Isle of Harris Distillery Project

on Feb 08 in Editorial, Single Malt Whisky, whisky Industry news by dan

Update: there is more info about this in a new isle of harris update.

You might be interested in the project to create the first distillery on the beautiful Isle of Harris currently reciving funind of nearly £2m from the Scottish government. The Fund-raising and planning applications are apparently “making good progress”. Take a look at the short film for more info:


or visit there site:

People seem to be quite warm to the project:

Vicki Wright (of Bondeau):

Great news about the investment! It is a very exciting project and look forward to seeing more independent distilleries up and running in Scotland.

Questions seem to Hinge around:

  • How it it going?
  • How far away is the project from being up and running?
  • Will there be casks for sale prior to opening to help with funding?
  • Also, is there an investment opportunity?

in an article we found published on Published on 8 May 2012, saying:

POTENTIAL funders of the first ever legal Scotch whisky distillery on Harris have expressed interest in putting up about one-third of the £10 million investment required, the managing director- designate of the project has revealed.

Some other Quotes:

Mr Erlanger said:

When you build a distillery, you need to finance not only the bricks and mortar – but you also need to source all the raw materials, the barley, the barrels, before you can start to make turnover.

We don’t envisage any planning obstacles. It [the project] would appear to have quite strong support from the local community. They seem to be quite excited by it.

When you look at the climatic conditions in the Outer Hebrides [it is] ideally suited to whisky maturation. You need water to make the stuff. We have two lochs up on the hillside above the distillery.

The idea is to bring Harris to the world.

We watch this with baited breath, as we do with the dingle distillery in Ireland.

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