Dunnet Bay Distillery
Enjoy local Caithness gin
Gin lovers unite! This drink has increased in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. It’s delicious! We are lucky to have many distilleries near us, but one of our favourites is the Dunnet Bay Distillery. These gin geniuses make the luscious Rock Rose Gin as well as Holy Grass Vodka which uses botanicals from the local area. It’s a wonderful place to spend a few hours when you stay at Mackays, and you are invited to join them on your visit to Caithness.
A friendly distillery
Run by husband and wife team Martin and Claire Murray, the distillery had been an idea in their heads from almost the moment they met. However, it took many years of working in different careers before the dream could become a reality and they moved their family here to the north of Scotland.
The distillery was established in 2014 and success came quickly after that. Their first batch of Rock Rose Gin sold out by pre-orders within forty-eight hours of release. So it must be good! And the awards soon started to pile up, including winning the 2019 Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year at the Scottish Gin Awards.
The distillery employs many people from the local area, making it feel like a family. And this is why it’s such a great place to visit. Forget any thoughts of faceless, corporate distilleries. This is the real deal.
Excellent hospitality and food which we all savoured.
Very kindly on request the hotel owners arranged a special cake and a helium balloon for my husband a milestone birthday And helped us surprise him ! Would highly recommend and come again.
Meet the gin experts
It’s advisable to contact the distillery in advance to check if they are running guided tours, as they are not always available. However, the distillery offers a unique and special event for groups of up to 10 people. Their “North Coast Stories with Tastings” are held in adorable little boat sheds fit for two people. Located within their tasting rooms, groups come together to hear tales of Scotland’s past and taste the distillery’s delightful spirits. Kids over 8 years of age are welcome at these events, and they get their own activity pack to keep them entertained!
Ideal for finding gifts to take home
There is also a 5-star VisitScotland Visitor Centre at Dunnet Bay Distillery. It is quite small, but stocked full of tasty and tantalising treats. It makes a great place to buy some gifts to take back home with you. As well as their own range of spirits, the shop also sells Rock Rose Gin shortbread and marmalade, as well as many other locally-made treats including cards, candles and soaps.
Getting to Dunnet Bay
The journey is also an adventure
The easiest way to get up to the distillery is by car. It’s about a half-hour drive from Mackays Hotel along the B876. There’s beautiful scenery to be explored along the way too. And if you want a blast of fresh air and beautiful views, then be sure to explore Dunnet Beach too. It’s a wonderful area for walks, peace and quiet and also a picnic!