Sleat’s £5 million new Torabhaig Whisky Distillery is moving ever closer to beginning the production of its very first spirit.
Scheduled for full opening in Spring 2017, work on producing the new whisky is expected to begin this autumn.
With work on the distillery and accompanying visitor centre continuing apace, Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber has been the most recent visitor to the site where he was greeted by project manager, Hamish Fraser from Mossburn Distillers Ltd and Richard Beattie of the Colorado Group.
He said: “This is a remarkable project and will, no doubt, become one of the most popular distilleries on Scotland's west coast. Importantly it will provide employment for local people and bring back to life a beautiful old barn built more than 150 years ago.
“It was good to see at first-hand what is being achieved and I wish Hamish, Richard and their teams all the best for the remainder of the project. I look forward to coming back and enjoying a dram or two”.
In fact a new distillery for Sleat was the ambitious vision of the late businessman Sir Iain Noble, who initially achieved planning permission for the project in 2002.
Torabhaig is one of the few remaining examples of quadrangular steadings on the Isle of Skye. The north block will be restored, converted and extended with the creation of a new purpose built mash house. The extension will remain sympathetic to the existing building but will stand as a modern addition to the listed steading.
The rest of the steading and its courtyard will provide visitor accommodation. The landscape around the building is to be remodelled to accommodate a cooling / reflection pond to serve the distillation process and the aesthetic of the place.