The Pride of Orkney

Having built Deerness Distillery on our land next to our family home, we are one of the few self-built distilleries in the UK. The views of Copinsay and the surrounding sea takes your breath away and you won’t be disappointed with the distillery either. Inside the seemingly unassuming building a warm welcome awaits.

Unique and Handcrafted


It is thought that red deer bones, found on the Brough of Deerness gave the Parish of Deerness its’ name and hence our distillery’s name. If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Orkney, why not visit Deerness and indeed us!

The stark contrast of agricultural style building hides a unique interior. Inside the distillery houses three beautiful Portuguese copper alembic stills; Walt, Zing and Matilda (a nod to our Australian heritage) and it is distilling with these that produces our unique spirits.

If you’re visiting you may be lucky enough to see this in action and are welcome to ask as many questions as you like. We relish the opportunity to share our passion with you.

As we carry out our entire production process by hand distilling, bottling, labelling and waxing (with the help of a few bits of machinery!) this is often in action and visitors are delighted that they are able to see the process and ask questions.


Our carefully curated gift shop stocks not only quality jewellery, art, and homewares but also a fantastic range of Deerness Distillery merchandise, much of which is produced by local businesses. You’ll be able to find that perfect treat for yourself or indeed that someone special

Take a look around

Visit Orkney

Come and see our stills, sample our products and hear our story, we welcome visitors 11am – 4pm, Monday to Friday, from March to December. Outwith these times and dates, feel free to try your luck and turn up! Or ring 01856 741264 to arrange a visit.

COVID – 19 In line with current guidelines, we ask that you wear face coverings when visiting the distillery, use the hand sanitiser provided at the front door on entering and exiting, and maintain social distancing where possible.