A NEW whisky distillery is set to join the famous Speyside line up after being given the go ahead by officials.

The distillery, which will include a visitor centre and warehouse, will be built near Grantown, Moray.

It will join the six existing distilleries in the Cairngorms National Park - Dalwhinnie, Glenlivet, Tomintoul, Royal Lochnagar, Balmenach and Speyside.

The parent company of the Benromach distillery in Forres, Gordon & MacPhail, is behind the new venture.

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It will have a maximum production capacity of two million litres of spirit - or 100,000 cases of whisky - annually.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CPNA) granted planning permission for the new distillery at a meeting in Boat of Garten on Friday, subject to conditions including sustainable transport links.

Eleanor Mackintosh, CNPA Planning Committee convener said: "This is a major development for the area and this will be the first malt whisky distillery to be approved by the Cairngorms National Park Authority since it was established in 2003."