Scapa Distillery opens an ‘unparalleled’ whisky tasting venue on Orkney

Scapa-Noust_distillery bar

This April, Orkney’s Scapa Distillery is opening an intimate whisky tasting room with a spectacular view across the Orcadian landscape.

The ‘Scapa Noust’ is targeted at Single Malt fans and wild landscape adventurers alike, offering ‘uniquely immersive experiences’ for those looking to taste exceptional whisky in a spectacular location.

Staycations within the British Isle’s are rising in popularity, and Orkney is already being named on some tourist lists as a top place to visit in 2023, not least because British Airways has just launched direct flights between London City and Kirkwall.

With an eye on that trend, Scapa Distillery has upped its offering with this new clifftop ‘Noust’ – named after the Orcadian term for a safe haven for boats.

Jacques-Henri Brive, head of Brand Experience and Advocacy at Chivas Brothers, said: “The team are so proud to have brought this vision to life, designing a space with a modern and fresh interior, whilst simultaneously honouring the rich traditions of Orkney that make Scapa whisky what it is.

“Orkney is a special place, perfect for those wanting to absorb rich local history and culture and experience the wild beauty of the Orcadian archipelagos. The stunning Scapa Noust offers an incomparable experience for whisky fans and adventure seekers alike.”

Scaoa-Noust_distillery exterior in the snow


After a tour of the working distillery and warehouse, up to twelve guests will be able to enjoy tastings of Scapa Single Malt whisky around a central hand-carved long table, whilst seated under ceiling crafted in the style of a traditional fishing boat’s interior.

The whisky will be served alongside views through the floor to ceiling glass over the Scapa Flow, an underwater landmark site where a shipwreck of a sunken fleet resides.

Inside the Scapa Noust, there are nautical design touches from as a reminder of the area’s history, including a traditional naval radio desk donated by an Orcadian.

Designed by Orcadian architect Mark Fresson, the building has re-used and repurposed Cassie stone from across the island, using a technique dating back to Medieval times.

Scapa-Noust whisky bottle sits on a rock in the sea

To celebrate this opening, Scapa is launching a new addition to its Distillery Reserve Collection, The Cask Finished Edition, Scapa 19-Year-Old Pedro Ximénez hogshead finish. There are just 440 bottles of this rich and spicy whisky which will be available exclusively at Scapa Distillery and on the distillery website.