High spirits

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Arran Gin is coming home to be produced at a brand new micro-distillery.

That’s the great news this week from the team behind Arran Gin who always pledged that their gin would be entirely crafted and produced on the island.

In order to get up and running, the fledging company created the botanicals for the distinctive Arran Gin which is presently being produced at famous Glenshee Craft Distillery in Perthshire.

But all that is about to change. Stuart Fraser and the team have bought the old Nature Centre at Cladach and the site, once the existing building is knocked down, will be turned into a micro-distillery and visitor experience.

That is because they want to do much more that just produce gin. The beachfront location is ideal to take visitors on foraging walks and then turn their harvest into their own unique spirit.

It is a bold and ambitious move which will not come cheap, which is why there will be a crowdfunding initiative launched, which we expect more details of over the summer months.

In the meantime, with a new whisky distillery at Lagg and Arran Gin taking it to the next level, it is not surprising spirits on the island are high.