Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP has met with the Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland, Alex Paterson, to discuss the future of Dallas Dhu distillery.

Mr Lochhead has previously called for the distillery to be transformed into a national centre of excellence for whisky and has pressed for distilling to start again at the historic distillery. 

The most recent talks were positive, with Historic Environment Scotland committing to coming back to the MSP with a plan for the building by the end of the year.  Mr Lochhead understands that work is well underway on drawing up proposals for the distillery’s future and distilling is very much being considered as part of the plans.

Moray’s MSP has welcomed this progress, saying:

“Dallas Dhu is unique in that it is the only historic distillery in the country and it is clear to anyone who has been there that it has a tremendous amount of unfulfilled potential.

“I’ve been calling for agencies involved in the running of Dallas Dhu to put in place a plan that will allow it to meet that potential for quite some time now, and I’m delighted that there now seems to have been some real progress on this.

“With Moray being home to over half of the whisky produced in Scotland it is a no brainer in my mind that we should have a National Centre of Whisky Excellence here, and Dallas Dhu absolutely fits the bill. It would undoubtedly be a massive boost for the Forres area, the local economy and tourism. 

“I will be meeting with Historic Environment Scotland again once these proposals are published and I will be pushing them hard to be hugely ambitious in their plans Dallas Dhu.”