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Chamber Netwalking to Glenkinchie

2nd July 2024

Our popular informal Netwalking events combine networking with an outdoor walk to boost wellbeing. What better way to give it a boost than by spending time outside in the fresh air, networking with fellow business professionals at the beautiful countryside (and getting those important steps in)!

This time we started at Glenkinchie Distillerie visitor's centre car park for a walk around the picturesque plateau of Peaston. 

Glenkinchie Distillery enjoys more than 40,000 visits a year from people from all over the globe, with North American, Scandinavian and those from the Far East, including China, among the most prominent. Scottish visitors also provide a sizeable footfall and Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce added to the growing visitor figures when they enjoyed a tour.

Glenkinchie is one of the Four Corners of Scotland distilleries of Johnnie Walker and they distil the Edinburgh Malt that is enjoyed around the world. The Lowland-style whisky is crafted evoking fragrant flowers, dried cut grass and nutty cereal and the Chamber members heard how their whisky is made, what makes a good whisky made from three products, water, sourced by Glenkinchie from the nearby Lammermuir Hills, barley and yeast.

Glenkinchie, founded in 1837 by brothers George and John Rate, was rebuilt around the 1890s and sits in a glen of the Kinchie Burn near Pentaitland, around 15 miles from Edinburgh, and is one of six distilleries in the Lowland region. It is owned by drinks giant Diageo.

Members, some with dogs, had a short walk in the surrounding countryside before returning to the distillery, thankfully just before a downpour, for networking along with coffee/tea and scrumptious cake served in the spotless and well-appointed café/bar area.

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