Arran distillery given planning permission to create second island site

Isle of Arran Distillery has revealed it has been given planning permission to begin construction of its proposed second distillery on the south side of the island.

Published 22nd Mar 2016
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

Posting on their Facebook page, the company wrote: "We officially got confirmation yesterday that we have received planning permission for our new Distillery in Lagg on the south end of the Isle of Arran yesterday.

"We are delighted and can't wait to get started. We hope you will join us on our new adventure!"

The distilling company unveiled plans to establish a second site on the island, at Lagg on the south coast of Arran, in March, as they expand to accommodate increased production and visitor numbers.

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Picture: Arran Distilery

Now in its 21st year, the distillery is currently adding the finishing touches to expansion at Lochranza including two new pot stills and a blending room.

The potential new location in Lagg will allow for further storage and production as well as a new visitor centre to welcome the growing number of visitors to the island in search of the Arran water of life.


Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd said: “This is a very exciting time for the business. Demand for The Arran Malt continues to grow and each season visitor numbers to the Lochranza site in the north of the island increase greatly.

“Lagg is steeped in the history of whisky making on the island and we intend to uphold that tradition. The area in which we hope to establish our new facility was the location for a 19th Century distillery. It closed in 1837 and prior to our formation in 1995 was the last legal still on Arran.

“We hope that, subject to planning permission, the Lagg distillery will allow us the capacity to introduce more people to Single Malt Scotch whisky from Arran and provide the same warm welcome on the south of the island that visitors enjoy at Lochranza.”

• More information on the new distillery and visitor centre will be released as the project develops.

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