The Glenlivet Visitor Experience

Client: Pernod Ricard
Designer : Blacksheep
Quantity Surveyors : Thomas Bethune
Fit Out: Elmwood Projects

In late 2020 we were delighted to be selected by Pernod Ricard to deliver their new Distillery Visitor Experience refurbishment and Fit Out for The Glenlivet, one of the most famous whisky brands in the world. 

A highly prestigious project, the new Visitor Experience near Ballindalloch in Moray combines hospitality facilities, retail displays and heritage artefacts in one unique venue. With exacting attention to detail a key priority from the start, this unique, bespoke Fit Out was a labour of love for our team. The Visitor centre underwent a full refurbishment inside and out under management of Elmwood, with an extensive range of works. Our Bespoke joinery items include bottle display walls with integral lighting as well as handcrafted tables, curved display shelving, a feature fireplace and decorative wall panelling. As part of the Design and fabrication phase of the project our team also created a unique, bespoke display mount for an historic military jacket which was previously stored at the Scottish Conservation Studio at Hopetoun House.


Extensive in-house sampling and prototyping took place during the early Design stages to meet the client Pernod Ricard’s exacting standards. Befitting a world-class hospitality venue, great care and attention to detail was given to every choice of finishes from paint and veneer to tiling and flooring. Our Project team worked in close collaboration with the Client team and their partners to achieve an outcome which exceeded expectations – including Contract Administrator / Principal Designers Blyth & Blyth, Designer Blacksheep and Quantity Surveyors Thomson Bethune.

This was a complex fit out with all works carried out within the guidelines of our working protocols under COVID, while the Distillery was still operational. Opened in Summer 2021, the fully refreshed visitor experience gives an insight into the inner workings of the Distillery itself and an opportunity to discover the history behind the world-famous single malt whisky. The interior spaces are detailed with touches of true luxury and quality throughout, creating an immersive and unique environment to showcases the Glenlivet brand along with the stunning Speyside surroundings and rich local history.