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Scapa Distillery

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Before leaving the coach the entire company was addressed by a Distillery Guide for a safety talk... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2018
Josephine J
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Awesome staff, awesome whisky

The staff really know what they are talking about. Also, I usually don't buy from the gift shop but... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
TAreviews8
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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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Explore the legendary Scapa Distillery. Situated on the shore of Scapa Flow, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
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| St. Ola, Kirkwall KW15 1SE, Scotland
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Reviewed 9 November 2018

Before leaving the coach the entire company was addressed by a Distillery Guide for a safety talk. They were then divided into 3 groups of 10 and each allocated to a different Distillery Guide. They were of different levels of ability, one young lass only...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Josephine J
Reviewed 12 October 2018

We booked into the last tour of the day at the distillery. It cost £12.50 each I think, and included two whisky samples at the end. They run 4 or 5 times a day but we only had four people on our tour, it being...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David A
Scapa D, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Dear David I am sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience with us. The last tour of the day should be as good as any other and I can assure you that the team takes much pride in Scapa so I would...More

Reviewed 29 September 2018

The staff really know what they are talking about. Also, I usually don't buy from the gift shop but the dram glasses I purchased are high quality and low price!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TAreviews8
Scapa D, Deputy Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

Hi Karen, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour and the glasses you purchased! Thanks for sharing your review with us

Reviewed 23 September 2018

Owned by Chivas Bros, a car is probably best way to get here as the distillery is a little out of town but in a beautiful setting.In summer it might be best to book your visit timeslot ahead, The visitor centre is small but staff...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Scapa D, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write this very informative review. The team at Scapa is so pleased you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 19 September 2018

I don't drink whiskey - rum is my drink but notwithstanding, I found the tour very interesting. The guide was most informative. I would have preferred to have visited when the distillery was fully operational - it was a day of for the staff.More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HawaiiSeaDog
Scapa D, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and fantastic that you enjoyed the tour! I am guessing that you visited at the weekend. Following the completion of our extension, with an additional 4 washbacks, we will have the option of...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Visited @ begining of tourist season so not too busy.Not as popular with tourists like the other Orcadian whisky distillery.Small VC, enthusiastic and entertaining staff.The shop could do with a wider selection of spirits and Orkney/local related merchandise.Brought my own 16yo (stocks are depleted for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank TheRamblingOne
Scapa D, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to post a review! We are looking forward to the arrival of our cask strength bottles at the visitor centre in September which will offer something special for our visitors.

Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

When we learned that there is a second distillery on the Orkneys we immediately wanted to check it out. After googling we made ma reservation for a tour (you have to do that - there is a limited number of people on the tours!). Reception...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Zubkow
Scapa D, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Thank you Zubkow, I am so glad you came to visit and enjoyed the tour! I agree it is good to have options to buy other than the 70cl. We will have our cask strength 50cl expressions at the distillery in September this year.

Reviewed 9 August 2018

Trips around this distillery are quite expensive and are little different from others except for the Lomond stills. The whisky on sale here can be bought at other outlets at a cheaper price too.More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Scapa D, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Thank you for your review and I am sorry you felt disappointed. We are a small distillery but we do strive to ensure that visitors feel they receive value for money and a memorable experience. Regarding the whisky sold at the distillery we follow the...More

Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Great smells. The people loved the whiskey. Nice relaxed tasting room. No pictures allowed. Glasses given at end of tour.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

We dashed off the bijou cruise ship, Astoria, at Kirkwall on a wet St George’s Day, and rushed aboard the coach to visit the second most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland. - Highland Park Distillery can be seen half a mile away and is the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Scapa D, Deputy Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to provide such a detailed review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour and we hope you are still using your Scapa glass to enjoy the occasional dram of Scapa whisky!

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Glenys R
27 April 2018|
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Response from pado21 |
No it’s too far to walk but a short taxi journey costing £6:00
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Glenys R
27 April 2018|
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Response from Scapa D | Property representative |
Hi Glenys, the pier where the cruise ships dock is quite a distance from Scapa Distillery, so I would recommend taking either the bus or taxi to get out here. There will be busses and taxis available to catch at the pier. If... More
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Eva P
23 March 2016|
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Response from Scapa D | Property representative |
Hi Eva, The Distillery is around 3 miles from the harbour. You can either walk, which takes between 30 - 40 minutes or you could take a taxi which would cost roughly £5.00. I have detailed below the tours we offer. Many... More
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