Moray Council has approved plans to rejuvenate a rural community by creating a distillery and heritage centre, celebrating its role in the birth of the whisky industry.
Members of the Cabrach Trust group were delighted after their £5.3 million proposals were endorsed by planning officials.
Work on transforming disused steadings at Inverharroch Farm is now scheduled to begin next summer, with a target opening date of 2020.
Executive director of the Cabrach Trust Sue Savege hailed the council’s approval as a “major milestone”.
She said: “We are delighted the application has been approved and are looking forward to seeing the plans reach fruition.
“Our new centre will help sustain the local economy by bringing in visitors as well as creating 12 jobs, including training opportunities.”
The trust is now hammering out details of how the distillery will incorporate production methods pioneered in the early 19th century.
They are also in the midst of determining what the “exact blend” of Cabrach whisky will be.
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead said: “This landmark project will put the Cabrach firmly on the map.”