Eden Mill submits plans for multi-million-pound visitor experience in Guardbridge
Guardbridge-based gin distiller Eden Mill has submitted plans to build a £4 million premium visitor experience at its headquarters in the Fife village.
Eden Mill hoped to develop its distillery and brewery into the former paper mill buildings at St Andrews University’s Eden Campus in Guardbridge.
The firm hopes that the centre will attract thousands of visitors per year, with a dedicated minibus service being created to carry visitors to and from St Andrews for organised groups taking part in gin and whisky tasting tours.
The application to Fife Council also included plans for a new visitor centre, a cafe/bar, shop, presentation room and a VIP tasting area on the top floor of the distillery.
Eden Mill anticipates 40% of visitors to the distillery will arrive at weekends, with a peak weekly figure of 1,500 visitors expected in the summer months.
It is expected that the council will consider the plans over the coming months.
Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, told The Courier in an exclusive interview, said: “With ambitions to grow the business, it’s the right time for Eden Mill to move forward with plans for a new distillery and brewery.
“We have always been pioneering, and this expansion can open the door to new product development and continued success.
“To stay competitive, the spirits industry in Scotland needs to embrace new ideas and experimentation while respecting its heritage and traditions, particularly with whisky.”
He added: “At this new site, Eden Mill will be in the perfect position to invest in new products and lead the way with innovation.
“We firmly believe that this development will greatly benefit the local area and the wider Scottish economy, which is always what we have set out to achieve as a business.”