Scapa Distillery Opens Its Scotch Whisky Operation Doors To The Public

One of Scotland’s northern most islands producing whisky is Orkney. Known normally as the home to popular distillery Highland Park, there is also another Scotch maker there that until recently was not really open to the public. Times change though even in remote areas, which is what brings Scapa distillery to recently unveiling a new visitor’s center.

Scapa Distillery

image via Scapa Distillery

Scapa, across its 130 year history, was a whisky workhouse only and not something Scotch drinkers had a chance to see the behind the scenes workings of. With the new visitor’s center, however, those who go to check it out will be able to get a tour, according to the distillery,

of the traditional, manually-operated production methods, including the only whisky Lomond still in Scotland, and a walk along the front of the distillery to see the Scapa Flow, the natural harbour separating each of the Orkney Islands. 

Visitors also have the opportunity to explore a traditional Orcadian warehouse as well as to taste the revered Scapa 16 Year Old expression, which is available to purchase in the visitor centre gift shop.

It makes sense in today’s increasingly whisky friendly world Chivas Brothers would make this move, especially given the fact its combined gin and Scotch whisky visitor centres attract over 100,000 people every year.

“We are very excited to be able to offer Scotch aficionados, locals and tourists alike the chance to immerse themselves in the Scapa experience for the first time,” said Caroline Mitchell, Visitor Centres Manager for Chivas Brothers, in a statement. “Located on the shores of the breath-taking Scapa Flow, our boutique distillery’s visitor centre will provide our guests with an educational experience in a natural environment and we look forward to welcoming them to one of the most remote and beautiful locations in Scotland.”

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