The Gin Bothy’s bid to give a new lease of life to the site of the former Angus Folk Museum at Glamis has received a boost.
Angus Council’s economic development chief has given the planning application her backing and said it “can only be good for Angus”.
The popular attraction has lain empty since the National Trust for Scotland closed the doors at the end of the 2014 tourist season after it emerged it would cost about £500,000 to repair the buildings.
The Kirriemuir-based Gin Bothy’s owner Kim Cameron wants to transfer the visitor experience side of the business to the Glamis site, pending planning and licensing permissions.
A new visitor centre would be situated inside the former folk museum building at Kirkwynd, which dates back to 1793.
Alison Smith, strategic policy and economy service leader, said: “Creating a space for visitors to experience the local offering, as well as a space to learn about the history and culture of the product, will contribute to an improved visitor offering in the area.
“The addition of this distillery visitor centre and associated facilities will support and diversify the attractiveness of Angus as a tourist destination.”