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Highland Park Distillery

Holm Rd | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands KW15 1SU, Kirkwall, Scotland
44 1856 874619
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Ranked #6 of 11 Activities in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Breweries, Factory Tours
Description: Home of "The Best Spirit in the World"
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Elmira, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Toured Highland Park again this summer. Nice little tour as only 6 of us in the tour. Short film followed by a tour of the facility. Tour guide very knowledgeable and we tasted a wee dram at end of tour and kept our Highland Park scotch glass. Only downside was that malting floor was empty so didn't see them turning... More

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Oslo, Norway
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I bought the Magnus Eunson tour as a gift for my husband and it was money well spent. The tour was for only a few people so there was plenty of time to ask questions and look around. Our guide was excellent and taught us a lot not only about Highland Park whisky but how to taste a whisky to... More

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Pat R, Manager at Highland Park Distillery, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review on your visit to Highland Park. It is nice to hear that your husband's birthday present was well received and that you both learned something about nosing and tasting whisky. I hope you continue to enjoy our Brand for many years to come. I will pass on your kind words to our senor guide... More

Lapua, Finland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you are single malt fan this is the place to visit. Nice tasting and tour. Easy to find a lot what you'll like.

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Pat R, Manager at Highland Park Distillery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our distillery. We appreciate your kind words and hope that you come back and see us again soon. More

Rosemarkie, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We did the standard tour which went to the same places as every other tour. The tastings at the end were obviously different to our 12 year old. The visitor centre was the usual smart place displaying all the wares. The distillery was as black inside as outside. No welcoming atmosphere here, pretty bleak. Our guide was uninformed and unable... More

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Pat R, Manager at Highland Park Distillery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to our distillery. I am sorry you found the site dark and unwelcoming but you have to understand that it is a very old distillery and we strive to preserve tradition and authenticity. We are in the process of giving the kiln area a facelift to help brighten things up... More

Trowbridge Wiltshire
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Whisky making in a nutshell or barley kernel. Informative guide and after the tour and film we understood the basics of whisky making. Well worth a visit.

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Pat R, Manager at Highland Park Distillery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit to Highland Park . We appreciate your comments and hope that you will come back and see us again. More

Inverness, Scotland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

i paid a swift visit to Highland Park during a short visit to the Orkney Islands. I didn't have time to take a tour but did purchase a bottle etc. Found out later that I had saved £5 on UK mainland prices so that was good. I noted that there were a number of different tours on offer. Perhaps a... More

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Pat R, Manager at Highland Park Distillery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Highland Park. It was a shame that you did not have time to take the tour. It is also very useful to have suggestions about how we could improve the visitor experience and your comment about put the process on a postcard has been noted. Thanks again. More

Buxton, United Kingdom
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145 reviews 145 reviews
47 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Booked ahead but did not need to as not that busy but I understand it can do. Interesting visit although the guide could have has a bit more info under her belt about the business. Anyway would recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited Highland Park in August and took the Connoisseur tour, which turned out to be a very good idea. We had a private tour guided by senior whisky expert James. James explained the traditional way in which Highland Park operates, with its own malt-floor, all wooden washbacks, locally sourced peat to dry the malt, etcetera. After the tour we... More

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Pat R, Manager at Highland Park Distillery, responded to this review

So good to hear that we are doing a great job. James is a dedicated and enthusiastic guide with a real passion for his Brand. We are proud to have him as part of the team . Thank you for taking the time to reveiw your visit. These positive comments are very valuable to us. More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Visited with two friends - distillery not operating that day due to annual maintenance, but still saw everything. Afterwards we were presented with a set place each in the tasting room of 12, 15, 18, 21, 25, 30 and 46 year old samples, and James the guide explained how to properly nose and taste the samples so that the differences... More

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Pat R, Manager at Highland Park Distillery, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of your visit to Highland Park. I am sure James will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour and tasting and we hope you will continue to enjoy our whisky in the future. More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Been to countless distilleries, but this tour is certainly one of the best. Tired of the big-player no-photo, don't touch, don't ask policies, this one makes a huge difference. We could take photos almost everywhere, the tour guide did know what she was talking about and the Whisky is not bad either. Not many of these places left, so definitely... More

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