Conserving & Revitalising Castletown Mill

Restoring Castletown Mill
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From Grain Mill to Whisky Distillery

We want to see Castletown Mill flourish again not only as a whisky distillery but also a visitor destination to be enjoyed.  

It will become a centre for art and craft both traditional and contemporary; biodiversity and horticulture research; leisure learning; and a showcase for the best food and drink Caithness and the North Highlands has to offer.

Castletown Mill in 2020

This fantastic footage shot by Multivista was taken in October 2020 and shows the state of Castletown Mill before our project to conserve and revitalise the building began. Take a journey over Castletown Mill and see why we were so inspired to bring this beautiful building back to life.

Our aims for the revitalisation and conservation of Castletown Mill

Safeguarding, retaining, and enhancing the unique character and heritage merits of a nationally important Grade B listed grain mill by revitalising Castletown Mill into a state-of-the art craft whisky distillery and world class visitor attraction.

Creating Stannergill Whisky at Castletown Mill and so making a unique Caithness whisky, which will not only reflect the place where it is lovingly created but also produce a spirit that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the finest whiskies from around the world.

Developing and managing Castletown Mill and Stannergill Whisky sustainably by continuously improving the Company’s environmental performance and minimising our environmental impact in the Dunnet Bay area.

Creating significant numbers of long-term employment opportunities to help reverse population decline and contribute to economic regeneration in Caithness.

Working with the John O’Groats Mill Trust and Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives to research, interpret, and promote the milling heritage of Caithness.

Diversifying the local and regional economy by growing the tourism industry in Caithness and the North Highlands through the development and promotion of whisky-based tourism.

Advancing the arts, heritage, culture, and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects within the Dunnet Bay area through the development of place-based projects, formal education, leisure learning activities and special exhibitions and events.

Developing and promoting tourism in Caithness and the North Highlands of Scotland to contribute to sustainable rural development, economic recovery, and the development of “slow tourism” by working with like-minded partners.

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Latest News

March 21, 2024

The Trusses

As we rolled into the sunny days of August we were delighted to appoint Norbloc Construction as our contractor for the Enabling Works at Castletown Mill.
March 11, 2024

Marching Towards Spring 2024

As we rolled into the sunny days of August we were delighted to appoint Norbloc Construction as our contractor for the Enabling Works at Castletown Mill.
September 15, 2023

An Introduction to the Enabling Works

Join Martin as he introduces the beginning of our works to conserve and revitalise Castletown Mill into the home of Stannergill Whisky! We will record lots of videos along the…
August 25, 2023

And now it all begins...

As we rolled into the sunny days of August we were delighted to appoint Norbloc Construction as our contractor for the Enabling Works at Castletown Mill.
May 16, 2023

A Viking Age Burial Chamber

From the mid-9th century AD, much of Northern and Western Scotland including Caithness, Orkney, and Shetland together with much of Northern England and Western Ireland, was settled by newcomers from…
January 19, 2023

Castletown Mill and Stannergill Whisky into 2023

We are now in the New Year and we thought it was a timely time to bring you a wee update on how our plans are progressing with restoring the…
June 21, 2022

Planning Permission has been granted!

It has been over a year and half since we first announced that we had purchased the 200 year old mill in Castletown with the dream to renovate it into…
February 22, 2022

Castletown Mill Development

We are delighted that we are now at the next stage in the development of Castletown Mill. After a full year of Martin talking with architects, planners, conservationists with lots…

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