GET TO KNOW: Stuart McMillan, Director & Co Founder at Kinrara Distillery

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Kinrara’s highland distillery is nestled in 12,000 acres of Cairngorm National Park, just outside Aviemore.

One of Scotland’s newest micro distilleries, we make unique highland dry gins and liqueurs infused with local flora and berries. As we grow, we will also craft single malt whisky and Scottish rums.

The centuries old Cairngorm estate was founded by Lady Jane Gordon, beautiful socialite and co-creator of the famous Gordon Highlanders. Known as the ‘Empress of fashion’, she was born during Britain’s notorious gin craze, and later held lavish parties and soirée evenings where up and coming artists were invited to perform. It was in her drawing room that Rabbie Burns first read his poetry to Edinburgh society.

The estate offers a stunning range of flora and berries that we forage for our gins and mix with carefully sourced botanicals. This allows us to create our unique range of premium highland gins.

Kinrara distillery prides itself on creating a handcrafted small batch spirit. From the distillation of the gin right down to the bottling, everything is lovingly done by hand, by our passionate highland team.

Favourite drink:

A Negroni made with the best gin possible, hopefully a Kinrara Highland Dry very soon. 


Cooking, it’s my relaxation time, just me, good ingredients and my imagination.

Person you’d most like to meet or have met:

I think Robin Williams would have been an amazing dinner guest and a great laugh.

How many Munros have you done:

14 or so, not a Munro bagger but did a few whilst training to do Kilimanjaro a few years ago.

Favourite Movie:

Black Hawk Down 

Greatest achievement:

Opening Kinrara Distillery with the support for my partners, my family and close friends.

Most memorable drink:

To date it was the first taste of Strathearn Single Cask Single Malt Whisky, on the day it matured. 3 years and 1 day of maturation in a 50L oak cask made for a very special experience and magnificent dram. I hope to be able to make an equally good spirit at Kinrara in the coming years. 

Tea or Coffee:

Neither! I lived abroad from a very young age, in the middle and far east, never getting into the tea and coffee fad. I wish I did as I love the smell of a fresh coffee! 

Brown sauce or Red Sauce:

Brown all day long.

Gin, Whisy or Rum:

Gin followed by Whisky, Rum has some catching up to do me thinks.

Snow or Sun:

A sunny day with deep snow sounds ideal!

Marmite Yes / No:

Absolutely NO! It’s the devils spread!!


Telephone: +44 (0)1479 722060






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