Castletown Mill distillery conversion to forge a new seat of industry
February 2 2022
A disused Highland mill is set to give rise to a new distillery under plans filed by Dunnet Bay Distillers and Organic Architects.
The 200-year old property in Castletown will be subject to a £4m refurbishment to accommodate a distillery and visitor centre, a stone's throw from the companies current headquarters.
Run by husband and wife team Claire and Martin Murray the distillery owns the Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka brands, acquiring the mill last year to provide expanded premises to cater for recent growth.
Claire Murray said: “As the new custodians of the Mill, we’re excited at the prospect of regenerating and breathing new life into the building. We are keen to tell its story and to add to the wonderful history as we hopefully move to re-establishing the Mill as a proud Caithness landmark once again."
Andrea Wise, director of Helensburgh-based Organic Architects, added: “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. Historic Environment Scotland has been consulted during the design process to ensure that the necessary changes are as appropriate as possible for the old Mill."
Planning consent has already been achieved for a temporary visitor centre, cafe and shop on a nearby site to be operated on an interim basis.
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