Dunrobin Distillery launches £5.5m investment bid

13th July, 2017 by Melita Kiely

A planned ‘single estate’ whisky and gin distillery in the grounds of 13th-century Dunrobin Castle is looking to raise £5.5 million (US$7.1m) in investment funding.


Dunrobin Castle was built in the 13th century

Dunrobin Highland Distillery – which received planning permission in January this year – is the brainchild of Elizabeth Costin Sutherland, granddaughter of the Countess of Sutherland and the daughter of Lord and Lady Strathnaver, and has appointed Lazarus Consulting to look after the fundraising.

Sutherland said: “We aim to produce a premium craft, single estate single malt whisky and gin in the Scottish Highland way.

“With this business we are also aiming to boost local tourism by creating a unique distillery experience for visitors to Dunrobin Castle and the wider Golspie and Scottish Highlands area.”

The whisky and gin will be distilled using local products, including barley and botanicals from the Dunrobin farm, and water from the Cagar Foesaig mountain spring, situated on the Sutherland Estate. Dunrobin Highland Distillery will malt and mill a portion of its own barley.

“Our focus is on premium ingredients and traditional distilling which is why we have focused our efforts on sourcing and growing our products locally,” added Sutherland.

Dunrobin Highland Distillery will also feature a visitor centre and local bottling plant, and is expected to create at least eight jobs in the area.

The distillery and visitor centre will be designed by Lachlan Stewart Studio of Tain and made by Forsyth’s of Rothes in Speyside, transforming the old powerhouse situated in the woodlands of 700-year-old Dunrobin Castle.

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