Uile-bheist Distillery & Brewery

Uile-bheist Distillery & Brewery

This modern distillery and brewery on the banks of the River Ness opened in 2023. The name Uile-bheist (pronounced “ewl-uh-vehst”) means monster, and is inspired by the local legend of the Loch Ness Monster. It’s an interesting distillery to visit, to see the contrast between this and the older Scottish distilleries that have been around for centuries. As the first new distillery to be built in Inverness for 130 years, it uses advanced equipment and innovative methods, whilst following the traditional principles of Scotch whisky production. It also has a brewery, which produces a range of small-batch craft beers.

Whisky and beer tours

Uile-bheist offers a choice of tours at its visitor centre. On a tour of the brewery and distillery, you’ll see how they produce whisky and beer on-site, then learn more about the long history of production in the Inverness area. You’ll also get to explore some of the myths and legends that have inspired Uile-bheist’s products and artwork. And you’ll gain an insight into their sustainability initiatives. In addition, you can enjoy tastings, experiences and events that delve deeper into the world of Scottish beer and whisky.


Sustainability is a big part of the Uile-bheist ethos. Using innovative new techniques, they strive to be as low-carbon as possible. Preserving our natural resources for future generations.

How to get there

For guests staying with us at the Kingsmills Hotel, it’s easy to get to the Uile-bheist visitor centre. Located on Ness Bank in the centre of Inverness, it’s around a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive from our hotel. You can also take the bus into town. Just ask at reception if you need any help or directions.

If you’d like to find out about other whisky attractions in the area, explore more whisky tours here. You can also visit our own Whisky Bar to sample whiskies from Scotland and beyond.

Enjoy a Whisky Break in Scotland

Inverness is a wonderful base for a whisky break in Scotland. Book a luxury room at the Kingsmills Hotel and explore our local distilleries and whisky tours. Don't forget to visit our very own Whisky Bar, where you can try many whiskies from around the world or enjoy a Whisky Flight experience.

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