From Tractors to Tuns

After introducing our guest manager Shona Macleod last month, we thought it was about time you met another vital member of our team, the man charged with handling the many and varied challenges inv

A spring in our step

view from the jetty

As the days start to stretch we find ourselves with a spring in our step here in Tarbert, the longer days providing a welcome boost after the challenges of winter weather.

A place by the sea

The Clisham and a digger

While the new distillery in Tarbert remains the beating heart of our whisky making plans, we’ll also be drawing inspiration and influences from all over the beautiful isle of Harris. One such examp

Meet Shona Macleod, Guest Team Manager

Shona on the croft

The Harris Distillery will be The Social Distillery, a busy, working building but with open doors and a genuine welcome for those who wish to join us.

Our elemental nature

Na Fir Chlis from warehouse site at Ardhasig, Isle of Harris 17.03.15

Terra, aqua, aer, ignis and aether, the five elements of antiquity from which the world was once thought to be made.

Seasonal jobs available

Now that we have our permanent team in place, we are looking for a special group of people to welcome our guests during the summer season. The details are below.

Introducing Our Storyteller

Real people are at the heart of what we do.

Gli alambicchi sono arrivati (the stills have arrived)

Convoi exceptionnel

Early Monday morning, through icy drizzle, the ‘convoi exceptionnel’ crawled into the village of Tarbert at the end of an eight day journey from Italy, snow and gales having slowed its progress.

The arrival of the distillation equipment

Wash backs arrive in Tarbert

This week a steady stream of low-loaders has been making its way over the sea to Stornoway and then southwards to Harris and the village of Tarbert, carrying the first of the machinery which will p

Open day for local residents

As the Social Distillery, we always keep the residents of Harris informed of our plans and invite them to offer their thoughts and suggestions.

As the year draws to a close....

...we thought you might be interested to see the distillery from a different angle! The giant door stands open to receive the equipment necessary to produce our Isle of Harris spirits.

Building the team

Since we last wrote, we have been successfully recruiting more of the team.

Today marks a milestone in the development of the Social Distillery.

Isle of Harris Distillers are delighted to announce that one of the main aims of the project, "to be of benefit to the local community" will take a step forward today with the first employees takin

Further progress on site

It's been two months since we showed you work in progress.

The stills take shape

For several weeks now, a small team of craftsmen in a picturesque village near Siena, Italy, have been shaping sheets of copper into vessels which will distil our Isle of Harris spirit.

Recruitment begins

The aim of the distillery is to create sustainable employment for the Isle of Harris.

Summer returns to Tarbert

After our contractors battled through one of the wettest Augusts on record, they were rewarded this week by the return of glorious sunshine.

The main building starts to take shape

As the steel frame of the main distillery building is erected, we start to get an impression of its final shape and dimensions.

Rising from the ground

Today is World Whisky Day, so what better occasion to show you how things are progressing!