If you haven’t frequented it yourself, there’s no doubt that you can venture to Wick without hearing about the rather impressive collection of spirits available at Mackays bar.
Hosting over one hundred whiskies and a fine selection of wines catered to our Rosette awarded menu – it seems only fitting that our second supplier feature is no other than the team behind our quality supply – Bin Ends!
Celebrating over twenty years of business, Bin Ends was founded by the proud owner of Mackays Hotel, Murray Lamont. Upon discovering a shortage of quality wines across the Caithness region, it became Murray’s personal mission to delivery a range of affordable liquor that Caithness had yet to witness.
It’s hard to believe that such an innovative mission is delivered without an equally fascinating story – and you’re right! We sat down with the store’s manager, Pamela, who filled us in on the story and life behind the Bin Ends stores and suppliers.
Is there a story behind the name Bin Ends?
‘The name Bin Ends is a term used to one of the last bottles from a bin of wine, typically sold at a reduced price. That was Murrays idea, to bring bottles of wine to the end of Scotland, Caithness – providing the opportunity to offer a range of quality produce at affordable prices.’
What do you offer and where can find you?
Bin Ends offers a specialist range of malt whiskies and wines – all of which are selected by Murray.
‘We like to concentrate on quality rather than quantity’ – Pamela discloses.
Achieving a merit from the Scotch Whisky Association, Murray’s expertise ensures that Bin Ends provides an unbeatable range, with rare treasures tailored to the specialist of tastes.
From those beginnings we now offer stock items and hold specialist items as well. Murray has a love for malt whiskies so we have quite a range!
You can find your local Bin Ends in Wick, Thurso or Airside at the Inverness airport. Additionally, products are available online through the newly launched website, Whisky Cellar www.whiskycellar.scot
What do you like most about running a shop in Caithness?
‘I adore that you’re able to help a customer. Customers come looking for advice and we train our team to be able to answer their questions. We’re friendly, accessible – being in the main two towns (Wick & Thurso). However, the true joy of working in Caithness is the ability to pass on knowledge to local people.’
What’s your favourite place in Caithness and why?
‘My favourite place in Caithness, which I only found this summer, is Nybster Harbour. You’ll find it on the way to John O’ Groats from Inverness, it’s about 14 miles south of Wick. There are brochs to explore, a harbour and when you go around the rocky corner you have a lovely sandy beach. It’s beautiful. ‘