A SITE with planning approval for a Scotch whisky distillery, bonded warehouse and visitor centre on the site of a now-demolished, never-occupied “ghost village” in Argyll has been put up for sale, with offers of more than £500,000 sought.

The 25.48-acre waterfront site at Portavadie, on the site of the former Polphail Village that was built during the 1970s oil boom to house workers in the industry but was never occupied, has been brought to market by agent Baird Lumsden.

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The agent, which declined to name the seller, noted the site has building-warrant approval as well as planning permission for a distillery, bonded warehouse and visitor centre.

Portavadie, which is around three miles from the village of Tighnabruaich, has a marina and leisure complex which includes a hotel, spa and restaurant.

Jennifer Campbell, of Baird Lumsden, said: “Historically, the site was home to the unused Polphail Village, which was built in the 1970s during the expansion of the oil industry.

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“Its removal has been of significant environmental gain and the cleared site is now offered to the open market with full planning consent and building warrants to establish a distillery in an area of outstanding beauty.”

She added: “The new distillery and visitor centre, which will be designed in the traditional vernacular Scottish style, will make a highly attractive addition to Scotland’s whisky heritage.”

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Tighnabruaich is a stopping-off point for the famous Waverley paddle steamer.

Baird Lumsden is the the rural property arm of Scottish independent chartered surveyor DM Hall.