Low carbon distillery to boost Islay's circular economy
October 5 2021
A virtual exhibition for a proposed whisky distillery and visitor centre at Gearach Farm, near Port Charlotte on the Isle of Islay, has given a flavour for what lies in store for the island.
Ili Distillery will build on the island's reputation for whisky by establishing a modern development including on-site renewable energy infrastructure including a hydrogen plant, solar panels, battery storage and wind turbine to bring it almost entirely off-grid.
Local farmer Scott McLellan and landowner Bertram Nesselrode, have instructed Alan Higgs Architect to draw up indicative plans for a cylindrical distillery and visitor centre. A separate warehouse, grain store and support building would also replace dilapidated farm buildings and parking will be offered within a rubble stone sheep fank.
A proposal of application notice has been filed with Argyll & Bute Council with feedback on the work in progress plans invited through to 14 October.
It is hoped construction may begin by summer 2022.
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