The local council approved plans for the facility in Moffat, which will be the town's first Scotch distillery, this week. Dark Sky Spirits plans to begin construction of the distillery and visitor centre later this year and hopes to commence distillation in 2021.
Once operational, the distillery – which has yet to be named – will be capable of producing 60,000 litres of alcohol a year and support around a dozen jobs.
Nick Bullard, founder and managing director of Dark Sky Spirits, said: “Even though it’s small, this distillery will make a big difference to our town and our region. It will attract visitors, bring new jobs and boost retail and hospitality trade. It will broaden and deepen Moffat’s attractiveness to whisky lovers around the world.”
Dark Sky Spirits will join a growing number of distilleries producing whisky, gin and rum in the Dumfries and Galloway region, including Annandale, Bladnoch and Dalton.