Talisker Distillery could receive major improvements to car parking facilities, if a planning application submitted to Highland Council gets the go ahead.
In the application, it was noted that the distillery visitor centre regularly attracts around 65,000 visitors each year. The application went on to say that current parking facilities are under significant pressure. "Due to the current lack of parking at Talisker, visitors are having to park on streets throughout the village, causing conflict with other road users and impacting on the local road network," the application continued.
Currently, the car park offers 42 spaces, with 11 spaces in the overspill car park at Carbost Pier. Diageo also has planning permission for 58 more car parking spaces and 5 camper van spaces on land north of the overflow car park.
The application stated that Diageo also purchased land south of the existing car park "as an opportunity to consolidate visitor and staff parking in a single location while also offering the opportunity to improve pedestrian accessibility into the Distillery visitor centre."
It is hoped to expand the existing car park to offer parking for 148 cars and 7 motor homes and motorbikes.
It is planned to use land adjacent to the distillery complex, which would provide parking for a further 74 vehicles.
The application can be found here.
Above: Application site in submission for Highland Council planning permission application.