Building work starts in June
Share offer launched to revive distilling in Dingwall
A £1.5 million share offer has been launched to bring whisky distilling back to a Highlands town.
Exactly 270 years to the day after the Battle of Culloden, the plan involves opening Scotland’s first community-owned craft whisky distillery.
Investors can support the Dingwall-based GlenWyvis Distillery project for as little as £250. This will ensure a high level of local ownership of the distillery.
Whisky has been made in Ross-shire and Inverness-shire for centuries and inspiration has been taken from former distilleries: Ferintosh, Ben Wyvis in Dingwall and Glenskiach in Evanton.
The original Ferintosh distillery was established by the Forbes of Culloden family in 1690, on the Black Isle just east of Dingwall, and is one of the oldest recorded whisky distilleries in Scotland. The new distillery will re-instate craft whisky distilling to the Dingwall area, some 90 years after the last of the town’s original distilleries closed down.
The distillery is the brainchild of John F Mckenzie, supported by a board of directors and local community representatives.
He said: “We have a truly winning combination here of a stunning Scottish Highland location, immense historical appeal linking back to Culloden, Burns and Ferintosh and readily available hydro, solar and wind energy to bring this innovative whisky project to fruition.
“From the outset we have envisaged the project as more than a distillery. It is an opportunity for all social investors to help reinvigorate the historic town of Dingwall. GlenWyvis will be built on its whisky heritage, its community-ownership and its environmental credentials. We have amazing local resources and will be using only local barley from a farmers’ cooperative – hence our strapline built on history – powered by nature.”
Construction is due to start in June with the first run of whisky planned for Burns Night 25 January 2017. The distillery will produce craft Scottish whisky and there are plans for an associated Visitor Centre in the town to be added as part of a wider plan to recreate Dingwall as the Craft Distillery Town of Scotland, and as a quality tourism destination on the North Coast 500 route.
Commenting on the share offer Kelly McIntyre, CSS programme manager, said: “This is one of the biggest community projects we have been involved in and we hope it will make a seismic impact in the kind of projects that we will see coming forward to work with Community Shares Scotland in the future.”
The share offer opens on 16 April and closes on 24 June. However, the board reserves the right to extend this deadline if the amount raised is close to the total required to proceed.