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Professor is bringing distillery 'back to life'

The man behind the transformation of a whisky distillery in Dumfriesshire says he wanted to bring it 'back to life'.

Whisky hadn't been produced in Annandale for nearly 100 years, until the first cask was filled on Saturday (15th November).

Professor David Thomson and his wife Teresa Church bought the distillery in 2007.

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Dumfriesshire distillery produces whisky again

Co-owner David Thomson cheers as the first cask is filled. Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfriesshire distillery which has not produced single malt whisky for almost 100 years has filled its first cask.

The multi-million pound transformation of Annandale distillery. Credit: ITV Border

The Annandale distillery is bringing 16 jobs to the region after being transformed into a visitor attraction in a multi-million pound development.

The first cask was filled yesterday and will be matured over 10 years.

The cask will now be matured over 10 years. Credit: ITV Border

Full Report: Annandale Distillery to open in 2014

Scotland's most famous export could soon be bringing tens of thousands of tourists into Dumfries and Galloway.

The newest distillery in Scotland will be opened near Annan next year after a multi-million pounds investment.

It is the brain child of a former chemist who aims to create a tourist attraction at the distillery.

Professor David Thomson believes up to 50,000 people could visit.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Annandale Distillery to open next year

The newest distillery in Scotland will be opened in Dumfries and Galloway next year, after a multi million pound investment.

The distillery, near Annan, dates from the 19th century but closed ninety years ago.

David Thomson works at the distillery and he says it is brilliant for the building to be given a new lease of life:

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Scottish tourism boss visits Annandale Distillery

Scottish tourism boss Dr Mike Cantlay is visiting the site of the Annandale Distillery in Dumfries and Galloway today.

The historic buildings of the former distillery, which closed 90 years ago, have been fully restored over the past two years and work is due to be completed this month.

The site is expected to become one of the region's major attractions and is scheduled to open next year, in time for Homecoming Scotland.

Dr Cantlay will also open a new luxury accommodation development for visitors to Gretna Green.