The lowlands used to be an area teaming with distilleries, but for various reasons, many economic, most have closed. At one point active lowland distilleries were down to 2 - there has been a revival from that low, but the list of closed distilleries outnumbers active ones - even limiting the list of closed distilleries to those closed recently enough for there still to be whisky available from them (though usually at a price). There are some distillery projects at various stages in development which will increase the number again.
However, the Lowlands remains the stronghold of Grain Whisky distillation, with 5 of the remaining 7 grain distilleries in Scotland - the other two are Invergordon and Loch Lomond, both of which have had single malt also distilled on site (Ben Wyvis and Loch Lomond respectively). Ailsa Bay is a fairly recently opened (2009) malt distillery within the site of Girvan Grain Distillery.
Page updated 30/10/2017
Though several grain distilleries have closed in the last 30 years, a new one, Starlaw, has just been built in Livingston by the French owners of Glen Moray distillery, La Martiniquaise.
Glasgow (Douglas Laing) Pacific Quay
Holyrood Park Edinburgh
InchDairnie (previously referred to on this page as Whitehill) Glenrothes (Fife not Speyside)
Lochlea Farm Ayrshire
Port of Leith
See New Distilleries/Projects page for more details.