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Try out your dram job as this Scottish whisky distillery opens its doors to holidaymakers


The distillery is located near Dumfries (Picture: Euan Cherry/PA Wire)

If you fancy yourself as a whisky expert, this might be the holiday for you once the country opens up for travel.

To celebrate Scottish Whisky Month, Annandale Distillery, an independent whisky distillery in the south of Scotland, is opening its doors to whisky fans and offering an opportunity to go behind the scenes and become a distiller for a day.

The stay is available only on Airbnb as part of a new campaign to encourage people to visit the Scottish Lowlands, and there are only a few slots for lucky Scotch connoiseurs.

The two-night stay offers guests the chance to sleep in cottages next to the distillery site, get ‘hands on’ and learn the fundamentals of whisky distilling.

Costing £480 for a weekend for two, there will be four weekends available between June and August, with these dates bookable from 10am on May 17.

Visitors will get to participate in each stage of the process from meeting the malt delivery, to milling and mashing the barley, fermentation, firing up the stills and filling the casks.

Have a dram where Rabbie Burns lived (Picture: Euan Cherry/PA Wire)

They’ll also be taken for a whisky tasting and evening meal at The Globe Inn, Dumfries. The Globe Inn is an historic pub dating back to 1610 and once frequented by Robert Burns, with two chefs with Michelin Star experience at the helm.

Each guest will check out from their stay with a bottle of Annandale’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky and armed with their newfound knowledge about the work and dedication that goes into making it.

Fancy learning all about how your favourite tipple is made? (Picture: Euan Cherry/PA Wire)

Annandale Distillery was first established in 1836 and ‘reborn’ in 2014. It has been lovingly restored by new owners David Thomson and Teresa Church and now produces some of Scotland’s finest Single Malt Whisky and Blends.

The stay at Annandale showcases one the region’s finest exports, and David and Teresa anticipate it to be a real draw to the area for whisky fans.

Amanda Cupples, General Manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb comments: ‘Many tourists pass through the Lowlands on their way to the Highlands and other areas of Scotland, without realising all the incredible experiences they’re missing out on.

‘The stay at Annandale Distillery is truly a unique experience for whisky lovers, and an opportunity to visit somewhere they might not have considered before.’

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