Two miles south of Kirkwall's centre, on the shores of Scapa Flow, this is one of two Orcadian whisky distilleries and, though less famous than Highland Park, produces a quality, well-balanced, delicate malt. It offers a standard tour, which includes a dram, and an 'experience' tour (£20), which gives you three to taste and the chance to draw a dram from the cask. Call ahead to book a spot.

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1. Highland Park Distillery

1.14 MILES

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2. Bishop's Palace

1.51 MILES

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3. Orkney Museum

1.51 MILES

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4. Earl's Palace

1.52 MILES

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5. St Magnus Cathedral

1.54 MILES

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6. Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

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7. Orkney Wireless Museum

1.71 MILES

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8. Waulkmill Bay

3.72 MILES

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