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Dál Riata submits plans for Campbeltown distillery

Scotch whisky producer Dál Riata has submitted a planning application to build a distillery on the banks of Campbeltown Loch.

Dál Riata’s new distillery will include a visitor centre and self-catering apartments

In February this year, Dál Riata announced plans to build the distillery, with Bowman Stewart Architects submitting the plans for the build.

The producer released three single malts under the South Star Spirits brand: Highland, Speyside and Islay to mark the launch of the new distillery.

Dál Riata has now submitted its planning application to Argyll and Bute Council to build the space on the banks of Campbeltown Loch.

The application is for a mixed-use development comprising of a distillery, visitor centre, shop and self-catering apartments.

The proposed distillery has a glass front which will display two large copper stills from the outside. A balcony will also be installed for use during events and tastings.

Meanwhile, the warehouses currently on the site are to be renovated and converted into self-catering apartments, which will sleep up to 10 people and offer views over the distillery and across the loch.

The current vacant shop on Longrow adjoining the site will be developed into a visitor centre and conference/tasting room.

The project aims to provide employment for approximately 20 local people, with Dál Riata pledging to provide trainee positions within the workforce.

In the long-term, the producer is aiming to build a warehousing facility at Macrihanish airport for storage of its casks.

The owners are also hoping to incorporate a museum within the visitor centre dedicated to the history of whisky distillation in Campbeltown.

If planning is granted, the cost is estimated to amount to £4.5 million (US$5.3m).

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