La­gavulin marks 200 years with spe­cial Is­lay legacy

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IN­VEST­MENT to mark the 200th an­niver­sary of La­gavulin will en­sure Is­lay’s sta­tus at the heart of Scot­land’s story is se­cured and shared with the world.

Whisky pro­ducer La­gavulin con­cluded its bi­cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions on Hog­manay 2016 by launch­ing a spe­cial one- off sin­gle cask edi­tion of just 522 bot­tles to raise funds to in­vest in Is­lay com­mu­nity pro­jects as part of the dis­tillery’s legacy to the is­land com­mu­nity.

All pro­ceeds from the legacy bot­tling will be dis­trib­uted to lo­cal pro­jects, in­clud­ing a do­na­tion of £ 310,000 for Is­lay Her­itage.

The fund­ing will sup­port Is­lay Her­itage in its mis­sion to build a com­pre­hen­sive story of Is­lay’s past based on the is­land’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites and mon­u­ments. This will in­clude en­hanc­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of th­ese sites for ev­ery­one to en­joy. La­gavulin will also do­nate £60,000 to sup- port the Fin­lag­gan Trust, which is re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the is­land’s most fa­mous his­tor­i­cal site at Fin­lag­gan, the home of the Lords of the Isles.

The La­gavulin 200 legacy will also make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to other Is­lay groups in­clud­ing the lo­cal swim­ming pool, cy­ber café, arts and fes­ti­val or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as a new part­ner­ship with the Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds to re­store and con­serve peat­lands on the is­land, adding up to a to­tal com­mu­nity legacy of £ 580,000. Nick Mor­gan, Di­a­geo Head of Whisky Out­reach, said: ‘ We have had a fan­tas­tic year cel­e­brat­ing the 200th an­niver­sary of La­gavulin, both on Is­lay and with the hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple around the world who adore the whisky.

‘Is­lay and its re­mark­able lo­cal com­mu­nity are at the heart of La­gavulin, that’s why we were de­ter­mined there should be a legacy from the an­niver­sary which would di­rectly ben­e­fit the is­land and its peo­ple.

‘ We be­lieve our con­tri­bu­tion to Is­lay her­itage is not only of great sig­nif­i­cance to the is­land it­self but is an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to con­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing the his­tory and her­itage of Scot­land, which is par­tic­u­larly fit­ting given that 2017 is Scot­land’s Year of His­tory, Her­itage and Ar­chae­ol­ogy.’

Steven Mithen, trustee of Is­lay Her­itage and Pro­fes­sor of Ar­chae­ol­ogy, said: ‘Is­lay Her­itage is hugely grate­ful to the La­gavulin 200 Legacy for the sup­port it is pro­vid­ing to fur­ther our knowl­edge about the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites and mon­u­ments on Is­lay. This in­vest­ment in our her­itage will greatly ben­e­fit both the lo­cal com­mu­nity and visi­tors to the is­land.

‘ While some of Is­lay’s sites and mon­u­ments are very well known and ac­ces­si­ble, oth­ers are vir­tu­ally un­known, dif­fi­cult to find and rarely vis­ited. There are no doubt many more wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered which will help tell us more about not only Is­lay’s story but that of Scot­land, Europe and the path of hu­man cul­ture.

‘We are de­lighted that La­gavulin shares our vi­sion to re­veal Is­lay’s past so that it can be ex­plored and en­joyed by ev­ery­one.’

The La­gavulin 200 legacy do­na­tion to Is­lay Her­itage co­in­cides with 2017 be­ing des­ig­nated as Scot­land’s Year of His­tory, Her­itage and Ar­chae­ol­ogy.

The La­gavulin do­na­tion to ac­tiv­i­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing her­itage of the is­land, and specif­i­cally to Is­lay Her­itage, has been wel­comed by Scot­land’s lead­ing her­itage and tourism or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Ge­or­gette Crawford, La­gavulin dis­tillery man­ager.

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