Photo kindly supplied by John Girvan


Site before and after clearing









































There is no doubt of the importance of Kennetpans' past but there is doubt about Kennetpans' future.


One sad part of clearing away the years of vegetation is it shows the true condition of the ruin.

This picture shows the north west corner pulling away from the body of the distillery.


Cracks on the west elevation


Looking in towards the engine room showing cracking and the key stone dropping


Taken from within the engine room showing rotten lintels. When these eventually fail this will result in major loss to one of the most important parts of the distillery


North elevation showing more rotten lintels with failure imminent


This building is somewhere in the region of 80 - 90 % complete from its closure in 1825, a remarkable condition considering no maintanence or consolidation has ever taken place. I would anticipate with the accelerating decay more damage will occur over the next 10 years than has in the past 200.

We still have time


Experts Comments

"It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of Kennetpans Distillery, founded in the 1720s byJohn Stein  - 'the Father of Commercial Whisky Distilling'. The site is of great importance to the industrial archeological heritage of Scotland. It would be nothing short of a tragedy if the site was left to vanish.”

Charles MacLean, W.S., M.A., LL.B., F.S.A.(Scot)
Master of the Quaich
Whisky Writer