Photograph of Lagg Distillery showing the external view and surrounding landscape.
Lagg Distillery & Visitor Centre



7 Wellington Square



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Situated on the South Coast of the island of Arran, we recently designed a new distillery, visitor centre and bonded warehousing with the intention of serving as a new stand-alone brand for our client, the Isle of Arran Distillers.


The proposed site had the benefit of a stunningly atmospheric backdrop, featuring Ailsa Craig and the Kintyre Peninsula. The clients' aspiration was to harness these views and showcase the beautiful copper stills, creating a building which people could associate with the island.


Isle of Arran


Isle of Arran Distillery




June 2019

Our client asked us to create a sustainable and contemporary design that would become an iconic landmark on the island whilst maintaining the identity of a traditional whisky distillery.

Public consultation formed an integral part of the planning and design process for the new distillery. Positive feedback was received that not only would the building hope to contribute largely to the tourism industry on the island, but it would also offer job opportunities for the local community.


We took a multi-faceted approach to this brief, making sure the end result was a place where visitors were able to connect with the surrounding rural environment and celebrate its unique geographical setting.

External photograph of Lagg Distillery, showing surrounding landscape and skyline.
Photograph showing the view from the bar inside Lagg Distillery.
Photograph showing the impressive copper stills inside Lagg Distillery.
Photograph showing the interior of Lagg Distillery, including whisky tasting tables and chairs.

Materials and finishes

The building form drew inspiration from the landscape on the Isle of Arran, specifically celebrating the form of Glen Rosa. We brought this inspiration to life by way of a green sedum roof, creating a strong connection to the landscape. On approach, this feature works in harmony with the landscape and surrounding topography.


At the clients' request and true to our ethos, this design aimed to use locally sourced and natural materials where possible. We selected an organic material palette, including Scottish Larch cladding and Scottish Sandstone.


The single folded roof, covered with a sedum blanket, contains a mix of plants that change colour with the seasons. With the environment at the forefront of this project, we included a heat recovery system to form the distillation process. We also designed a holistic ecological treatment system that would make use of the wetland plants and a willow coppice.

Render image of Lagg Distiller from the outside, showing the surrounding barley fields.
Diagram showing the roof massing at Lagg Distillery.
Proposed elevation drawing for Lagg Distillery.

Consciously considered design. Hover or tap on the white dots on the above image to explore.

Drone photograph showing Lagg Distillery from above, featuring the surrounding landscape and the sea beyond.

Growing with the land

The sedum roof has a life expectancy of around 50 years, giving it a lifespan that outperforms a number of alternative roofing options considerably.

Respecting the environment

To meet the requirements of the design concept and vision equally, we were conscious to preserve surrounding trees, hedgerows and field boundaries.

Accessibility as a priority

Each area of the site has been designed with accessibility in mind, and provision has been made for disabled parking, coach parking and cycle parking.

Consciously considered design. Hover or tap on the white dots on the above image to explore.


Appearing to break out of the very ground of the site itself, our final concept proposal celebrates the form of the famous silhouette of Glen Rosa, a feature of the Isle of Arran seen from the Ayrshire coastline.


The project was completed in June 2019 and has attracted various award nominations. It continues to attract interest from visitors travelling across the globe and is fast becoming one of the best-known buildings on the Isle of Arran, much to our clients' delight.

Photograph of Lagg Distillery, showing the restaurant area and customers enjoying the view out to the sea.
External photograph of Lagg Distillery, showing surrounding landscape and beautiful sunset.

Project team

Staff member working over a computer in Denham Youd offices.

Steven Denham

Founder and Managing Director

Staff member considering material choices during a client meeting in Denham Youd offices.

Chris Youd

Architect Director

Project collaborators




Fit out contractor


Distillery Specialists

Woolgar Hunter

Structural and Civil


M&E Engineer



Quantum Solutions

Cost Consultant




Interiors and Experience Design

CDM Scotland

Principle Designer 

David Barbour


Euan Mitchell

Managing Director, Isle of Arran Distillers

Denham Youd have excellent attention to detail and are always responsive and willing to offer constructive advice in the best interests of the client.

Euan Mitchell

Managing Director, Isle of Arran Distillers


Highly Commended

The Planning Awards 2017


Architecture Tomorrow 2016


Scottish Design Awards 2020

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