Aberlour Distillery secures planning permission

New production buildings and reconstruction of the visitor area


Another Scottish distillery got a go for its expansion plans and can start its expansion work: The Aberlour Distillery, owned by Chivas Brothers, has received the green light for the submitted plans from the Moray Council.

On the agenda are a new boiler house, still house, tun room and mash room - the entire production area will be converted and expanded. The modifications also affect future visitor guidance: the routes of previous distillery tours were not separate from those of the supply vehicles. That should change in the future through the reorganization of the Aberlour Distillery site. The rebuilding plans are complemented by the expansion of the visitor car park with the addition of charging stations for electric vehicle and the improvement of the footpath to the distillery including a new timber bridge over the Burn of Aberlour.

The region and its economy should also benefit from the expansion. David Bremner, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said, according to a report by The Press and Journal: “I welcome this significant investment in Aberlour Distillery for the benefit of our local economy. “It will support local jobs and enhance the experience for the many thousands of visitors who are attracted to the region for the world-famous Speyside whisky brand…. The applicants have strived to make sure the development is sympathetic to, and in keeping with, our special landscape area designation – which is vital in protecting the special character and quality of our much-loved landscapes.”

More precise details of the expansion plans have not yet been announced, there is talk of a multi-million dollar project.

To see pictures of the recent Aberlour Distillery visit our distillery database.

Image: Chivas Brothers Ltd.