PLANS have been submitted to the council for a new craft beer brewhouse and visitor experience in a Borders town.

The proposals, submitted to Scottish Borders Council earlier this month, outline the intention for a “small scale microbrewery” on Innerleithen's Traquair Road.

A “new tap room retail and visitor experience” is also included in the plans put to the council by Durty Brewing – a company set up during the coronavirus pandemic making craft beers “inspired by the trails and wonderful landscape of the Scottish Borders”.

A design statement submitted to the council states: “The brewing facility on the site will be small scale, only producing product to be consumed within the tap room and in local establishments.

“The main brewing production for the company will be in another off-site location elsewhere.

“Visitors will be able to participate in tours of the brewery facility before sampling the finished product in the tap room.

“In addition to new jobs, it is intended that the facility will add to the tourism and visitor destination experience of the Tweed Valley.”

The plans outline the intention to have the craft beer brew kitchen in the existing single storey extension at the rear of the property.

The brew kitchen will generally produce around 1000 litres per week, brewing one day per week, according to the design statement, with 90 per cent consumed on-site.

Occasionally “special” beers brewed on-site will be transported off-site, but the majority of larger scale brewing will be off-site, the statement adds.

The tap room and bar will be in the existing shop unit at the front of the property, according to the plans for the Traquair Road site.

It can hold up to 20 visitors, the plans state, with the opening days likely to be Thursday to Sunday.

The design statement states that the “premises are currently out of use and dilapidated” and have been vacant for “some time”.

It adds that the owner of 4 Traquair Road is “fully supportive” of the plans to refurbish the site and return it to productive use.