Wolfburn Distillery
Take a tour of Wolfburn Distillery in Thurso, the mainland's most northerly whisky distillery. See the production process for yourself and sample Wolfburn's range of smooth single malts.

Visit Wolfburn Distillery in Thurso

The Scottish mainland's most northerly whisky distillery

Just 22 miles from Mackays Hotel, in neighbouring town Thurso, Wolfburn Distillery is a great place to visit during your stay with us. This is the most northerly whisky distillery on the Scottish mainland. The original distillery operated here from around 1821 to 1877. Then in 2013, a new distillery of the same name was launched. The new building is just a short walk from the old site, where you can still see the original foundations.

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Wolfburn's whiskies

No records or samples survive of the original Wolfburn whisky. However, the new distillery still likes to do things the old way. The new single malt whisky is produced by hand, using traditional processes. Long fermentation and distillation creates a smooth spirit, matured in hand-selected oak casks. Wolfburn’s signature release is Northland, which is available alongside a range of single malts. Including some small-batch limited editions.


Excellent hospitality and food which we all savoured.
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Whisky being poured into a glass
Lots of whisky barrels at a distillery

Weekday tours

Wolfburn Distillery runs whisky tours on weekdays, where you can see the whisky production process for yourself. Moreover, tours finish with a whisky tasting and you can browse the shop for bottlings and merchandise.

Dramatic location

In the far north of Scotland

Wolfburn Distillery is located on the dramatic Caithness coastline in the far north of Scotland. It takes its name from the original distillery, which operated here during the 19th century. This was named after its water source, the Wolf Burn, a small local stream.

Visiting the distillery

Take a tour of Wolfburn distillery

Explore this exciting, modern distillery, steeped in history and tradition. Wolfburn Distillery tours are available on weekdays. You can book a tour online. The tours last approximately 1 and a half hours and take you around the distillery and its processes. They include a whisky tasting. Please note, the tours are for over 18s only.

See more of our local whisky distilleries and food and drink experiences in our Caithness food and drink guide.

Grains of barley, used to make whisky