The new bonded warehouse project for Bruichladdich is a blessing for Islay as jobs are very important for the island. It's the only way to keep the Laddie Spirit on the island and with it the bottling hall as well. Without the warehouses there would be a real chance that whisky would be matured on the mainland and the entire bottling hall, with it many jobs, would have to move as well.
In an earlier post I wrote about the warehouse plans. And now, a few months later, work has actually started. The first phase is to build an access road to the site, south of Bruichladdich Distillery. The access road will start next to the BT Exchange, opposite Port Ban, where there used to be a lay-by for visitors of the beach. The lay-bay is now gone as works are in progress. However, as part of the access road plans, there has been agreed that a parking place will be built with parking for 10 or so cars, allowing visitors of the beach a safer parking place than before.
The pictures below were taken this morning and show the area where the works are taking place. And yes, the weather was amazing!
The view looking towards Port Charlotte and BT Exchange
View west from what was the Lay-by