Spring lambs keeping warm in the steadings at Inverharroch

Spring lambs keeping warm in the steadings at Inverharroch

Spring is always a great time to be tidying away the old and getting on with the new, and that’s just what we are up to at the Cabrach Trust.

Its’ been quite a tough winter up in the Cabrach and even now, its snowdrops rather than daffodils that are pushing through the ground, but Spring is definitely in the air and with it we are making our plans for the next phase of work at Inverharroch.

We’ll shortly be appointing a design team and consultants to take us through the next stage of work on preparing Inverharroch for building work to start. We’ve also been working with woodland consultants, TreeWild, and renewable energy consultants, Locogen, to develop ways to make the distillery and heritage centre as environmentally friendly as possible once operations get underway. Before long, and once the snow is finally gone for good, we’ll be getting our woodland planting underway and later in the year installing a solar PV system to provide all our energy needs.

We have a new website up and running for the distillery, www.cabrachwhisky.com, and working with academic partners at Herriot Watt University, the next stage in designing the distillery will be to look at flavour profile and ingredients. With luck a little tasting might be in order.

Other work just about to get off the ground is a whole series of heritage workshops for residents and members. This project funded by the William Grant Foundation will help us to safeguard and document the very special history and heritage of the Cabrach. It will also provide us with vital material for the heritage centre exhibitions.

And we will shortly be very busy recruiting our new project team, which including a project administrator and a development director.

Keep an eye on the Cabrach Trust’s website and facebook pages to stay in touch with these and other future developments.

Thank you to all our funders who have made this work possible, including:

Forestry Commission Scotland, Rural Housing Scotland, Community and Renewable Energy Scotland (CARES), William Grant Foundation, Foundation Scotland through the Vattenfall Clashindarroch Community Fund, the Reekimlane Foundation, the Woodland Trust and our anonymous donors and members.