Local Connections: Gin Tasting & Kirkwall Walking Tour

3.75 hours | Orkney Islands (Kirkwall) | K O I - 2 3 0
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Points of Interest

  • Distillery
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:

Orkney Distillery

Kirkjuvagr (pronounced kirk-u-vaar) is the 1,000-year-old Norse name for Kirkwall, and this botanical-infused gin, created by two local Orcadians, stays true to its roots by incorporating the island's rich history and the legacy of its ancient seafarers in every bottle. Guided tours begin with a short audio-visual presentation chronicling the story of Kirkjuvagr gin and the history of the islands. Exclusively led by founder and master distiller Stephen Kemp, you'll learn the working processes of the distillery and how the gin is hand-crafted in small batches. In the tasting room, sample a range of gins and enjoy a perfect gin and tonic.

Tankerness House Museum
Originally consisting of two residences for cathedral clergy, Tankerness House was restored in the 1960s and today houses a small museum with exhibits on authentic Orkney life.

What you will see along the way:
Stroll through the quaint streets of Kirkwall's enchanting Old Town, taking in such heritage sites as the red sandstone St. Magnus Cathedral and the Mercat Cross, dating from 1621, which people swore upon to seal verbal contracts. You'll see Earl's Palace, built in 1600 by Patrick Stewart, the Earl of Orkney, probably the finest example of French Renaissance architecture in Scotland, and view Bishop's Palace, built in 12th-century architecture and featuring a hall and a tower house.

Photo Opportunity:
You'll want your camera at the ready throughout your walk through picturesque Old Town, as there is much to admire. Be sure to photograph the red sandstone St. Magnus, one of the best-preserved cathedrals in Scotland, featuring three different architectural styles--Romanesque, transitional and Gothic, and the well-preserved ruins of Bishop's Palace with great views of the town.

Tasting:
During your distillery tasting, you'll learn of the unique blend of Orkney-grown botanicals that are used in creating the Kirkjuvagr Orkney gin recipe, including wild-growing angelica as well as a blend of such local botanicals as Ramanas rose, Burnet rose and borage. Traditional Orkney bere barley is also an integral part of the recipe. You'll sample several varieties and enjoy a signature gin and tonic. (Minimum 18 years old to participate in the tasting.)

Special Notes:

Minimum 18 Years old to participate in the tasting.

Depending on which berth the cruise ship is allocated, a short coach shuttle journey may be required, at the start and end of the tour.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart Kirkwall visitor center on (foot or Shuttle bus, depending on Berth) for Orkney Distillery

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:10

Arrive Orkney Distillery - begin tour & tasting/meet with Master Distillery

Time at site:
01:40
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
28
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

End tour & tasting - begin walking tour of Kirkwall

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:25

Arrive St. Magnus cathedral visit

Time at site:
00:30
Inside visit:
Yes

Depart cathedral for Tankerness gardens for free time

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:35
Free time at site:
35
Inside visit:
No

Depart Tankerness Gardens for visitor center

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
00:10