Two Scottish distilleries are to be brought back to life after Diageo pledged to invest £35million in them.
Brora and Port Ellen, which are known for producing some of the most highly sought after Scotch whiskies, are expected to be reopened by 2020 after they were closed in 1983.
The distilleries are among Diageo’s smallest and will make around 800,000 litres of alcohol per year.
Cask filling and traditional warehousing will be included on both sites which will also have dedicated visitor centres.
Diageo’s decision is in part a response to calls from whisky fans who have campaigned for years to reopen the ‘lost’ distilleries which have earned cult status.
The firm said it also reflects strong growth in the single malt whisky market and is an opportunity to create new generations of whisky lovers.
Diageo’s head of whisky outreach, Dr Nick Morgan, said the chance to bring them back to life ‘is as rare and special as the spirit for which the distilleries are famous.’