Jed valley distillery

The secret plans for a new £40m development near Jedburgh, first revealed by The Southern on Thursday, have now been confirmed as a scheme for a distillery.

Fronted by former Scotland and British Lions rugby legend, Finlay Calder, the proposals for the site of the former Jedforest Hotel, were outlined to local stakeholders

at a meeting in nearby Glendouglas Hall on Thursday night.

Edinburgh-based Mossburn Distillers Ltd, the company behind a proposed new whisky distillery on Skye , is behind what would be the first whisky distillery in the Borders.

The proposals, which also include a visitor centre and restaurant, are now with Scottish Borders Council for consideration.

Local MSP John Lamont has welcomed the proposals, which it is hoped would create up to 50 jobs.

“These plans represent a simply phenomenal investment in the Borders, and show that our region is still an attractive place for large companies to put money into,” said Mr Lamont.

“The proposals put forward by Mossburn Distillers are extremely exciting and would provide a huge boost to the Borders economy.

“Not only would it see tens of millions of pounds invested in the Jedburgh area, it would create several job opportunities for those living nearby.

“In addition to the increase in tourism we would undoubtedly receive, I am very hopeful that this development will prove to be great news for the Borders.”