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Construction has started on the Cabrach Distillery and Heritage Centre which will see malt whisky production resume in its “birthplace” for the first time in 170 years.

Earlier in December 2021, the Cabrach Trust secured the £3.5million needed to activate the project. The trust hopes to regenerate the area as a sustainable community, as currently, fewer than 100 people call the Cabrach home.

A 19th Century farmhouse will house the distillery and future heritage centre, showcasing the craft and alchemy of making Scotland’s national drink.

Barley will be sourced from adjacent fields which will maintain a commitment to sustainability.

The project was initially expected to begin construction in February 2022, with the aim of being operational by Spring 2023, marking 170 years since the last time whisky was legally produced in the area.