Stories of Lagg wanted as it looks to the future
The search is on for old photographs and stories which will help to bring the new distillery at Lagg alive with local history from days gone by.
The south of Arran has a rich history of distilling – both legal and illegal – and it is that story that Faye Waterlow, Lagg visitor experience manager, is looking to bring to life and involve the island community in telling the turbulent tales of the past.
Faye, who was the visitor centre manager of Lochranza Distillery for the last eight years, and the rest of the Lagg team, are searching for images or stories which could bring the walls of their visitor centre to life.
The focus will be placed on the land, the sea, the kinship and community and the history of distilling – both legal and illicit – with tales of the daily lives of island ancestors living from 1800 to mid1900.
The team at Lagg Distillery and Visitor Centre are interested to hear from anyone who has any accounts or pictures which connect to this idea of community and kinship or to tales related to illicit distilling on Arran.
Furthermore, the Lagg Distillery and Visitor Centre team are looking for amateur photographers with contemporary images from south Arran.
The images should capture the ‘spirit’ of the southern region of the island with a focus on landscapes through the seasons.
If they are in any way related to whisky or the whisky production process, then all the better.
The photographs are to be displayed within the visitor centre, accompanied with a short introduction panel to the artist themselves and contact details should any of the visitors wish to contact the photographer directly.
Work on the Lagg Distillery and Visitor Centre is over half way through.
The custom-made copper pot stills, which will produce the signature Lagg Single Malt, arrived in late September and have now been fully installed within their new home.
The distillery now awaits the arrival of its traditional wooden washbacks in order to allow production to commence towards the end of February next year.
In more general terms, the top layer of the ‘green’ roof has been laid down, the external steel structure is complete with both internal and external stonework ongoing.
The entire building is expected to be wind and water tight sometime in the next few weeks, just in time for the arrival of the winter months.
If anyone has anything to share, or if they require any further information, please contact Faye Waterlow at [email protected]ranwhisky.com or on 01770 830334.
The Bauder roof of the distillery at Lagg is nearing completion as BHC Ltd crack on with the main contractor work.