Isle of Harris Distillery submit plans for expansion

A planning application for a new bottling and logistics centre and a maturation warehouse in Urgha, Isle of Harris, has been submitted to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar by the Isle of Harris Distillery (IHD).

Published 29th Jan 2021
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The Isle of Harris Distillery has submitted plans for expansion of their site, in an exciting move for the business.

The development is planned for a site 500m to the north of Urgha township, on the Scalpay road, and to the west of the outfall between the Laxdale Lochs.

Documents in the application, completed by John Renshaw Architects, state that IHD requires additional production capability to allow the business to grow, and to meet the demand.

IHD’s growth, the application’s Design Statement adds, requires IHD to introduce one new maturation warehouse in the next twelve months, and anticipates an off-site bottling and logistics facility in 2020/2021, replacing the existing ‘space constrained on-site facility in Tarbert’, with a further maturation warehouse needed by 2021/2022.

The proposed maturation warehouse would be approximately 200m2 in size.

The office and staff facilities would be finished ‘to emulate the design of the existing facilities in Tarbert’ and ‘to ensure that there is a cohesive language and identity for the buildings that form a part of the business’.

Harris Distillery produces the award-winning and much loved Harris Gin, and has a whisky still maturing.

A version of this article first appeared on our sister site, The Stornoway Gazette

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