Pulteney Distillery
Visit Pulteney Distillery, just a short walk from Mackays Hotel. Here, you can take a tour to discover the story of Old Pulteney whisky, see how it's produced and sample a dram or two.
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Visit Pulteney Distillery

Home of Old Pulteney whisky

Pulteney Distillery is just a stone’s throw from Mackays Hotel, about a 10-minute walk away. Which makes us even more proud to have their famous malt whisky sitting on our bar shelf. Known as the maritime malt, due to its distinct salty finish, Pulteney is one of the most northerly Scotch whisky distilleries on the mainland. From April to September, you can take a tour to discover the story of Old Pulteney whisky, see how it’s produced, enjoy a wee tasting, and visit the gift shop for a bottle to take home.

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What makes Old Pulteney special?

The love Old Pulteney receives across the world is a credit to how great their whisky is. They have kept the traditional craftsmanship that helped them make their name all the way back in 1826. And with their origins in Wick, they capture the heart of our coastal town perfectly.


I stayed at the Mackays Hotel,and the steak was amazing done to perfection. The owner took the time to chat and josie the server was lovely, very helpful and gave her own recommendations on the menu. My second time in wick and will definitely stay and eat at the Mackays Hotel again. Room 25 is very nice and comfortable. Really nice hotel 4 stars in my mind

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Old Pulteney Whisky and two empty whisky glasses with a roaring fire in the background at Mackays Hotel in Wick
A dram of whisky being poured

The maritime malt

Our favourite, the 12-year-old, has an intense aroma with a hint of salty sea air. A taste of the sweet, spicy and faintly salty whisky will always bring you back to your trip to Wick. For those who prefer smoky whiskies, the Huddart is the perfect choice. Still recognisable as an Old Pulteney with that hint of saltiness, but with a richer, more complex flavour. They also offer a range of limited edition bottlings, if you’re looking for something a little bit different.

Whisky tours

Tour Pulteney Distillery for yourself

Not only do Old Pulteney produce a whisky that captures the North of Scotland so perfectly, but they also offer a great whisky-themed day out. Their visitor centre allows you to tour the distillery and find out how their Scotch whisky is crafted. Choose from a range of tours, from the introductory “The Spirit of Wick” to the more in depth “From the Source” tour. There is also the chance to hand-bottle your very own whisky! The visitor centre is usually open from April to September each year, but please check the website for opening times and ticket prices. Book your tour in advance to avoid disappointment.

Standing the test of time

Try the Maritime Malt at Mackays Bar

If you ask for a dram at Mackays Bar, you’ll understand why Old Pulteney Distillery has stood the test of time! Discover more about them on the Old Pulteney website. And take a look at our See and Do guide for more wonderful whisky distilleries, activities and attractions to discover in and around Wick.

A dram of Scotch whisky