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Tasting Orkney Tour
Orkney is renowned for the high-quality food and drink being produced here at 59 degrees north. This tour will give you the opportunity to taste much of the locally produced delights and you will hear what makes Orkney such a successful place. During the tour we will be stopping regularly to taste many locally produced foods and drinks.
Highland Park Distillery is the most northerly placed distillery in the world and was first established by a local smuggler, Magnus Eunson. Hear about how the Viking influence in Orkney is also now influencing this beautiful whisky.
Heading west we will visit ‘The Garden of Orkney’ and the only working Watermill, once every parish (area) would have had their own community mill. At the Barony Mill a locally grown traditional Bere Barley is milled producing Beremeal the main ingredient to bread and bannocks, quite delicious when eaten with Orkney butter and cheese.
A quick visit to the Brough of Birsay to hear about the importance of this site during the Viking rule in Orkney before heading to visit of a farm museum where you will hear about the way life was in Orkney during the 19th and 20th centuries.
A taste of locally brewed beer will help quench your thirst after touring the Orkney Brewery.
Going across to the parish of Stenness we will stop for an Orkney Lunch.
After lunch we will visit a Neolithic site situated between two lochs and where ‘Brown Trout’ are regularly fished by locals, visitors and seals!
Arriving back in Kirkwall we will visit a newly established Gin Distillery, Kirkjuvagr (the Old Norse name for Kirkwall). Looking out onto Kirkwall Pier you will see busy ferries and fishing boats while tasting this lovely locally made gin.
Finish off our tour with a visit to the St Magnus Cathedral before free time to enjoy the Kirkwall shops where you will have more chances to buy local produce.