​How our Scotch whisky distilleries are managing environmental impact

​At Diageo we are passionate about environmental excellence and are committed to making the areas in which we operate cleaner, greener and more sustainable.


Man examining whisky

Across Scotland, the 12 distillery visitor centres – Blair Athol, Caol Ila, Cardhu, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie, Glen Ord, Lagavulin, Oban, Royal Lochnagar and Talisker – are currently leading in environmental excellence, taking direct action to address local environmental impact.

Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian, Oban Distillery in Argyll & Bute and Dalwhinnie Distillery in the Highlands cemented their ranking in March when they were presented with the highest accolade for environmental quality from leading sustainability charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Glenkinchie wall

Our distilleries are the first in Scotland to receive ‘Gold’ accreditation and were recognised for their exceptional efforts across a wide range of criteria, including environmental quality, waste management and community participation. This achievement positions our distillery visitor centres as top ‘green’ tourist attractions in Scotland’s growing whisky tourism sector.

Grain sifting

Over the last year, we’ve witnessed a 13% increase in visitor numbers across all 12 distillery visitor centres in Scotland, attracting a total of 370,150 guests. A record 54,444 people (+15%) visited Oban Distillery, Dalwhinnie Distillery welcomed 44,288 people (+20%) and Glenkinchie Distillery attracted 38,162 people (+7%) in the year to June 2015.