Visitor centre & distillery cleared for at-risk Caithness mill
June 23 2022
Highland Council has awarded planning and listed building consent to refurbish a 200-year-old B-listed mill in Caithness into a visitor centre and distillery for Dunnet Bay Distillers.
The £4m restoration and fit-out of Castletown Mill is being overseen by Organic Architects who will deliver contemporary additions while retaining the historic fabric.
Currently on the Buildings at Risk Register, the mill was acquired by Dunnet Bay Distillers last year to facilitate the expansion of its neighbouring HQ.
Organic Architects director Andrea Wise said: “This is a rare opportunity for a thriving local business to regenerate this landmark building which has been unable to find a user for decades. The distillery will be powered by green electricity, making it one of the most sustainable distilleries in the UK industry.”
Work will commence in spring 2023 following delivery of a temporary cafe and visitor centre, subject to separate planning consent.
Dunnet Bay Distillers was founded in 2014 by husband and wife team 2014 by husband-and-wife team, Claire and Martin Murray
Locals are being asked to contribute their personal recollections of the mill to be embedded within the fabric of the building
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