Highland Park Distillery

Orkney, United Kingdom

Highland Park distillery is the most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland, half a mile farther north than that at Scapa distillery. The distillery was founded in 1798, presumably by Magnus Eunson. The name of this whisky does not refer to the area of Scotland known as The Highlands, but rather to the fact that the distillery was founded on an area called 'High Park' distinguished from a lower area nearby.

Highland Park is one of the few distilleries to malt its own barley, using locally cut peat from Hobbister Moor. The peat is then mixed with heather before being used as fuel. The malt is peated to a level of 20 parts per million phenol and then mixed with unpeated malt produced on the Scottish mainland.

In 1984, Highland Park was the only whisky ever to have scored a rating of 100% by the regular tasting team of The Scotsman, a national newspaper of Scotland.

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A961, Orkney, United Kingdom
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Founded: 1798
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michgellie (2 years ago)
Excellent. We arrived last summer with 13yr old but couldnt do tour. Came back in october a day after his 14th birthday and did the Viking Soul tour. Amazing to see the old and new kilns and the malt floor. Great tour guide who was funny and very clued up and witty. Drams were great too. All in all very good.
Peter Bickerstaffe (2 years ago)
Wonderful guided tour from a very pleasant and knowledgeable young lady. I'm new to Whisky and learnt to appreciate Highland Park whisky even more. Thank you.
Martin Kupka (2 years ago)
Great distillery tour with Viking heritage (great shout out to our tour guide Charlie - she was the absolute best). Highly recommended. If you drive ask for the driver's kit for 4£ in advance.
David Berg (2 years ago)
Great tour - visitor friendly layout and the right amount of info on the distillation process to satisfy the casual Scotch whisky fan. Tour guide Charlie was great!!
Michelle A (2 years ago)
Good tour but it was the 'silent' season so no moving or working parts. A lot of people going through and lucky to get a spot due to a cancellation. Good to see a traditional distillery.
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