Stirling Gin has been given the green light to create the first gin distillery and visitor centre in Stirling.

The company has had planning permission approved by Stirling Council’s planning department, and it will now look to complete the conversion of the former ‘Old Smiddy’ blacksmith premises in the Lower Castlehill area of Stirling into its first self-owned production premises.

The former Victorian Blacksmiths has at various times over the last 160 years has been a church meeting hall, a ‘wireless’ repair shop and a blacksmiths.

Stirling Gin’s co-owner, Cameron McCann, said the £150,000 investment would provide up to eight new jobs at the company.

He said: “We will be making a six figure investment in the Old Smiddy and are delighted to play a part in the regeneration of such an historic part of the city and also to be putting down significant roots in our home city and growing Stirling Gin where it belongs, in Stirling.

“Obviously the Castlehill area is such an historic part of Stirling and I guess it is maybe appropriate that we are going to be opening up the first ever distillery in the city up there.

“Everyone at Stirling Gin is committed to making sure we become an integral part of the business community and hopefully a force for good in all the other aspects of the community we want to get involved in and support.”

The first batch of Stirling Gin was distilled in October 2015; the gin is infused with hand-picked Stirlingshire nettles, basil, lemon peel, orange peel, juniper and angelica root.

For Christmas 2017 the producer set up a Stirling Gin Pop-Up Gin Shop in the local Thistles shopping centre, and it said this proved to be a “sell-out success story day after day”. The company has already said it plans to do the same next year.