Plans for new Clynelish visitor center unveiled

Diageo is pushing ahead with its £150 million investment program

Plans for the expansion of the Clynelish visitor center become more and more concrete: on March 12, residents and political representatives of Brora and the surrounding area were invited to a presentation at the Clynelish Distillery, where they were introduced to the proposed construction project. It's not just about refurbishing the current visitor center, but also about extending it by adding a new floor, a bar and a tasting area.

This expansion of the Clynelish visitor center is part of a large-scale investment project: In April 2018, Diageo announced that they will invest £ 150m during the next years to expand the visitor centers of its distilleries. The focus is on Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Clynelish as the "Four Corners of Scotland", the aromatic cornerstones of whisky blending as representatives of the Lowlands, Speyside, Islands and Highlands. And last but not least, there’s the new Johnnie Walker Visitor Center in Edinburgh, whose plans were presented a month ago (we reported).

It is expected that Diageo will soon apply for the official planning permission and construction will begin later this year. Construction work will not be a new experience for the people working here on site and around: Just a stone's throw away, renovation work has already started at the mothballed Brora Distillery, whose re-opening is planned for 2020 running.

Image: Diageo / an artist’s impression