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Scapa Distillery

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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 2 weeks ago
Karen S
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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
Interesting distillery on banks of Scapa Flow

Owned by Chivas Bros, a car is probably best way to get here as the distillery is a little out of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
buckfast39
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North Ayrshire, 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 3 days ago

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

Thank David A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Massive massive Dissapointment. My wife used to live here as her father was Distillery Manager for 5 years about 40 years ago. I explained this to the young lad and woman in shop. We just wanted to look around. He tried to get us to...More

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Scapa D, Scapa Distillery Visitor Centre Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Mr & Mrs Murray I am so sorry to hear of your disappointment. I presume you visited us prior to the start of the Experience tour which may have been why that particular tour was offered. I would have been very interested to have...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

Thank Karen S
Scapa D, Deputy Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank buckfast39
Scapa D, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank HawaiiSeaDog
Scapa D, Visitor Centre Supervisor at Scapa Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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
24 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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