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Environment and Sustainability

At Dunnet Bay Distillery we aim to continuously improve our environmental performance and minimise our environmental impact. It is important to us.

Producing whisky is an energy intensive process and our aim is to minimise our impact.


We will be using a 100% renewable electricity supply. This will be complemented with on-site solar electricity generation, battery storage, and an air source heat pump for our heating requirements.


Our water will be supplied from an on-site borehole with coolant water released into the adjacent Stannergill Burn.


Dunnet Bay Distillers already pioneer innovation in minimising waste/by-products in the form of packaging at its gin, vodka, and rum distillery, and similar environmentally friendly practices will be applied to the creation, bottling, and packaging of Stannergill Whisky. Draff left over from the mashing process will be given to local farms to use as cattle feed, whilst pot ale and spent lees left over from the distillation process will be used as fertiliser on the barley grown in the fields surrounding Castletown Mill.


When Castletown Mill opens to the public, we will encourage visitors to use public transport. We hope to operate an electric minibus to transport visitors between Castletown Mill and our gin, vodka, and rum distillery in Dunnet. Electric charging points will be available to visitors at both sites and bike sheds will be available to cyclists.

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Biodiversity is important to us so we have put in place measures to preserve and enhance the flora and fauna which live on the Castletown MIll site. We hope to introduce a Kitchen Garden and manage the woodland adjacent to the mill building so local plants and animals flourish.

We hope that over time the Kitchen Garden will supply produce to the Bistro at Castletown Mill.

The Bistro menu will showcase the best produce that Caithness has to offer and will reflect the seasonality of local produce.


Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd are not afraid to innovate whilst remaining true to its core values of Authenticity, Flavour, Sustainability and Tradition. Innovation will extend to the revitalisation of Castletown Mill into a new whisky distillery and visitor attraction, the creation of a new Caithness Scotch Whisky, and development of the visitor experiences offered at Castletown Mill.

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Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd is committed to the Framework For Fair Work In Scotland and is an accredited Living Wage Scotland employer



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