WE’RE KATE & JONNY AND IT’S GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE.
We started North Uist Distillery in 2019, the result of a long held dream to build a vibrant new distillery on our island home.
As islanders, both of our families have long held ties to the area - earning a living from both land & sea. We wanted to honour this proud tradition whilst also creating something exciting and new, looking for a way that we could create new employment opportunities, attract more visitors to the Outer Hebrides and bring back Whisky production to the place we both were born.
Everything we do at North Uist Distillery Co. is inspired by our beautiful island surroundings. A keen surfer, one of Jonny’s main driving forces for running his own business was to be able to take a break and go surfing whenever the waves are good. For me (hello, I’m Kate) I love nothing more than diving into the sea for some open water swimming - the perfect way to blast the cobwebs away. Having both grown up on the island we know that our surroundings are important. For us, it’s all about making a good life for yourself and for others too and that’s exactly what we aim to do here. That’s why people are such a big part of our story and integral to all that we do. The humble & hard working nature of island life inspires us to be the best in all that we do while never forgetting to enjoy the journey along the way.
When we took ownership of our brand new distillery building at Nunton Steadings on Benbecula, we were very aware of what an important part it had played in the lives of many islanders throughout the years and we are very proud to be the new custodians and hopefully continue the rich tradition of island stories by adding some of our own as the years progress. It means a lot to us when people take an interest in what we do, and one of the best ways to do that is by signing up for our Island Dispatch email newsletter which we send out around every 3 weeks (sometimes more, sometimes less!) which keeps you up to date with some of the stories from our distillery and island life in general from North Uist, South Uist, Benbecula & beyond.
Thanks for taking an interest in our distillery and for joining us on our journey. It truly does mean a lot.
Kate & Jonny