Whisky has long been a prominent part of Orkney's tourist offering, with popular Highland Park Distillery open for tours since the 1980s. Many visitors are unaware that since 2015 there's been the option to see a second working distillery only a stone's throw away from Kirkwall. While Scapa Distillery isn't as attractive inside in the traditional sense and doesn't feature floor maltings, you have a better chance of a more personalised tour here due to lower visitor numbers. We were impressed. Scapa whisky is generally unpeated (unlike at Highland Park), and honey appears prominently in various tasting notes.
|[The distillery overlooks Scapa Bay on the edge of Scapa Flow]|
📌 Scapa Distillery ★★★★☆
Location: A964 2 miles south of Kirkwall, G.R.: HY 434089 ///suddenly.resolved.fermented
Open (2018): Daily, April to September; weekdays, October to March; booking compulsory from early November to mid-March. Closed until approximately May for building work in 2019.
Cost (2019): £12+ (adults) depending on tour type