Big plans for Dunnet Bay Distillers

DUNNET Bay Distillers, the company behind Rock Rose Gin, has secured planning permission to redevelop an historic building in Caithness into a new distillery.

The business acquired the 200 year old Castletown Mill building in late 2020 and plans to restore the building and convert it into a distillery to produce Rock Rose, the company’s Holy Grass vodka and a new Scotch whisky.

In order to fund the extensive project, Dunnet Bay will create a temporary café and retail space on the site.

The company will shortly begin work on the project, which will see it convert three used shipping containers into a café, shop and community space.

The temporary venue will occupy a small section of the site, allowing work to continue on the rest of the building.

Martin Murray, who owns the company with wife Claire, said: “We’re excited.

“A temporary building means just that: it will be there whilst we are creating our new home for whisky, vodka and gin production.

“It’s good news for the local community as it will create new jobs. We are already an important and valued employer in this small coastal community and we are energised by the idea of helping Thurso become an even more popular destination.

“We therefore expect this initiative to help other local businesses too.”