A toast to success

A head for success

Loch Earn Brewery opens new brewery, hotel and visitor centre

Leading Scottish ale manufacturer, Isle of Arran Brewery, has announced plans to open a new brewery, hotel and visitor centre at Loch Earn in 2014.

As well as launching a brewery, the site will include a newly refurbished hotel offering 30 guest rooms, three new restaurants, two bars, a visitor centre and a gift shop.

The St Fillians site offers the brewery the chance to diversify and expand, producing a range of fresh and exciting brews in a new region of Scotland.

Gerald Michaluk, managing Director of Isle of Arran Brewery

Taste for Growth

The brewery’s latest plans to develop a new venture at St Fillans on the shores of Loch Earn will allow them to expand their brewing portfolio with a range of new premium ales, as well as attract and cater for visitors to the popular Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and Perthshire. However, in order to complete the expansion, managing director Gerald Michaluk realised he would need additional funding support.


To complete the project, Gerald secured a £200,000 finance deal with Bank of Scotland. The deal will see Isle of Arran Brewery rejuvenate the entire site to create a major new visitor destination for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

The development will offer an excellent boost to the area by creating at least 20 new jobs and a new high quality attraction that expects to welcome around 30,000 visitors in its first year of trading.

The new premises will be situated on a stunning site overlooking Loch Earn and we hope to add to the magic of St Fillians with some island charm.

Gerald Michaluk, Managing Director of Isle of Arran Brewery


Bank of Scotland has created a 12-strong team with industry-leading sector expertise, which will enable them to adequately fund and support tourism focused projects in the lead up to 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond.

Expert knowledge is enabling our new specialist tourism team to provide businesses with the vital day to day support they need to grow and expand.

Amanda Harold, Relationship Director at Bank of Scotland



As well as supporting food and drink and tourism businesses like Loch Earn Brewery, Bank of Scotland recently teamed up with VisitScotland to launch a new initiative aimed at supporting businesses in the tourism sector as the country prepares for what is expected to be a bumper year for Scotland in 2014.

Our new tourism partnership initiative will help build on the strong support we already provide businesses in the tourism sector by ensuring that we have a clearer understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges they face.

Amanda Harold, Relationship Director at Bank of Scotland