Cairn Distillery installs largest green roof in Cairngorm National Park


The Cairn Distillery has revealed the installation of a new green roof – one of the largest green roofs ever installed in Cairngorm National Park. The design allows the building to blend seamlessly into the stunning environment and has transformed the distillery.

At 900 square metres, the green roof uses sedum – a plant that is easy to maintain and requires little water and few nutrients – ideal for use in green roofs as it is very resilient and can even survive drought.

The Cairn is a second distillery for Gordon & MacPhail. The family firm, that owns Benromach Distillery at Forres, announced its intention to build a second distillery in 2018. Work started on site once restrictions on construction were lifted in July 2020.

Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director, welcomed this important stage in the construction, saying: “The building itself is now wind and watertight and the installation of the sedum roof has transformed it.

“We were originally drawn to this site because of its stunning surroundings and it was important to us the distillery should sit well within this world-class landscape. The sedum roof is just one of the design features which makes this possible.”

The sedum roof was installed by Inverness-based Wyvis Roofing. Founded in 2012, they have grown to become one of the largest roofing contractors in the region, undertaking roofing projects across the Highlands, Islands, Grampian, and Perthshire.

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