A NEW whisky distillery could be heading to the Forth Valley area after a multi-million investment was proposed.

Wolfcraig Distillery in Stirling has laid out plans to invest £15million that will incorporate the distillery, an interactive, education-focused family visitor attraction, private tasting room and 180-cover bistro restaurant and bar.

The Wolfcraig Distillery project will tap into Stirling's heritage and is founded by Michael Lunn, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Whyte and Mackay Group and co-directors John Moore and Jamie Lunn.

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.

The building, designed by Opfer Logan Architects, will maximise its location, showcasing a stunning vista across to the iconic Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. It will also harness the latest technologies to ensure that sustainability is at its core.

It will also have the capacity to produce up to 1.5 million litres of spirit per year and will focus on producing premium Wolfcraig Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky in addition to a range of other associated spirits.

The development aims to further establish the city as a major food and drink tourist destination and will complement existing local attractions like Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre and Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Wolfcraig Distillery also plans to operate a shuttle service between the distillery, the train station and Stirling Castle to work closely with these hubs.

Michael Lunn, founder of the distillery, 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."

The distillery's interactive visitor centre will showcase tales of Scotland's national drink, as well as bringing Stirling's colourful past to life.

In addition to tours, plans are also being made to offer a range of different experiences and masterclasses.