Whisky bonanza lifts spirits in Campbeltown
May 24 2023
Campbeltown's whisky resurgence continues with plans for another distillery being brought to the attention of Argyll and Bute planners.
Witchburn by Brave New Spirits will transform a disused RAF base at Machrihanish to accommodate overspill from nearby Islay, where new distilleries compete with established providers for scarce water resources and limited electricity capacity. This conflict has prompted a desire to encourage new distillers to look further afield across the Kintyre peninsula.
Gareth Roberts, founder & director of Organic Architects, commented: “The Witchburn Distillery, located between Campbeltown Airport and Machrihanish Village, will be powered by 100% green renewable energy sources and the latest in heat and energy recovery systems.
"This particular building was formerly used by the US Navy Seals. A firing range and equipment stores will be replaced by copper pot stills and spirit vessels. The tall parachute drying tower is now transitioning to the happy use of whisky cask maturation – brightly painted it will be the most prominent part of the new whisky brand, making a peaceful transition to its new use.”
Last year plans were showcased for a town centre distillery as part of a reawakening of interest in Campbeltown as a seat of whisky production.
There is a PPP application being considered for a 75-bed hotel just north of here too, hopefully Kintyre is on the up!
Sure, there are people with technical expertise and critics on design, but shouldn't anyone have the right to share their personal opinion on whether they appreciate the appearance of something? Or are we going to enslave ourselves hegemonic structures when it comes to something that should be simple and subjective like personal taste?
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Tourism spin-off from the whisky trail will be beneficial too.