Bendochy distillery plans will be welcome
Many people in this part of Perthshire will welcome the news that Kythe Distillery Ltd plans to build a whisky distillery at Hills of Bendochy.
With the opportunity of using locallygrown barley and providing employment, this private enterprise should give a big boost to the area by putting Blairgowrie on the whisky map of Scotland.
Although the newspaper article in the October 10 edition said that the distillery will not be open to the public, let’s hope that in future the company will come to appreciate visitors who are likely to show an interest in their product and seeing it made.
The article in the Blairgowrie Advertiser said that the applicants will be using the services of Edinburgh structural engineers Blythe and Blythe, who already have an established reputation for constructing fine commercial buildings.
Imagine if it was possible to walk from Coupar Angus to the distillery.
All that is needed is a walkway over the River Isla, which could be accomplished if an experienced firm like Blythe and
Blythe was asked to design and construct a walkway on the old railway bridge piers.
Along with some low cost, creative, track clearance, the approval of the landowners and some willpower from the local authority this could be the chance to create the first stage of a long hoped for walkway/ cycleway between Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus.
Even if it is not possible to make it a condition of approval to re-instate a crossing over the River Isla, at least the idea has been floated and it must be hoped that the publicity surrounding this application and the good will that it is likely to engender should give encouragement towards the creation of a long overdue walkway/ cycleway between our two communities. Sandy Main, Kinloch