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Plans Announced For Scotch Whisky Distillery At Inverary Castle

Inveraray Castle, seat of the Argyll family and Clan Campbell

Plans have been unveiled for a £25 million scotch whisky distillery on the grounds of Inverary Castle in Argyll & Bute. The proposed Inverary Distillery will produce around 2 million litres of alcohol per annum, and create more than 20 local jobs. 

Inverary Castle is the seat of the Duke of Argyll, Torquhil Campbell, who is also the Chief of the historic Clan Campbell. The castle and estate have long drawn tourists from across the world, something that will be bolstered by the building of Inverary Distillery. 

The plans have been put forward by Argyll Estates and Stock Spirits Group, the owner of the Clan Campbell whisky brand. The popular brand has seen great success in France and other European markets, with 1.2 million cases per year exported to Europe. Stock Spirits Group purchased the brand from Pernod Ricard in 2023. The building of the new Inverary Distillery will allow Inverary single malt whisky to be used in the blend. 

The Plans For Inverary Distillery 

Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chief Executive, Stock Spirits Group (left), Torquhil Campbell, 13 th Duke of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell (right).

In partnership with visitor attraction organization, Argyll Estates, Stock Spirits Group has submitted plans to the Argyll & Bute Council for the 95 square meter distillery. On the grounds will also be a visitor center. Guests can enjoy a visit to the distillery and also take in the surroundings at the stunning Inverary Castle. 

The distillery will be built using local contractors and sustainable resources; Inverary Distillery aims to be “carbon neutral from day one”. 

In addition to this, people in the local area will be consulted regarding the plans and will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed build. 

Subject to planning permission approval, Inverary Distillery could be up and running by 2027. 

Torquhil Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell, said: “Inveraray Castle and Clan Campbell are inextricably linked, with the castle having been the Argyll family seat since the 15th century. To see Scotch whisky being distilled in the grounds will be a significant positive development – for the local community, for the castle and for Clan Campbell.”

Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chief Executive of Stock Spirits Group, added: “Clan Campbell Scotch whisky is an iconic whisky brand that has established strong links with the Duke of Argyll. I am proud that our company has the opportunity to establish a distillery near Inveraray Castle. This investment is an important step for the Group towards having its own single malt whisky production, which will strengthen the Clan Campbell brand and Stock Spirits’ presence in this growing category.

“Our state-of-the-art Inveraray Distillery will be equipped with the latest technologies, including those that are environmentally friendly. Its creation will also benefit the local community in the form of new jobs. We look forward to working with Argyll Estates on this next chapter in the Clan Campbell story.”

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Beth Squires

Beth joined Mark Littler Ltd full-time in October 2020 following the completion of her university degree. Since then she has gained wide-ranging knowledge of all things whisk(e)y, and has written extensively for both company and external publications. Beth is passionate about industry innovation, marketing, and sustainability. With a particular affinity for independently bottled rare scotch, Beth is also a whisky bottle investment specialist.

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