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Low carbon distillery to boost Islay's circular economy

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October 5 2021

Low carbon distillery to boost Islay's circular economy

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. 

Development will intrude as little on the landscape as possible
Development will intrude as little on the landscape as possible
Ili is the oldest name for Islay and is inspired by ancient standing stones found on the site
Ili is the oldest name for Islay and is inspired by ancient standing stones found on the site

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