Blessed with two distilleries, Orkney is well placed to be on the whisky trail for every lover of good quality spirit.
Highland Park is one of the few distilleries to malt its own barley, using locally cut peat from Hobbister Moor.
Both whisky’s are used in blends found on many high streets.
Whisky is made from malted barley, fresh water, yeast, wooden casks and time.
Centuries of craftsmanship goes into producing what appears on the surface to be a simple drink. However, as you try the many single malts from all over Scotland you begin a journey through history and countryside.
It is worth over £2,000 million in export earnings every year.
Both distilleries on Orkney have a strong heritage.
Highland Park started on the island in 1798. The history of Scapa distillery begins in 1885.
Whisky produced on the Island is classed as belonging to the Highland region of whisky production.
This is one of the largest regions geographically and this is reflected in the varied tastes offered in the final dram.
Being close to the sea and blessed with fresh air and fresh flowing water from nearby rivers, the whisky produced on Orkney has broad appeal.
Spirit produced at Scapa is seen in some circles to be of a simple nature, lacking the complexity of those bottled at Highland Park.
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Contact details for Highland Park
Tours not available ( Feb 2010)
Further whisky information
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) promotes, protects and represents the interests of the whisky industry in Scotland and around the world.
Scotland’s West Coast Whisky Trail –
Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail – The only malt whisky trail in the world (Speyside).
List of over 40 distilleries to visit – pdf download
Whisky Introduction film – Highland Park
Whisky 101 How to do a Tasting – Highland Park Single Malt