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Our Story

The path less well travelled

Nestled beneath the sprawling mass of Ben Wyvis mountain in the Scottish Highlands, GlenWyvis Distillery was established in 2015. The idea was to unite the community of Dingwall through the creation of a distillery owned by local people.

Dingwall’s last whisky distillery closed in 1926. After a 90 year absence, GlenWyvis revived the town’s lost distilling tradition, and made its own history in 2016 by running a record-breaking open share offer. More than 3,000 like-minded people invested in GlenWyvis to create the first ever 100% community-owned distillery. It was an incredible response to an extraordinary idea.

We are inspired by our beautiful landscape, and motivated to preserve it. GlenWyvis is a pioneer of sustainable distilling; wind, hydro, solar and biomass energy power our operations.

Our Team


Matthew Farmer Distillery Manager

Matthew Farmer

Distillery Manager

Growing up in the Scottish Highlands, Matthew has been living in America where he fell into the whisk(e)y industry, probably because they loved his accent. A decade later, he’s worked every job on a distillery floor, and hopes to bring a magpie mix of passion and experience to the small family here at GlenWyvis.

Craig MacRitchie Distillery Operator

Craig MacRitchie

Production Manager

Craig has been with us from the start. Originally working as our Head of Sales, Craig has now transitioned into production where he keeps a close eye on all of our operations.

Kev Cameron-Ross

Distillery Operator

Aberdeen-born, Kev has spent an enriching 18 years immersed in the captivating landscapes that define this remarkable region. His journey as a Distillery Operator at GlenWyvis stands as a testament to his unwavering passion for crafting exceptional spirits. Rooted in these experiences, Kev is uniquely positioned to bring the true essence of the Highlands to each and every bottle.


David McIntyre Vice Chairman

David McIntyre


David joined the Board in 2021. He is a practicing mechanical engineer and former leader of an international team of multi-disciplined engineering experts. He sees GlenWyvis Distillery producing an acclaimed product, and being a role model for other businesses that understand the importance of looking after their people, communities and planet within the setting of a profitable and sustainable business.

Meeghan Murdoch

Director / CEO

Meeghan has worked in many areas of the drinks industry. From buyer to importer & exporter, and from wine maker, brewer of sake and beer to distiller, Meeghan has seen it all. She has run operations for two distilleries, one in London and one in Scotland and helped set up two bonded warehouses. Born in Montreal, Canada, Meeghan has a vast network of connections and believes her international experiences and language skills can help further the GlenWyvis brand.

Dickon Sandbach Treasurer

Dickon Sandbach


Dickon joined the Board in 2019. He recently retired as Senior Partner of Moore East Midlands, Chartered Accountants then moving locally to Kiltarlity.

David Allan Secretary

David Allan


David joined the board in 2021. Originally from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the Scottish borders, David now lives and works in London. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2008, he has gained extensive experience supporting businesses both large and small, starting in general commercial practise before moving in-house, initially in investment funds and now in the telecoms sector.

Andy Fisher Director and Head of the Standards Committee

Andy Fisher

Director and Head of the Standards Committee

Andy joined the Board in 2019. He is the Managing Director and co-founder of Integra Well Solutions Ltd, and has a wide range of commercial experience covering all aspects of business.

David Norcom Director

David Norcom


David joined the Board in 2020. He is a US financier with extensive experience of the capital markets. He was a substantial contributor to the first share offer and has followed GlenWyvis from the get-go. He will be advising the board on several aspects of future capital raising

Jock Ramsay Director

Jock Ramsay

Director and Head of the GoodWill Fund

Jock joined the Board in 2022. A retired GP currently residing in Inverness, Jock brings a wealth of experience to GlenWyvis to help promote community engagement. A key member of the GoodWill Fund, Jock will oversee and manage the application process, objectively and fairly.

Karl Falconer


Along with his wife, Karl runs a couple of local businesses in the Highlands. The first and main business is Highland Hog Roasts, an outdoor catering company founded 18 years ago. Karl also runs a small farm in Cannich where he rears livestock and tends to his herd of alpacas. Being a Highland business owner, Karl brings a diverse skill set to the table that will assist the distillery in growing and continuing to be in the hearts of the shareholders and the local community.

Committee Members and Volunteers

Marnie Vincent

Minutes Secretary

Marnie is the Minutes Secretary. When not otherwise engaged in doting on her new grandchildren - - who are the source of great joy - - she keeps members of the Management Committee in check and makes sure all papers are in order.

Jan Thomson

Standards Committee

In June 2022 Jan was elected onto the Standards Committee of GlenWyvis. Before retiring Jan owned and operated a small hotel in Sutherland for 15 years, prior to that she progressed through sales and management finally running a UK company within Johnson & Johnson Healthcare. As a member, Jan is passionate about the ethics of Goodwill!

Frances Nixseaman

GoodWill Fund Committee

Frances lives near Dingwall and was elected onto the GoodWill Fund Committee in 2022. She has been a Children’s Panel member, foster carer, youth worker and, after graduating, worked in several charities going into strategic development for children’s services in Highland and overseas.

Ann Mill-Duggan Volunteer

Ann Mills-Duggan

GoodWill Fund Committee

Semi-retired, Ann has been working for a grant-giving organisation for the past 11 years and has wide experience of assessing and reviewing funding proposals. She has been a welcome addition to the GoodWill Fund committee.


Across the Cromarty Firth from Dingwall, the famous Ferintosh Privilege is granted to local landowner Duncan Forbes. He is allowed to distil whisky on his land duty-free.
The Ferintosh Privilege is revoked, ending almost 100 years of mass whisky production on the Black Isle. Robert Burns laments ‘Thee, Ferintosh! O sadly lost! Scotland lament frae coast to coast!’
Dingwall ironmonger, agricultural merchant and town Baillie D.G. Ross builds Ben Wyvis Distillery. It takes 90 men nine months to blast away the Dingwall hillside to make way for the site.
Glenskiach Distillery opens in Evanton, a few miles north of Dingwall. The distillery was designed by famous distillery architect of the Victorian age, Charles Doig.
As a result of global economic depression, both Ben Wyvis and Glenskiach distilleries close. Glenskiach is soon demolished, however Ben Wyvis remains standing until the 1990s.
Invergordon Distillery starts distilling Ben Wyvis single malt whisky within its grain distillery complex. Most of the single malt goes into blended whiskies.
A crash in the US economy impacts the Scottish whisky industry and Invergordon ceases production of Ben Wyvis. The stills are later repurposed by Glengyle Distillery in Campbeltown.
GlenWyvis Distillery in Dingwall is established. The idea was inspired by the area’s rich whisky history, and the team embarked upon raising local support for the project.
GlenWyvis launches its first share offer, which raises £2.6 million in 77 days. 2,200 people invest in the project, breaking records and making national headlines. Construction of the distillery begins.
GlenWyvis opens its second share offer, and 1,000 more people invest in the project. The distillery build is finished in November, and Duncan Tait joins the team as Distillery Manager.
GlenWyvis Distillery starts both whisky and gin production. GlenWyvis Whisky is laid down in casks, and GoodWill Gin enters the market.
With over 500 casks now resting onsite at GlenWyvis, a bottling of New Make Spirit is released to give a flavour of things to come.
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