Island distillery opens its doors

THE firm behind single malt whisky Scapa has opened a visitor centre at the Orkney distillery.

It is said to be the first time the Chivas Brothers-owned distillery has been accessible to the public in its 130-year history. The centre offers visitors a tour of the facility’s traditional production methods, including its Lomond still, and natural harbour Scapa Flow in front of the distillery.

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Brian MacAulay, distilling manager at Scapa, said: “I have personally taken the pleasure in removing our ‘no visitors’ sign and I know I speak on behalf of the team here in saying that we can’t wait to see the Scapa Distillery form an interesting, educative and welcoming part of the Orkney community.”

The centre employs two permanent and two seasonal staff; it will be open seven days a week until September 28 and five days a week until November 13.

Caroline Mitchell, visitor centres manager at Chivas Brothers, said it will offer Scotch aficionados, locals and tourists “the chance to immerse themselves in the Scapa experience for the first time”.