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Scapa Distillery to open whisky tasting room that has stunning views of Orkney

A hidden gem steeped in history and with local traditions at the heart, the Scapa Noust tasting room offers an 'unparalleled whisky tasting experience.'

Published: March 23, 2023
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This April, Scapa Distillery in Orkney is opening its new and intimate whisky tasting room, the Scapa Noust.

Welcoming whisky fans, the tasting room will offer an immersive experiences for those looking to taste exceptional whisky in a spectacular destination, including The Cask Finished Edition, Scapa 19-Year-Old Pedro Ximénez hogshead finish, which launches as the newest addition to the Scapa Distillery Reserve Collection.

The Scapa Noust Tasting Room and experience

The distinctive clifftop location overlooking the natural harbour of the Scapa Flow and dramatic Orcadian landscape makes the Scapa Noust a truly special location to taste whisky.

Tucked away on the Northern Isles of Scotland and surrounded by the elements, the Scapa Noust welcomes visitors to enjoy a dram of Scapa whisky Single Malt in an inviting and warm setting.

With a design that's reminiscent of the maritime heritage of the destination, the namesake harks back to the island's traditional boat shelters, ‘Noust’, the Orcadian term for a safe haven for boats.

Inside the Scapa Noust, there are nautical design touches from the local area as a reminder of the area’s history, including a traditional naval radio desk donated by a local Orcadian, as well as a helmet which is over 100 years old and was used by the British navy up until the 1970s.

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

Visitors will take in views through the floor to ceiling glass, looking out over the Scapa Flow, an underwater landmark site where a shipwreck of a sunken fleet resides.

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Designed by a local Orcadian architect Mark Fresson, with interiors by Florian Dussopt, the tasting room pays homage to the traditions and crafts of the Orkney islands.

Cassie stone from across the island has been re-used and repurposed outside, using a technique hailing from Medieval times. There are also examples of locally crafted and rare Orcadian basket weave inside.

The Scapa Noust encompasses the contrast of wild and calm: being both surrounded by the harsh elements and cliff edge lapped by the sea, while also inside an oasis of tranquillity as a nod to the welcoming warmth of the Orcadian community.

Scapa Distillery Reserve Collection

Scapa distillery

To celebrate the opening, Scapa is launching a new addition to its Distillery Reserve Collection, The Cask Finished Edition, Scapa 19-Year-Old Pedro Ximénez hogshead finish.

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There are just 440 bottles of this rich and spicy whisky which will be available exclusively at Scapa Distillery and on the distillery website, priced at £185.

Jacques-Henri Brive, head of brand experience and advocacy at Chivas Brothers, who own Scapa, said: "We are thrilled to open the doors of the new Scapa Noust tasting destination at our Scapa Distillery.

"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.

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"The stunning Scapa Noust offers an incomparable experience for whisky fans and adventure seekers alike”.

Scapa Noust opening date

The Scapa Noust tasting room is open to the public from 4 April 2023. With a new direct connection from London City Airport to Orkney launching this summer, it is now even easier for tourists to discover all that Orkney has to offer.

To learn more, visit the Scapa Distillery website or contact Visitor Centre Supervisor Maria Letizia Bardelli at

Scapa distillery opening dates

  • January - March: Thursday and Friday, 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00. For visit requests for Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, please email the distillery at 
  • April - December: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 17:00

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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