South Panorama & Highland Park Distillery

  • Port

    Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3¾ Hours

  • Meals Included


Head south from Kirkwall along the coast near the First and Second World War Naval Base of Scapa Flow, crossing the Churchill Barriers that were constructed by Italian POWs.

You'll see the Italian Chapel, created out of Nissen huts by the prisoners in their spare time. It is a true statement of faith, with delicate wrought-iron tracery and frescoes whose artist, Dominico Chiocchetti, returned in later years to restore the original work.

At Highland Park Distillery, you'll learn that many people believe the unique character of Highland Park 12-year-old single malt whisky comes from the local peat beds. An audio-visual presentation introduces you to the northernmost Scotch whisky distillery in the world. On a guided tour of the distillery, see the floor maltings, peat kiln and the viewing warehouse before returning to the Visitor Center for a 'wee dram' of Highland Park.

From here, you will head back to Kirkwall for some free time to enjoy this pretty town, which is dominated by the magnificent 12th-century, red sandstone Cathedral of St Magnus. Known locally as the Light of the North, it is the finest medieval building in northern Scotland.

The many narrow, winding streets and lanes in the surrounding area have changed very little over the centuries.

At the conclusion of your visit, return to the pier and your waiting ship.


Guests on ships calling at Kirkwall between mid-June and mid-August (exact dates to be confirmed) are advised that your call coincides with the 'silent season' at the Highland Park Distillery. The silent season occurs once a year and lasts three weeks. This is the period when whisky production ceases, most employees take a well-earned vacation, and routine maintenance is carried out. Tours are still offered during this time, as it is still a great experience and you will learn all about the whisky-making process, but the tour is slightly different from when the distillery is in full production mode.