Highlands & Islands

Plans for new distillery on the Western Isles

Whisky
Image caption The distillers said they would produce a high quality single malt

Plans for a new distillery on the Western Isles have been lodged with the islands' council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

North Uist-based Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd want to build on a site at Tarbert on Harris.

The proposal includes a distillery, warehouse, yard and car parking on an area of reclaimed land.

The distillers said they intended to produce a single malt of "outstanding quality".

About 90,000 litres of whisky could be produced a year, using water drawn from two disused reservoirs on the East Tarbert burn.

The distillers said they hoped to build close ties with crofters and encourage them to grow suitable strains of barley.

If the plans get the go-ahead, the company wants to start building work by the end of next year and begin production in 2015.

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