After announcing our plans to refurbish Bunnahabhain distillery late last year, we are pleased to be able to share some more details with you.
Alan Revie, Distell Capital Projects Manager, Europe outlined the proposed plans and answered questions from members of the public at a recent meeting of the Islay Community Council in the Gaelic Centre on the Island. He was also joined by Rob Newton, of GVA Planning and Ross Black of GVA Architecture.
As can be seen in the artist’s impressions below, part of the proposed plans include the removal of a number of the existing old warehouses, filling store and shop, which currently stands beside the pier. A new custom built visitor centre, with much improved parking, will replace the current shop, with the cottages on Shore Road being renovated to provide holiday accommodation. The space created at the top of the distillery will allow the lorries, which deliver barley and remove spirit, casks and draff, to avoid the tight bend on the road into the distillery.
The distillery as it stands just now is in for a lot of change, however, we’ll make sure we don’t lose the magic of Bunnahabhain and its rustic charm completely!
Fraser Thornton, the European Managing Director for Distell said:
“I am delighted we are proceeding with plans for a major refurbishment at the home of Distell’s flagship malt – Bunnahabhain. We have been steadily laying down inventory to support the long term growth of the brand and we believe that this refurbishment will enhance our visitor experience and attract more people to the north of the island.”
All being well, work will be carried out in phases over the next two to three years.