Highland Park has been part of the Orkney community since our founder, Magnus Eunson, set up his illicit whisky-making enterprise in a little stone bothy at High Park in 1798. 221 years later, we’ll be joining the retail community in the heart of Kirkwall when we open our brand new visitor experience shop in Albert Street, in May.
Our new shop is on the former site of Gorns, a family-owned menswear store that was in business for over 100 years. This additional space will provide a fantastic extension to our award-winning distillery visitor experience and allow us to welcome even more of the visitors who flock to Orkney each year.
As well as a retail space for merchandise and an extensive range of Highland Park whiskies – some of which will be exclusive to the shop and distillery – our new shop will include a private room where we’ll be running training programmes for local bars, restaurants and hotels as well as a gallery featuring a changing exhibition of work by local artists. In keeping with our ambition to support sustainability on Orkney, we’re also developing a new range of merchandise created from reusable materials and we’ve placed a total ban on plastic bags!
We’re delighted that our new venture will help us support our local community too. We’ve seven new members of staff joining us ahead of the opening day and are looking forward to welcoming them to our friendly tribe!