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Founded in 2016, Orkney Distilling was established by Stephen and Aly Kemp, a husband and wife team based in Kirkwall. They had the idea of creating a spirit that connected the heritage of Kirkwall and Orkney with a product that could be seen all around the world and featured Orcadian botanicals.

They set to work researching the different botanicals and worked closely with with the University of the Highland and Islands’ Agronomy Institute to perfect their recipe. After years of planning and construction, the couple saw their dream become a reality in July 2018, when they opened their impressive Orkney Distillery and Visitor Centre on Kirkwall’s iconic harbour front.

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Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

Created to reflect the boldness of Orkney’s Norse ancestors, the clarity of the seas and the purity of the air. Angelica is now one of the defining ingredients, complementing a distinctive blend of local botanicals. Uniquely, they’ve also used traditional Orkney bere barley.


Key Botanical(s): Angelica, Ramanas Rose, Borage
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A sprig of mint, slice of lime, tonic and ice.


Method: Distilled
Location: Orkney Distillery, Orkney Islands, Scotland


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The Orkney Distillery

Situated on the seafront of Kirkwall, Orkney’s capital, The Orkney Distillery houses a bar, shop, tasing room and the distillery. The distillery blends into its surroundings with its traditional saw tooth roof and you’ll find a range of drinks available at the bar. Discover more about the Kirkjuvagr range of gins and the distillation process on their tour with an insight into botanicals and a tasting session.


Tour: Yes
Gin School: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Bar: Yes
Shop: Yes
Booking: Distillery tours run at 11am and 2pm daily with exception of Sundays. Please contact 01856 875338 or for general enquiries. You can book a tour or gin making experience here


Ayre Road, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, KW15 1QX - View on Google Maps

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