Construction work has begun on Islay's newest whisky distillery

Construction has begun on the newest distillery on Islay with the project firmly on track for its launch in early 2018.

Published 12th Oct 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The company behind the new Ardnahoe Distillery project have released pictures of the construction work taking place on the main site on Islay.

Speaking in a newsletter to whisky fans, Hunter Laing & Co. said: "The late summer months have been busy at Ardnahoe, but we’ve been at that stage of the construction process where although we’ve been doing a lot, the visual scene at the site hasn’t really changed.

"We’re happy to report to you however that the building foundations are now complete, and Ardnahoe will definitely be built on solid ground."


Directors Scott and Andrew Laing pose in front of the steel work that will be used to build Ardnahoe. Picture: HL & Co

The foundations have already been built and the steel framing is set to go up in due course, with Hunter Laing adding that the next step of the process is the "erection of the steel frame of the building itself".

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The release was also accompanied with pictures of directors Scott and Andrew at steel fabricators J&D Pierce of Glengarnock, posing beside the steel beams that are set to be trucked over to Islay.


The steel framing waiting to be shipped. Picture: HL & Co.

The rest the steel framing was then pictured laid out in one of the Ayrshire steel company's warehouses waiting to be loaded up.

Hunter Laing stated that in total they would be sending "five trucks of steel framing across", which will then "be erected in phases".

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The team finished by adding: "In November we’ll be bringing the stills down from Elgin, which will be a special and probably emotional moment.

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"The distillery will begin to feel very real at that point. Don’t worry if you won’t be on Islay to witness this occasion, we’ll be recording it for posterity."

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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