The proposals will be formally submitted to Argyle & Bute Council later this year
Drinks giant Diageo plans to revive the iconic Port Ellen Scotch whisky distillery on Islay in an “inspiring celebration of quality, heritage and innovation”, as outlined in proposals revealed today to the local community.
The plans, which will be formally submitted to Argyle & Bute Council later this year, were unveiled at a pre-planning consultation event in Port Ellen, giving Islay locals the opportunity to view the proposals.
The community was invited to view the plans at the consultation event and to share their memories and artefacts relating to the historic distillery.
Diageo said the tight-knit community on Islay is intrinsically woven into the life of the island’s famous distilleries, with almost everyone connected either directly or through friends and family with the Scotch whisky industry. Former employees of Port Ellen were amongst those invited along to share in the distillery revival plans.
In October 2017, Diageo announced a £35 million investment programme to bring back Port Ellen on Islay and Brora distillery in Sutherland, both of which closed in 1983.