On Monday 13th June, award-winning Scotch whisky brand, R and B Distillers, commenced their momentous endeavour – to build the first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay. With construction now underway, R and B plan to open, and begin production, in April 2017.
In February 2016, R&B Distillers received permission from the Highland Council to build a distillery on Raasay, where illicit distilling was once rife. The island’s Victorian ex-hotel, Borodale House, will now be converted into a visitors centre and luxury members’ accommodation with adjacent distillery. Having subsequently secured grants for the distillery build from the FPMC (Food Processing Marketing and Co-Operation Grants Scheme), and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise, for the development of a visitor’s centre, construction for this long-anticipated project can at last commence.
With the distillery set to open and begin production in April 2017, the first single malt from Raasay will be bottled in 2020. R&B Distillers predict that they will produce 150,000 bottles of Scotch whisky a year while the distillery and visitors centre is projected to bring 12,000 visitors a year. to this remote corner of Scotland.