Approval for whisky plant

Eye-catching distillery to go ahead on Speyside

Artist’s impression of unusual design

A whisky distillery is to be built on the banks of the River Spey at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey after the Cairngorms National Park Authority granted approval.

The company behind the new distillery, which was unveiled last year, is the family-owned Speymalt Whisky Distributors, which trades as Gordon & MacPhail. The 125-year-old business owns Benromach distillery near Forres.

The new distillery will have the capacity to produce 100,000 cases of whisky each year, an estimated two million litres, with 50,000 anticipated annual visitors. It is expected to create between six and 10 jobs initially, which could increase to 20 full-time equivalent roles when further shifts are introduced.

Ewen Mackintosh, managing director, said: “We hope to get started very quickly, potentially this year.

“We’re looking forward to becoming part of the local community here. We’ve attended quite a few local events over the last year and been really heartened by the warm welcome we have received. 

“As a family-owned business located in the north of Scotland we are very much rooted in our communities and we are keen to develop strong relationships in Grantown-on-Spey and the surrounding area.”

The eye-catching building, which includes a visitor centre, has been designed to take full advantage of the outstanding views across the River Spey to the Cairngorms.

The circular nature of the building will disguise much of the day to day working area within the service yard and sedum roofs will allow the buildings to blend into the surrounding environment.

Gordon & MacPhail acquired Benromach Distillery in 1993 and reopened it, after extensive refurbishment, in 1998.

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