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The Cairn

Cairngorm National Park’s first new-build distillery

Landscape view of the distillery under construction

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Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom


Gordon & MacPhail



The Cairn is the first new-build distillery located in the Cairngorms National Park. Whisky will be produced in this state-of-the-art distillery, which also includes a visitor centre, bistro and bar area.

Cundall has been involved since the very early stages of this project, providing multi-disciplinary engineering services. The design has been inspired by the National Park it resides in with features such as a green roof and earth mounding. Nestled on the bank of the river Spey, the distillery has been designed to reflect its environment.

Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail, Ewen Mackintosh, explained: “After many years of preparation, planning and construction we look forward to finally opening the doors to members of the public, and in particular the local community, who have been so supportive since the project was first announced.

“Having secured such a beautiful and awe-inspiring location overlooking the River Spey towards the Cairngorms, we wanted to create a building which complements the majesty of the environment. We are delighted with the result, and we look forward to sharing it with visitors from all over the world.”

Key fact

The distillery will release its first whisky in 2034


Key fact

Whisky will be released under the brand name CRN57, as the distillery sits on 57 degrees latitude from the equator


Neil Dely in a dark suit in the Edinburgh office with glass and planting in background

Neil Dely

Partner, Structural Engineering

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This has been a fantastic project to be involved with. I am pleased the Cundall team has played its part in delivering appropriate and considered engineering solutions. By working closely with Gordon & MacPhail, we have brought their vision to life with this exemplar distillery and visitor experience in a stunning location.