A DISTILLERY could be built near Stirling in a £15million project if given the go-ahead.

The Wolfcraig Distillery project is looking to tap into the area's heritage with plans for a whisky experience at Cambusbarron.

Plans for the site call for a distillery; an interactive and education-focused family visitor attraction; a private tasting room; as well as a bistro restaurant and bar.

The idea comes from Michael Lunn, former chairman and chief executive of Whyte and Mackay Group and co-directors John Moore and Jamie Lunn.

He said: “Our distillery will encourage visitors and tourists to spend more time in and around Stirling, helping to boost both the local and national economies.

“In addition to producing a premium highland single malt, we want to offer a state-of-the-art immersive experience for people of all ages and knowledge levels.

“Our research indicates the distillery could attract around 90,000 visitors in its first year given its proximity to Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

Subject to planning approval, construction is expected to get underway in spring 2021 with the distillery set to open its doors in summer 2022.

It is anticipated that the distillery will employ around 50 full-time staff members.

Marion MacAllister, of Cambusbarron Community Council, added: “Cambusbarron Community Council have met with the directors of Wolfcraig Distillery and we look forward to seeing their final plans and learning more of their ambitions.

“It is good that they have chosen to be part of our community and wish to celebrate our history and culture.

“A development like this brings infrastructure to the community with the possibility of employment and training for our residents.”