Highland Park Distillery

[Highland Park floor maltings]

Perched on a hill in Kirkwall's southern suburbs, Highland Park is Scotland's northernmost distillery and by far the most popular of the two on Orkney Mainland. This isolated position at Scotland's edge is probably a factor in the distillery retaining its own floor maltings (with resident rat), kilns (with resident nesting swallows) and extensive on-site warehouses (with resident cat) still used today. The basic tour is excellent value - including a short film, comprehensive tour including maltings, still house and warehouses, plus tutored tasting. Being allowed to keep whisky glasses used for the tasting is an unexpected bonus.

[Silent season at Highland Park]

Name: Highland Park Distillery ★★☆
Location: Holm Road, south side of Kirkwall, G.R.: HY 452095 / openly slopes bundles
Open (2017): Daily, May to August; weekdays, September to April - best to book, especially in high season
Cost (2017): £7.50+ depending on tour type

[Highland Park warehouses, Wideford Hill beyond]

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