Distillery gets the green light

Derek and Kerry Campbell

HUSBAND and wife team Derek and Kerry Campbell, have been given the green light to build Scotland’s northernmost mainland whisky distillery.

The pair have secured planning permission for their new micro-distillery on the northern coastline near John O’Groats. The distillery is scheduled  to open in 2021.

With the capacity to produce up to 60,000 litres of whisky per year, the distillery will house a visitor centre and bonded warehouse on its 32,670 square foot site overlooking the Pentland Firth.

Construction will be supported by a £198,000 grant from Highland and Islands Enterprise.

Kerry Campbell commented: “With traditional methods at the heart of our plans and an ambition to showcase whisky distilling in John O’Groats to the world, we are looking forward to opening doors to our micro-distillery in due course.”

Keith Muir, head of business growth for Caithness and Sutherland at Highland and Islands Enterprise said: “Tourism and food and drink are two key industries in Caithness, and this project features both. As well as producing a brand-new whisky, it will enhance the area’s wider visitor offering.”