Dunrobin Highland Distillery Limited (the “Distillery”) is today launching a funding round (with an investment target of £5.5m) and seeks investment partners to help fund its plans to build a new multi-million pound distillery in the grounds of the historic and iconic Dunrobin Castle.
The Distillery is the vision of Elizabeth Costin Sutherland, the granddaughter of the Countess of Sutherland, and the daughter of Lord and Lady Strathnaver, who said:
our goals for the distillery are very ambitious but our family motto is ‘Sans Peur’ (meaning: “without fear and without reproach”) and we are approaching this project in that manner. With respect for my family and the local community’s rich history and tradition, we aim to produce a premium craft, single-estate single malt whisky and gin in the Scottish Highland way. With this business we are also aiming to boost local tourism by creating a unique distillery experience for visitors to Dunrobin Castle and the wider Golspie and Scottish Highlands area.
Dunrobin Whisky and Gin will be an ultra-prestige craft product prepared following the age-old traditions of Scottish Highland distilling whilst using local resources, including barley and botanicals from the Dunrobin Farm and water from the Cagar Foesaig mountain spring which is located on the Sutherland Estate. The Distillery will be one of only a handful of distilleries that will malt and mill a portion of its own barley Elizabeth Costin Sutherland said:
Our focus is on premium ingredients and traditional distilling which is why we have focused our efforts on sourcing and growing our products locally
The Distillery, which includes a visitor centre and local bottling plant, will create at least 8 jobs in the local area. The Distillery and visitor centre – designed by Lachlan Stewart Studio of Tain and made by Forsyth’s of Rothes, Speyside – will be established in the restored, historic powerhouse, located in the woodlands of Dunrobin Castle.
The Sutherland family has a tradition of making whisky having built the Clynelish distillery in the 19th century, which was later sold by the Sutherland family. The 700-year old Dunrobin Castle is currently the Clan Sutherland seat and attracts just under 100,000 visitors each year to its historic gardens and falconry displays. With the success of the North Coast 500 initiative to boost visitors to the Northern Highlands, it is anticipated that these numbers will only increase.
The Distillery has appointed Lazarus Consulting to handle the fundraise.