inspiration malt whisky

Third prize: 700ml bottle of GlenWyvis Gin


First prize: Helicopter trip

Twenty-minute GlenWyvis whisky heritage tour on 21st, 22nd, 28th or 29th October.

Second prize: 700ml bottle of GlenWyvis Highland Inspiration malt whisky

Third prize: 700ml bottle of GlenWyvis Gin


For £30 – add a name to the Friend’s Wall in the distillery.

For £50 – add a personalised stone to The Path to The Stills.

Gift options also available. See for full T&Cs.

First prize: Helicopter trip

Twenty-minute GlenWyvis whisky heritage tour on 21st, 22nd, 28th or 29th October.

Second prize: 200ml bottle of GlenWyvis Gin

Third prize: 50ml bottle of GlenWyvis Gin

For press information contact Fiona Stewart, Interwoven PR
Email: Mob: 07940560453

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