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Remote, Wild And Windswept

Orkney proudly stands apart.

Soren coastline

OUR VIKING HOMELAND

Unquestionably remote, our fiercely independent islands once sat at the crossroads between powerful Nordic and Scottish cultures and were ruled by the Viking Kings of Norway and Denmark.

A cluster of islands scattered in the cold north sea

Orkney Coast

10 miles from the northernmost reaches of the Scottish mainland lie the scattering of 70 or so islands which make up Orkney. They were settled by vikings over 1,000 years ago. To this day, only 20 are inhabited. Here the conditions are ruthless. Elemental. Tough for making a living, but perfect for making whisky.

58.9847°N

 

WIND, THE WHISKY MAKER

windswept scotland

Our beautiful yet isolated cluster of islands is pounded relentlessly by winds that frequently reach speeds of over 100mph in the winter. No tree can survive such an onslaught. It means that our moorland peat is woodless but rich in fragrant heather, which produces the unique aromatic smokiness of our whisky. Here in Orkney, unrelenting winds make for unbelievable whiskies.

VIKING HARMONY IS DUG OUT AND SMOKED, ONE SHOVEL AT A TIME.

Soren peat stacking

For over 220 years, we’ve smoked our barley over 4,000-year-old peat, hand-cut from Hobbister Moor, just 7 miles from our distillery. No other distillery in the world uses peat like ours. Our dense, heather-rich peat burns slowly, and with an astonishing intensity, to create a complex floral aroma in our kilns – the origins of the intensely balanced, smoky sweetness found only in Highland Park.

Map of Whisky Regions in Scotland

DID YOU KNOW?

Orkney lies outside the five major whisky making regions of Scotland and has only two distilleries – Speyside has 50, the Highlands have 33 and even Islay, covering roughly the same number of square miles as Orkney, has eight.
Orkney Flowers

DID YOU KNOW?

Our climate is surprisingly temperate with its lack of extremes (2°C in winter to 16°C in summer) perfect for a long, even-paced whisky maturation in our island warehouses.
Orkney Peat
From the heathery Fogg layer down through the dense, compacted Yarphie to the ancient coal-like Moss, the core of our peat dates back 4,000 years. We cut it out, one shovel at a time… and occasionally with a mechanical digger. Regardless, it’s still not easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.

Our Viking Roots

The Vikings didn’t leave Orkney. They became part of it and part of us. Their story is our story.

Our Distillery

Visit our distillery to meet the modern-day Viking descendants who make our whisky.

Our Whisky

EXPERIENCE THE DEPTH, CHARACTER AND UNEXPECTED HARMONY OF OUR WHISKIES.