A Skye distillery will see its visitor centre transformed as part of a radical overhaul of its site.
Talisker distillery, in Carbost, has been granted permission by Highland Council to make changes to the maturation warehouse, with which the visitor centre shares space.
The centre’s entrance will be modernised and moved to the south facing side and will be accessible from the newly completed 215 space car park.
Distillery owners Diageo say this is part of their drive to improve visitor experience at Talisker.
And they claim the new entrance will create a “far better sense of arrival, clearly signposted from the new car park”.
The drinks giant says it wants the centre to be a much more immersive experience, creating “a new generation of attraction where people can meet the craftsmen and craftswomen who make the world’s greatest spirit”.
Other than some minor upgrades, the warehouse building will remain largely unchanged externally, with the old entrance made good to match the existing wall.
Plans to create a new cafe at the distillery have also been lodged with the council, prompting concern from residents about traffic management at the entrance to the car park.
Diageo in talks with the council to ensure comprehensive traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures are put in place, including the implementation of a 20mph speed limit on the B8009 surrounding the distillery, to ease public concerns.