New Gordon & MacPhail whisky distillery planned for Grantown-on-Spey given approval by local authority 

A local authority has granted approval for the design of a new whisky distillery which is set to be built on the banks of the River Spey at Craggan, near Grantown-on-Spey.

Published 11th Oct 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The Cairngorms National Park Authority granted approval for the design at a meeting held on Friday (11th October).

The plans were unveiled last year by the family owned Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd, who trade as Gordon & MacPhail.

The business, which has honed their expertise in Scotch Whisky over almost 125 years, also owns Benromach distillery near Forres.

Craggan distillery
The building has been designed to take full advantage of the outstanding views across the River Spey to the Cairngorms.

The firm say they have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the local community.

Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to have received approval for our plans and we hope to get started very quickly, potentially this year.

Ewen Mackintosh said they are delighted with the response to the design.

“We’re looking forward to becoming part of the local community here. We’ve attended quite a few local events over the last year and been really heartened by the warm welcome we have received.

“As a family-owned business located in the north of Scotland we are very much rooted in our communities and we are keen to develop strong relationships in Grantown-on-Spey and the surrounding area.”

The modern design includes the distillery and warehousing, as well as tasting rooms, a visitor centre with retail space and a coffee shop.

The building has been designed to take full advantage of the outstanding views across the River Spey to the Cairngorms.

The circular nature of the building will disguise much of the day to day working area within the service yard and sedum roofs will allow the buildings to blend into the surrounding environment.

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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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