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Designs revealed for new Moray visitor attraction

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Brand new architect’s impressions of a new £6.5 million visitor attraction in Moray have been unveiled.

The Heritage Centre will showcase the key part that the Cabrach has played in Scottish history, with key features including a museum of illicit whisky and smuggling: a learning centre and historic working distillery which would have been in operation in the Cabrach in the 1830s.

The new Heritage Centre will be constructed at Inverharroch Farm in the Cabrach, eight miles from Dufftown. It is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors a year and provide the equivalent of ten full time jobs.

Cabrach history

In the 1700s and 1800s the hills and glens of Cabrach concealed dozens of illegal stills, and smuggled whisky from the Cabrach became highly sought after for its superior quality. The scale of the black market led to a change in the law in 1823 which legalised commercial whisky stills, creating the global Scotch whisky success story we know today.

In the 20th century the local population was decimated by two world wars and the remaining families were forced to abandon their farms due to the lack of menfolk. From a population of around 1000 people, just 70 remain today.

Bringing history to life

Heritage Manager of the Cabrach Trust, Dr Peter Bye Jensen said: “It’s exciting to see our plans for the Cabrach taking a big step closer with the architectural designs for our Heritage Centre. The Cabrach has played a central role in Scottish history: it was the home of Jacobite rebels, its illegal whisky trade led to the Scotch whisky industry we know today, and its people fought in the country’s great wars but all this was in danger of being forgotten.

"The Heritage Centre will bring that history to life and unveil the secrets of the Cabrach through interactive exhibits where visitors will travel back in time to experience life in this harsh but beautiful place.”

The designs for the new heritage centre have been created by Forres-based LDN Architects on behalf of the Cabrach Trust. 

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