Historic Fettercairn Distillery set for expansion

Fettercairn Distillery, which dates back to the 1800s. Picture: Wikimedia/CC

Fettercairn Distillery, which dates back to the 1800s. Picture: Wikimedia/CC

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A WHISKY giant has lodged plans to expand one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries.

Whyte and Mackay wants to redevelop and extend Fettercairn Distillery, which has been in operation since 1824.

The work would include a 60sqm expansion to the ground of first floor of the distillery - which would result in an increase of production.

In a report to planners, Ian Gallacher of property consultant GVA James Barr, said the works would have an economic benefit for the village of Fettercairn, near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire.

He said: “Overall, the package of works will redevelop the distillery and offer more opportunities and tourism activity.

“In line with the principles of the Local Development Plan, the increase in production which the proposed works will allow, will increase investment in the local area and enhance the visitor opportunities for those members of the public touring the facility.”

The project will also see work to the building’s interior.

Mr Gallacher added: “The building currently operates as a successful distillery as it has done since 1824, therefore the principle of an extension to this existing building, is in our position acceptable.”

The distillery was founded in 1824 by Sir Alexander Ramsay.

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