The Isle of Arran Distillery is set to increase its production capacity to two million litres next year with visitor numbers expected to exceed 200,000 by 2020.

The second distillery for the company on the south of the island is on track for completion next spring. The new Lagg Distillery has been positioned next to fields of barley that provide a portion of the malt currently used in distillation at its current site, Lochranza.

Early next year the copper pot stills will be installed in the new facility and this will be followed by the first production run with a heavily-peated spirit that will become in time the flagship Lagg Distillery Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Graham Omand has recently been appointed as the distillery manager of the Lagg Distillery. Omand is the nephew of the Isle of Arran Distillers’ master distiller James MacTaggart. He has been working under his uncle’s guidance at the Lochranza Distillery for more than eight years.

Euan Mitchell, managing director, said: “It is fantastic to see the vision turning into a reality. With just under a year to go until we plan to open the Lagg Distillery, we are delighted to confirm that everything is on target to be completed by spring next year. We are assembling a team, headed up by Graham, which will play an integral role in growing the business and producing rich, earthy and high-quality peated spirit.

“The decision to concentrate on heavily peated single malts at the Lagg Distillery comes after the popularity of our Machrie Moor limited edition range. Being able to dedicate the facility to this style of whisky will enable further innovation, becoming a space where we can experiment with different flavours.”