The first cut is the sweetest

• Isle of Arran Distillery’s James MacTaggart (left) and Euan Mitchell.

Isle of Arran Distillery has broken ground on the site which will be home to its new production facility.
The new distillery at Lagg, in the south of the island, will include a visitor centre and warehousing, and enable the Lochranza-based distiller to increase capacity to 1.2 million litres. There are plans to dedicate production at Lagg to more heavily peated single malts.

Meanwhile the visitor centre at Lochranza is due to reopen following a refurb which has included the creation of a new tasting bar to accommodate larger groups and, in the distillery itself, the installation of four new stills and a new spirit safe, which the company said will support the production of 700,000 litres a year.

Isle of Arran Distillery MD Euan Mitchell, said: “Visitors to Lochranza have been growing year-on-year making the Lagg site of even greater importance.”