Forres distillery could go back into production after 32 years

Dallas Dhu - could take Historic Scotland into the whisky production business
Dallas Dhu – could take Historic Scotland into the whisky production business

A WHISKY MUSEUM near Forres is set to turn back time by once again becoming a fully working distillery.

Over 115 years after it was first opened the Dallas Dhu distillery is looking set to go back into production – having stopped serving whisky connoisseurs when Scottish Malt Distillers closed production in 1983.

Reopened 12 years ago as a museum of malt whisky production and operated by Historic Scotland, thousands of visitors continued to be drawn to the historic distillery. Now it has been revealed that an expert survey on the site has been ordered – with real hopes that it might be used for its original purpose once more.

A Historic Scotland spokesman said: “We are currently undertaking work to explore the feasibility of distilling whisky again at Dallas Dhu – building on an initial feasibility study that was undertaken two years ago.

“Subject to the outcome of this work we intend to develop a business case and will progress with the next steps over the coming months.”

If the plan goes ahead it would be a welcome addition to Moray’s tourism industry, with Moray/Speyside Tourisms Margery McLennan saying: “Dallas Dhu is a smaller size that would be popular and attractive to tourists.

“Really, we just have Benromach in the area asides from Dallas Dhu – they do a lot for tourism and it would be good to have somewhere else in that area that tourists can take the opportunity to visit.”