Planning permission granted for Port Ellen Distillery

An important milestone is reached on the way to reopen the iconic Islay distillery


Whisky fans have been excited about news on the project since first information were revealed about plans to reopen the Port Ellen distillery on Islay. These days we learnt: Yes, things are going on! With the granting of the planning permission by the Argyll & Bute Council, Diageo has taken a big step forward and can now start making the plans for the whisky distillery reality.

The building application for the reopening of the world-famous Port Ellen distillery was submitted in May 2019 (we reported here). The planned combination of tradition and modernity is to be realized using different stills: a pair of pot stills will copy the old style of Port Ellen whisky, while with another pair of smaller stills Diageo wants to experiment and create "more modern styles".

From Georgie Crawford, who changed from Lagavulin to Port Ellen to lead the distillery as a Master Distiller and to be part of the planning and construction phase already, said: “We are delighted to have reached this important milestone in our journey to bring Port Ellen back into production” and “We are incredibly excited to begin the next phase of the project and to make our long-cherished dream of restoring Port Ellen distillery a reality.”