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Glencadam distillery to build ‘world-class’ visitor centre

Angus Dundee Distillers has received planning permission to build a visitor centre at its Glencadam distillery in the eastern Highlands.

Development work will start this year

Under the plans, existing buildings will be renovated to house a tour, whisky tasting area, tearoom and shop. Historical features of the buildings, which date back almost 200 years, will be incorporated with “innovative new architecture”.

Meanwhile, the original floor maltings, which are no longer in operation, will house newly designed offices, meeting rooms, and tasting lab for the distillery team. Development work will start this year.

“The development [will be] a great boost for the area, and I think we’ll see a big increase in tourists and local people coming into Brechin, to tour the distillery and visit our new shop and tea room,” said distillery manager Doug Fitchett.

Glencadam is thought to be one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. It was established in 1825 and closed during both World Wars before being mothballed in 2000.

The Brechin-based site was then brought back into production by Angus Dundee Distillers – which also produces the Tomintoul and Old Ballantruan Scotch brands, among others – in 2003.

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