Isle of Skye Distillers gift hand sanitiser to all Portree High School pupils and staff on first day back

The island distillers have donated hand sanitiser to all pupils at Portree high school - the only high school on Skye.

Published 12th Aug 2020
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

Owners of the distillery, Alistair and Thomas Wilson (who both attended the high school) have donated their Isle of Skye hand sanitiser to all 580 pupils and staff.

Speaking of the donation, managing director Alistair Wilson said: "Thomas received an email from Portree High school advising on the measures for the children returning as his two sons are pupils there.

"All children are to carry hand sanitiser with them and we thought it would be a nice gesture to donate a 100ml bottle of our Isle of Skye distillers hand sanitiser to the 580 pupils and staff.

"We thought this would give the pupils, parents and staff some reassurance for a safe return to school during this unusual time."

The distillers were one of the first to adapt their production to hand sanitiser, when it became clear there was a shortage at the start of lockdown.

They donated the sanitiser to the island's NHS, police, fire and ambulance service, care homes and those working in the public sector.

Isle of Skye Distillers was launched in 2016 by brothers Thomas and Alistair Wilson, who gave up their day jobs in order to open the island's first gin distillery.

The distillery produces Misty Isle gin alongside a vodka, which was launched in late 2018. This fourth bottling, Misty Isle Vodka, follows the release of three small-batch gins: Misty Isle Gin, Tommy’s Gin and Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin.

The brothers also launched a gin school in 2018 in order to showcase how Misty Isle is made and the importance of provenance in their distilling process - as well as giving visitors the chance to make their own gin.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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