Community distillery cheers growing visitor numbers

From left: Drew Hendry with distillery general manager Graham Eunson and Tomatin chief executive Robert Anderson
From left: Drew Hendry with distillery general manager Graham Eunson and Tomatin chief executive Robert Anderson
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Tomatin Distillery in the Highlands is raising a glass after its visitor centre welcomed 40 per cent more customers last year compared to 2014, following recent investment.

Turnover from the attraction jumped by 50 per cent to £580,000, which is to be reinvested back into the centre, with plans for further facilities on site such as a new film about the distillery and the people that live there.

The community-based distillery, 16 miles south of Inverness, has 80 per cent of its staff living and working at the site in 30 distillery houses.

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Drew Hendry, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, paid a visit to the visitor centre to help celebrate its success.

He said: “The whisky, the beautiful scenery and the people make it unique. It is no wonder the centre has been attracting so many people each year.”