A photo of snow clearing in the Cabrach from the Press and Journal, December 1970

A photo of snow clearing in the Cabrach from the Press and Journal, December 1970

It might seem a bit quiet from the outside, but as usual much has been going on here at the Cabrach Trust over the winter months.

Our membership scheme, means that now over 100 people have joined the Cabrach Trust, making our voice even stronger and helping to achieve our mission of regeneration of the Cabrach.

Distillery plans are on track with the final specification for the distillery almost complete and next year, working with the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Herriot Watt University and with Wm Grant & Sons, trials will take place determining the precise ingredients and flavour profile of the Cabrach whisky. And you thought that whisky was just water, yeast and barley…. Well there’s far more to it than that as I’ve discovered!

Plans for a project to document and share the unique culture of the Cabrach are also afoot and working with Robert Gordon University, the Elphinstone Institute in Aberdeen, and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, we will be launching a local heritage project shortly.

Weather has been a bit challenging in the last few days as snow fell and temperatures dropped to well below freezing at minus 15 degrees. All of which served to remind us all of how ‘out there’ it can get up here and why the Cabrach can so easily get cut off from the rest of Moray in a hard winter.

Despite the excitement of snow, we’ve all been busy in the office, posting out lots of grant applications to help us get the funds in next year’s activities. Next year we plan to start on refurbishment of the buildings at Inverharroch and on constructing the distillery.

We’ve been successful in gaining grants from a number of funders, including; Clashindarroch Community Fund via Foundation Scotland, the William Grant Foundation, the Reekimlane Foundation, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Rural Housing Fund. And we’ve still got a few more irons in the fire which we hope to have a decision on shortly.

All of these grants means that in the New Year we can start our work on preparing all of the technical and detailed design work for the distillery and the buildings and once we have the Building Warrant approved by the council, we can invite you all to our ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony later in the year.