Wednesday, July 29, 2020


The Uist Distilling Company, has today announced plans to build a £6.5 million whisky distillery at Gramsdale on Benbecula.

In addition to distilling single malt whisky, the new distillery will also produce rum and gin, each with a unique Hebridean flavour. 

The Uist Distilling Company announces plans for new distillery
The Uist Distilling Company announces plans for new distillery

The plans for the distillery complex include pioneering and innovate low carbon technologies in the design, build and distillation process.

The building design will incorporate large glazed areas on either side of the building, showcasing the copper whisky stills and visitor centre. This will allow whisky-lovers from around the world to take in the truly magnificent views of North Uist’s white sandy beaches, the Monach Isles and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the hills of Harris to the north and the Isle of Skye to the east.

The distillery complex will also include a visitor centre with a food outlet, championing freshly made local products.

Commenting on the news, Angus A McMillan, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Uist Distilling Company, said: “The new distillery aims to be a champion of all things Hebridean and Scottish and will provide a huge boost to tourism in the area. We want to produce whisky, rum and gin that will put Benbecula and the Hebrides firmly on the whisky tourist trail, while introducing the products we make to a national and international clientele.”

He went onto say: “I want to build strong relationships with other island distilleries so that we support the economic prospects of Scotland and our wider international industry.”

A planning application will be submitted this week to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), with production hoping to start in early 2022.

Posted by Steve Rush