Distillery plans get green light

Clynelish is set for a revamp

WORK to upgrade the visitor experience at Clynelish Distillery near Brora is expected to get underway in the next few weeks after plans were rubber-stamped.

The project will include the creation of a new upper floor telling the story of the distillery, and a bar and tasting area. The plans are part of a £150 million spend by Diageo, focused on its Johnnie Walker brand; Clynelish is one of the “key” single malts that goes into making Johnnie Walker, and, together with the Glenkinchie, Cardhu and Caol Ila distilleries, will form a new ‘four corners of Scotland’ tour linked to the new Johnnie Walker venue in Edinburgh.

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Clynelish sits next to its currently silent sister distillery, Brora, which is being revived as part of a separate project along with Port Ellen Distillery on Islay.