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Building begins on £15m Ardross distillery

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The construction of a £15m whisky and gin distillery has begun at Ardross in the Averon Valley, near Inverness.

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Ardross distillery: The Highland site is expected to be operational by summer 2018

Situated at Ardross Mains Farm, Ardross distillery will be capable of producing up to 1m litres of spirit a year once operational.

The distillery will encompass the 50-acre site, retaining the farm’s 19th-century steading buildings, farmhouse and cottages, while stone and slate from dilapidated buildings will be recovered as building materials.

The distillery itself, including the still house, tun room, mash house and mill room, will be housed in the main building, while two detached cottages will be converted into offices and staff accommodation.

Ardross’ distilling equipment is expected to be delivered in early 2018, with production commencing in the summer.

Detailed plans, along with full design specs, were approved by Highland Council in February this year.

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