Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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The excitment in the Raasay air was palpable - as was the lingering smell of whisky.

Crowds flocked to attend R&B Distillers' official ceremony today (Saturday 16 September.)

The Distillery will open its doors to the public next month.  Work is still to take place on the Distillery, but it was more than ready to receive its many visitors for the ribbon cutting today.  

The Isle of Skye Pipe Band gave some very special performances when coming on and off the ferry.  

The Pipe Band marched along with the crowd up the hill to the Distillery.

The Distillery building was originally Borodale House Hotel, but had been disused since 2006.  

The official speeches and ribbon cutting took place at the back of the distillery, with opening words from Alasdair Day and Dave Broom.

Once the ribbon was cut, the crowds flocked inside to admire the shiny copper and chrome interior.  

 

Tomorrow's whisky bubbled enticingly.  

 

Champagne and delicious canapés, as well as whisky samples, awaited the visitors.  

Mary Strachan performed on the clarsach, adding a musical flavour to the afternoon.  

Whisky was passed round in a quaich, symbolising the binding effect whisky has on a community and a culture.  

The soon-to-be offical entrance glistened in gold as it awaits its completion.

A drinks reception was held yesterday (Friday 22 September) aboard the Midnight Rose yacht, giving those who attended a chance to meet the Distillery founders: Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie.  

The Isle of Skye Pipe Band ended the day as it began - with a vibrant march.  

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