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Skye plans are up in the air

Postby Sally Toms » Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:47 pm

Plans to launch Scotland’s first Gaelic-speaking distillery have been put on hold as it awaits planning permission.

Praban na Linne, owners of the Gaelic Whisky collection, has lodged a planning application for a proposed distillery in the southern Sleat peninsula on the Isle of Skye.

The proposal will see a 200-year-old semi derelict, listed farm steading transformed into a state of the art distillery, called Stal Thorabhaig – meaning hill by the bay.

Discussions are also on going with the Sleat Community Trust to investigate powering the distillery from renewable energy resources, which could also be shared with the community.

Sir Iain Noble, Praban na Linne chairman, said there were plans to make the Gaelic language feature strongly at the distillery.

He added: “We hope our staff will be Gaelic speakers, making it the working language of the distillery, and Torabhaig will become the only Gaelic-speaking distillery in Scotland.”

Other benefits to the island’s southern community will include a visitor centre and agricultural feed by-products from the distillation process.
Meanwhile Gaelic Whisky’s Poit Dhubh was given the honour of being chosen by top London department store Harrods in be included in its prestigious Truly British promotion, which ran until October.

The limited edition bottling is a 30 year old, selling at £130 a bottle.

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