Highland Park Distillery Tour in Orkney
Highland Park Distillery Tour in Orkney

Highland Park Distillery Tour in Orkney

Highland Park distillery stands proudly in Orkney’s remote and remarkable landscape on the high ground on the southern edge of Kirkwall. You can walk in the footsteps of pioneer Magnus Eunson, with several very well-reviewed whisky tours – all featuring a dram or two at the end for all those over 18. As one of only a few distilleries to hand turn their malt by hand and using peat with a high heather content from the nearby Hobbister Moor, Highland Park whisky boasts warm wintery spices that are engulfed in waves of smoky honey, fruitcake and heather. Their acclaimed 12-year-old has won many awards, including Gold at International Spirits Challenge 2020, Gold at The Scotch Whisky Masters 2020 and Gold at The Scotch Whisky Masters 2019.

Where can I sample the award-winning Highland Park whisky?

Nothing beats tasting whisky in the distillery it is made! Highland Park distillery was founded by Magnus Eunson, a church officer by day and a smuggler by night - his contraband operation was based from his bothy on the High Park above Kirkwall where the Highland Park now stands.

Alfred Barnard recounts the best-known Eunson anecdote in his book Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom (1887); “Hearing that the Church was to be searched for whisky by a new party of excisemen, Eunson had all the kegs removed to his house, placed in the middle of an empty room and covered with a clean white cloth. As the officers approached after their unsuccessful search in the church, Eunson gathered all his people around the whisky, which, with its covering of white, under which a coffin lid had been placed, looked like a bier. Eunson knelt at the head with the Bible in his hand and the others with their psalm books. As the door opened, they set up a wail for the dead, and Eunson made a sign to the officers that it was a death, and one of the attendants whispered “smallpox”. Immediately the officer and his men made off as fast as they could and left the smuggler for some time in peace.”

  • Distillery tours are run Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm or 3:30 pm
  • Whisky Tastings are also available featuring their vintage whiskies
  • Visit the Highland Park store at 58 Albert Street, Kirkwall
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