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Plans unveiled for Isle of Barra distillery and visitor centre

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Isle of Barra Distillers has unveiled plans for £5M whisky and gin distillery and visitor centre, creating 30 jobs for the island.

Said to be Scotland’s most westerly distillery, the company said the project will generate whisky sales of at least £29.8M in the first decade and an additional £2.2M in the visitor centre’s cafe-bar.

Managing Director Michael Morrison said: “For as long as we can remember, and certainly since we launched Isle of Barra Distillers, we’ve consistently been asked if we produce whisky because of the name Barra and the instant connection people make with the film Whisky Galore.

“A key point to why we feel this (new) distillery will be a success is the vital aspect that we have had a product already on the market for three years, our award-winning Barra Atlantic Gin.

“This is a vital source of funds while running our distillery, but it is so much more than that. We have amassed a large following across social media, close to 50,000 followers.”

As well as creating jobs, the new facility will be powered by renewable energy – built with sustainable materials – and the company aims to develop a green travel plan to limit the number of visitors driving to the site.

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