Set within a 19th century farm on the south east coast of the island of Skye, the distillery was the ambitious vision of the late businessman Sir Iain Noble, who initially achieved planning permission for the project in 2002, however, it is now under the ownership of Mossburn Distillers.
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Built within a Category B listed farm steading, Torabhaig is one of the few remaining examples of quadrangular steadings on the Isle of Skye. It has been restored, converted and extended with the creation of a new purpose built mash house.
Construction began in 2014, and Torabhaig Distillery is now up and running, making whisky since January 2017, and welcoming visitors later in the year.
It has become only the second distillery on island of Skye, the other is Talisker, founded in 1830 in Carbost and owned by drinks giant Diageo.
Neil Mathieson, chief executive of Mossburn Distillers, has said: “Skye is renowned all over the world for its natural beauty and cultural heritage and we believe that Torabhaig will be a valuable contribution both to whisky distilling on Skye and to the island’s continuing attraction to international visitors.
“We have a wonderful property in a beautiful setting looking over the Sound of Sleat to Knoydart. It’s a perfect location for a small, traditional distillery and we look forward to working with the local community to bring our plans to life.”
Mr Mathieson said Torabhaig would be a “valuable contribution” to whisky distilling on Skye. It should also enhance the island’s appeal to international visitors who are drawn by its natural beauty and cultural heritage.
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