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Johnnie Walker plans for Cardhu and Clynelish transformation submitted

Formal plans for the transformation of visitor experiences at Cardhu and Clynelish Distilleries have been submitted, as part of the Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky investment programme
The Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky investment programme has proposed detailed plans for both the Cardhu an Clynelish Distilleries, the plans are part of a £150m investment in Scotch whisky tourism by Diageo.

Under the investment plans, Cardhu will become the Speyside home of Johnnie Walker and Clynelish will become the Highland home of Johnnie Walker and will be thematically linked to a new global Johnnie Walker visitor attraction in Edinburgh.

Cardhu Distillery

Under the plans the visitor experience at Cardhu will highlight the story of Helen and Elizabeth Cumming, the pioneering women who established and ran the distillery in the 19th century.

Laura Sharp, Cardhu Distillery brand home manager, said: “This is an important step in our plans for the distillery. We have already shared our initial plans with the local community and now we look forward to working with local stakeholders as we progress the planning process.

“Speyside a hugely important part of the Scotch whisky tourism map and we are very excited by the plans for Cardhu, which we believe will bring new visitors to the distillery and to the region.”

Clynelish Distillery

The plans for Clynelish include a comprehensive upgrade of the distillery visitor experience with a new upper floor to tell the Clynelish story, as well as a new bar and tasting area offering panoramic views of the beautiful Sutherland coast.

Jacqueline James-Bow, Clynelish Distillery brand home manager, said: “This is another significant milestone on our journey to transform the visitor experience at Clynelish.

“We have seen great growth in tourism over recent years with the NC500 bringing new visitors to the Highlands. We believe the investment we are making at the distillery will create a major new attraction and help bring more tourists to this part of the world in the future.”

Subject to successful planning permission, work should commence at both distilleries later this year with completion targeted for late 2020.