New distilleries set for our region

The race is on to set up the first distillery in the Scottish Borders in nearly 180 years. The news comes as the Lake District is set to get their first distillery in 150 years.

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New distilleries planned for our region

Whisky, it's a product commonly associated with the Scottish Islands and Highlands, but now companies are planning to use the natural resources that our region has to offer and distill it here.

There are plans afoot for three distilleries in different parts of the Scottish Borders and not to be outdone, investors South of the Border are also hoping to tap into the whisky industry, which is worth £4billion a year worldwide.

Jenny Longden has this report.

Plans for a new Tweed Valley distillery

Tweed Valley could be home to a new multi-million pound distillery Credit: ITV News Border

Making whisky needs water and space, something the Tweed Valley has plenty of.

And it's because of this that Alasdair Day want's to turn a farm at Walkerburn into a £5million distillery.

The news comes as Mossburn Distillers have been in talks with Scottish Borders Council to open a £40million venture near Jedburgh.

Work is also underway in the Lake District to open it's first distillery in 150 years.


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