Scott Pallets supplies new Harris ‘Social’ Distillery

Scott Pallets supplies new Harris ‘Social’ Distillery

The first shipment of pallets has arrived at the new Isle of Harris Distillery in the Outer Hebrides, marking the start of something beautiful and exciting on the Island!

Scott Pallets’ specially designed  bespoke ‘whisky pallets’ are produced to withstand the particular demands of the whisky industry, such as excessive weight bearing capabilities and an unusually long life span for holding whisky casks whilst the product matures in storage.

John Dye, Product Development Manager at Scott Pallets, said: “We work alongside our customers to ensure that the pallets we manufacture are absolutely ‘fit for purpose’, with a particular focus on health and safety compliance. Our whisky pallets can withstand over 6000kg and are built to last – in fact, we are aware of pallets that we manufactured over 30 years ago still being used. We also use the latest pallet design technology to ensure the structure of the pallets is such that the casks and their precious contents are sufficiently supported.”

Scott Pallets will supply Isle of Harris Distillers from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fife.

The family behind the Scott Pallets business has a strong connection with the Isle of Harris, making this new customer a particularly special one.


Norman Scott, Group Operations Director at Scott Group, whose mother was born and raised on the Island, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with Isle of Harris Distillers. There is a great deal of thought, effort and focus behind the business, and its success will have a significant impact on employment and the wider economy of Harris. We wholeheartedly support the ethos and look forward to enjoying the whisky in due course!”

Simon Erlanger, Managing Director of Isle of Harris Distillers, said: “Due to its industry leading reputation, Scott Pallets was a natural choice when we needed to source pallets on which to store our precious casks on the island. It was a bonus to discover the family’s Harris roots and strong emotional ties to the place and we are delighted to be working with them”.

The Isle of Harris Distillery adds to Scott Pallets’ large portfolio of Scotch whisky customers, an industry where the business has effectively carved a niche as a specialist supplier to this vital Scottish business sector.

Isle of Harris Distillery – company background

Opened in October 2015, at the head of the harbour in East Loch Tarbert, visible to everyone arriving there by land or sea, the first whisky distillery in Harris is starting to make its first whisky spirit.

The concept for the distillery grew out of a realisation that the island’s natural assets could best be harnessed to address its acute economic problems through a project that brings this special place and its qualities to the attention of a wider audience.

Its owners wanted to make a ‘Social Distillery’, with the future of Harris at its heart, not only to enrich the island, creating an enterprise that will thrive for decades and even centuries to come, but to send the magical, elusive spirit of the island out into the world.

As commissioning of the equipment for distilling the spirit for ‘The Hearach’ whisky is in progress, the distillers are busy creating The Isle of Harris Gin.

The aptly-named Tarbert Ten, a group of local men and women, now form the foundation for the day to day running of the Harris Distillery.

Scott Group – company background

Scott Group has grown considerably over the past 28 years through numerous acquisitions and organic growth across the UK and into Europe to become the UK’s market leading and largest pallet supplier and a leading supplier of bespoke packaging and essential trade supplies such as tools and work wear. It also operates a portfolio of commercial property throughout the UK.

Founded in 1987, the Scott Group now employs over 1,000 people UK-wide. The business is committed to ensuring customers are at the forefront of the latest industry developments and thrives on finding the most effective solutions for customers with the aim to provide security of supply, quality products and a professional, straight-talking service at a competitive price.

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