Dallas Dhu closed distillery seeks investors

‘Silent’ Speyside distillery Dallas Dhu could potentially restart making whisky again after Historic Environment Scotland put out an appeal for “interested parties” to help develop the site.

Closed since 1983, HES has managed the site as a museum but in recent years there have been various murmurs of its potential reopening as a fully-fledged distillery once more.

A spokesperson for HES said: “We have recently published a public contract notice inviting expressions of interest in exploring opportunities at Dallas Dhu.

“Given the unique nature of the site, we are keen at this stage not to limit the scope of potential interest, so interested parties can apply either on their own, or as part of a group, as well as submitting ideas for different parts of the site.

“The aim is to look at opportunities to explore different options to build on Dallas Dhu’s distinct heritage and offering, to encourage opportunities for use which will enhance the site and its existing visitor offer.

“Once ideas have been submitted we will then move to create a shortlist and explore the ideas in more detail.”

Investment in the site is not just limited to its resurrection as a working distillery but also developing the area used for storing casks, an extension to the visitor centre and the introduction of a whisky academy.

If it does eventually reopen as a distillery however, it will be the fourth silent site to restart following Brora, Port Ellen and Rosebank last year.

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