McGrigor welcomes start of construction of first Harris distillery

Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP, today responded to news that construction work has begun on the first whisky distillery on the Isle of Harris.

Jamie said:

“This is tremendous news for the island of Harris, and it will be another focal point of interest for tourism and could provide twenty local jobs, which means a great deal in a rural community.

“I remember when Burr Bakewell, the founder and chairman of Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd, came to see me in Parliament with the idea several years ago and I agreed to become a friend of the projected distillery.

“It is wonderful when an inspirational idea of this magnitude comes to fruition instead of languishing on the shelf.  I congratulate Burr Bakewell for his entrepreneurial role in this project, and look forward to tasting my first Hearach as soon as it is ready.

"Slainte to this exciting project”.

Learn more about the project by visiting the Isle of Harris Distillery website and the Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) website