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The dawn of a new distillery

Construction work under way at Lagg site

On the windswept hills at the south end of Arran a new vision is rising on the site of the last legal distillery, which closed there 180 years ago.

The new £10 million Isle of Arran distillery may not look much yet, but in a few short months all that will have changed.

The distillery will produce a heavily peated malt whisky, in contrast to the present Lochranza whisky, but in keeping with the traditions of the stills at the south end of the island in the 18th and 19th century.

Contractors BHC Ltd have been on site since February 6 and work is progressing well on the first phase of the distillery development. The 26-week contract will see the road infrastructure for the site put in place and the construction of the first three of six bonded warehouses, each of 1,000 square metres. The work will create 25 to 30 construction jobs.

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