Plans have been lodged to open a new “boutique” single malt whisky distillery on the Shetland Isles. 

Industry veteran Stuart Nickerson has lodged a planning application with Shetland Islands Council to convert a former RAF site in Saxa Vord, Unst, into a distillery and maturation warehouse. The application, lodged late last month, is under the name The Shetland Distillery Company. 

Nickerson, the former MD of Glenglassaugh Distillery Company, said on Twitter: “Still at (the) early stages but we hope to have a distillery on Unst.” 

If the plans are approved, it will become Scotland's most northerly distillery. A decision on the application is due by 11 November.