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Our Orkney Home

Soren coastline

Remote, wild and windswept.

our waters are stormy, our winters are long, and no tree can survive here for long... but that just makes for a more harmonious whisky

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.

Did you know?

Map of Whisky Regions in Scotland
We are part Viking, part Scottish, and all Orkney. Orkney lies outside the 5 major whisky-making regions of Scotland and has only 2 distilleries – Speyside has 50, the Highlands have 33 and even Islay, covering roughly the same number of square miles as Orkney, has 8.
Orkney Flowers
Although wind-blasted, thanks to the Gulf Stream, our climate is surprisingly temperate with its lack of extremes (an average of 2°C in winter to an average of 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.