Islay distillery plays its part in Johnnie Walker tourism drive
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October 12 2018
Diageo has provided its first indication of how a new Islay distillery could look after staging a public exhibition of its outline plans to overhaul the visitor experience at Caol Isla ahead of a formal planning application.
Simpson & Brown Architects are steering plans for an upgrade of the existing facility as part of a £150m investment package for each of its Caol Ila, Glenkinchie, Cardhu and Clynelish single malt visitor centres. Together each of these attractions will plug into a wider Johnnie Walker tour of Scotland centred on a global visitor experience in Edinburgh.
These plans will see the current warehouse transformed to include a bar boasting views across the Sound of Islay as well as a new footbridge to provide direct access to a new build visitor centre.
A planning application will be lodged with Argyll & Bute Council before the end of the year with work commencing in 2019 should the submission be successful.
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