Sto­ries of Lagg wanted as it looks to the fu­ture

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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]­ran­ 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.

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