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Scapa, the Orkney-based single malt distillery owned by Pernod Ricard’s Chivas Brothers division, has opened its first visitor centre.

Pernod Ricards Scapa distillery on Orkney was previously closed to the public

Pernod Ricard's Scapa distillery on Orkney was previously closed to the public

The new centre marks the first time that Scapa’s facilities have been open to the public in the distillery’s 130-year history. Included in the programme for tourists is a tour of the still house and a warehouse, plus a walk along the shoreline to see Scapa Flow, the natural harbour separating the Orkney Islands.

Visitors will also have the chance to taste Scapa’s 16-year-old expression.

Scapa distilling manager Brian MacAulay said: "I have personally taken the pleasure in removing our ‘No Visitors’ sign and I know I speak on behalf of the team here in saying that we can’t wait to see the Scapa Distillery form an interesting, educative and welcoming part of the Orkney community."

Creating two permanent and two seasonal jobs, the centre will be open seven days a week until 28 September, then five days a week until 13 November.

Chivas Brothers took over Scapa in 2005 when Pernod Ricard jointly-acquired Allied Domecq with


Sectors: Spirits

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