Drimnin Estate Plans
Future plans for Drimnin Estate are designed to continue the policies that have guided its activities in recent years, which are to ensure that it is sustainable in environmental and economic terms, contributing to the vitality of the local community and conserving the landscape, buildings and unique ambience of the area.
Plans for a new small distillery for single malt Scotch whisky are well advanced. The distillery will occupy the historic farm buildings adjacent to Drimnin House, producing a premium single malt using renewable energy from wood chip harvested in the Estate forests and creating employment for local residents. Visitors will be welcomed from Morvern and by boat from Mull and passing yachts, with a tour that will include a tasting in a conversion of the old greenhouse with spectacular views over Tobermory and Mull and out to the Atlantic. The distillery is being developed by an associated company, Drimnin Distillery limited.
It is also hoped to generate green electricity on the Estate through a run-of-the-river hydro scheme in the upper reaches of the Mungosdail River, for which feasibility is currently being finalised. Extensive use is already made of renewable energy to heat properties, including a large automated log boiler for Drimnin House.
A long term forest plan has recently been completed which aims to achieve economic viability for the commercial forests, conservation of the ancient native woodlands and the planting of new woodland, in particular on the northern bank of the Mungosdail River.
The old drovers’ inn at Doirlinn is scheduled for restoration within the next few years.