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
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United Kingdom


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Lesley Colclough (2 years ago)
Been on a tour of the distillery really fascinating finding all about the process for distilling whisky and sourcing all the ingredients and barrels. Very friendly and informative staff and opportunity to taste the finished product too. Thank you for a great visit
John Schroebel (2 years ago)
This was probably the best distillery tour I have done. The tour was informative, and the guide was very knowledgeable. We were able to see where each step of the whisky-making process takes place. The whiskies we tried were quite good, and we were walked through how to best appreciate them. At the end, we were able to take a whisky glass as a souvenir, which was a nice touch.
Jarod Glover (2 years ago)
A really great tour, fantastic guide and amazing tasting. A unique distillery.
Fairy Duster (2 years ago)
Review explicitly for their tours: For 30 pounds it's a bit short and lacking information, funny stories, anecdotes and a welcoming feeling. It's all a bit technical: Here's the movie, there's the stills, here's fermentation. Any questions? Whiskey is great though and also the tasting was very well presented. It all just feels a bit uninterested and cold.
Marta Dudek (3 years ago)
Amazing trip, tour guid couldn't be better, highly recommended!
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