ABOUT
KINRARA DISTILLERY

Kinrara Distillery is a Scottish craft gin producer set within the adventurous landscape of The Cairngorms, just outside the town of Aviemore.

The Distillery takes it’s name from the surrounding Kinrara Estate, an area considered to have outstanding scenic and nature conservation value, as well as a high level of historical interest.

Our team are inspired by the beauty of the landscape and stories around us. Formerly a milking shed, our distillery is designed with the rich history of the area in mind.

It’s this history which has inspired our talented team to create award-winning craft gins. Our small-batch production process blends traditional spirit-production methods with the innovation and artistry of modern tastes.

From thoughtful ingredient selection, to bold experimentation, to the bottling process; our team works hard to create beautiful gins that we are all proud of.

Kinrara

The name “Kinrara” first appears on record around 1338 as Kynroreach. Reference to the estate appears again in 1440, but this time as Kynroraykt. In 1603, we see the estate being referred to as Kynrara.  The word “kin” means either “head” or “end”.

There have been several ideas for what the root of “rara” might mean, but the most popular of them is that it either means “great or noble” or “dwelling place”. 

Modern Times

In modern times, the Kinrara Distillery site has been a working building on a country estate. Seeing use as a milking shed and a wool storage. 

Kinrara Distillery

In 2017, Kinrara Distillery was born, and work began to restore the dilapidated buildings into a working distillery. 

Kinrara Highland Dry

This work was still ongoing in the early parts of 2018, when our first gin, Kinrara Highland Dry, was produced. Through dozens of experiments, tasting sessions with friends and family and research – we had created a gin that we were proud of, one that matched the splendour of the local area. 

Inverness Gin and Whisky show

In April of 2018, at the Inverness Gin and Whisky show, the first bottles of Kinrara Highland Dry were offered to members of the public. An exhilarating and proud moment for our team. 

Artist Edition Gins

We had caught a bug for experimenting with ingredients, and it wasn’t long before our range expanded with the addition of Ginny, the first of our Artist Edition Gins. 

Scottish Gin Awards

Craft gin is a busy market, and we worked hard throughout 2018 and 2019 to establish ourselves in the Scottish gin scene. Building lasting and valuable relationships with our wholesalers and customers. We also picked up a silver award at the Scottish Gin Awards. 

Covid 19

In 2020, like many industries, we were impacted by the COVID 19 outbreak and made the decision to refocus our production into hand sanitiser, doing our part for our community and helping the country to meet demand for this important product. 

The “craft” of “craft gin”

2021 has been a transformational year for Kinrara Distillery. Now that we are looking to put the pandemic behind us, we are looking forward to the future. We have re-committed ourselves to the “craft” of “craft gin” and are still taking the time to experiment with bold new flavours and ingredients.  

Tasting Experiences

We also wish to make our distillery a comfortable and welcoming place to visit. All of us have spent so long being unable to leave our homes, unable to meet friends and loved ones. We are refurbishing our little distillery and look forward to welcoming many visitors to Kinrara. 

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