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Scapa Whisky Distillery

Located on the banks of the famous "Scapa Flow", Scapa Whisky Distillery was used as an ammunition for the British Army during world war I.

Address  :KIRKWALL, Orkney KW15 1SE

Telephone  :01856 872071

Fax  :01856 876585

Owning Company  :Allied Distillers Ltd.

Production Status  :Mothballed 1993

Established  :1885

Source  : Lingro Burn and local springs

Age when bottled  :1984

Cask Woods  :Ex-bourbon barrels

Tasting Notes  :1983, 40%

Nose  :Delightful aromatic bouquet of peat and heather. Slightly rich.

Taste  :Medium-bodied with a malty, silk-like finish. Good, long-lasting flavour.

Comments  :After-dinner, but only from the independent bottlers. The Navy rescued Scapa from destruction by fire during WWI.

Description  :In a picturesque setting overlooking Scapa Flow, the Scapa distillery was established in 1885 by Macfarlane and Townsend. It was acquired by Hiram Walker in 1954, and is now operated by Allied Distillers Ltd, but was mothballed in 1994. It uses water from the Lingro Burn and nearby springs, and has two stills. The whisky produced here is used in Ballantine's blended Scotch Whisky, but there is also the Scapa Single Highland Malt, which is a clean, medium-bodied, firm whisky. Tours can be made of the distillery by arrangement only.

Directions  :On A964, 2 miles SW of Kirkwall, Scapa, Orkney.

Rating  :***

Opening Hours  :Tours by arrangement only.

Opening Days & Times

Tours by arrangement only.




St Ola, Kirkwall


KW15 1SE

Contact Phone

+44 01856 872 071

Travel Directions to Scapa Whisky Distillery

On A964, 2 miles SW of Kirkwall, Scapa, Orkney.

Friday, 27 November 2015