Highland Park

An auctioneer's guide to Highland Park, the Orkney islands' most famous export.

The history of Highland Park distillery is shrouded in mystery. It was built on the remote island of Orkney in 1798 by farmer David Robertson on the site of an old bothy of the priest turned whisky smuggler Magnus Eunson. 

The first single malts were released in the 1970s and the distillery has become known for its use of Orcadian peat to dry the barley (lighter than mainland or Islay peat) and sherry casks for maturation. Recent years have seen Highland Park pay homage to its island heritage, with releases named after local landmarks and Norse gods.

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