Dal Riata Distillery lodges planning application for £4.5m project

Scotch whisky producer Dal Riata has submitted a planning application for a new £4.5m distillery on the banks of Campbeltown Loch.

The building will comprise a distillery, a visiting centre, shop and self-catering apartments.

The plans submitted include a glass frontage allowing passengers to view the two large working copper stills – a space also set to be used for events and tastings.

What’s more, the dilapidated warehouses currently on-site are also to be renovated and converted into self-catering apartments, which will be able to sleep up to ten people offering views of the distillery and across the Loch.

The current vacant shop on Longrow adjoining the site will be developed into a visitor centre and conference/tasting room.

Space is also being incorporated within the proposed distillery to allow production to be increased without any external expansion.

The project is set to provide employment for 20 people, while the company has also pledged to provide trainee positions within the workforce.

The long-term plan for the distillery includes building a warehousing facility at Macrihanish airport for storage of the casks. “It is hoped expansion of that facility might provide cask storage and bottling for private clients,” the company said in a statement.

“The owners are keen to pay homage to the history of Campbeltown by incorporating a museum within the visitor centre dedicated to the history of whisky distillation within the town,” it added.

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