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.
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.
We stayed here as part of our NC500 tour. A very nice hotel with rooms obviously quite recently redecorated. A very large bed, and a decent sized bathroom to boot. The food was lovely too and even their Covid one way system wasn’t too much of a problem. They have a couple of car chargers in their off street car park which are free to use, just ask at reception
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.
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.