Situated on the outskirts of Thurso, Wolfburn Distillery is a small whisky distillery that pays homage to Thurso's distilling heritage, yet produces a variety of whiskies to suit modern tastes. Tours - and tastings - available!
With its entrance marked by a spectacular wold sculpture, Wolfburn Distillery is located in the business park on the western edge of Thurso. Historical records describe a distillery being founded in this area in 1821, but which had closed and subsequently fallen into ruin by 1872. In 2011, plans to revive this legacy began and on 25th January 2013 (Burns Night), a new distillery was opened and the story continued.
Wolfburn Distillery contributes to the growing reputation of Caithness as a production hub for alcoholic drinks. Dunnet Bay Distillers (known for Rock Rose Gin), 8 Doors Distillery, and John O'Groats Brewery have more recently joined long-established producers such as Wick's award-winning Pulteney Distillery.
Wolfburn now produce a range of different whiskies to suit a variety of palates. Tours are available as part of a group or can be specially arranged, which include a tasting and opportunities to purchase some delicious whisky to take home.
Did you know? Tax receipts from the early 19th century show Wolfburn to be the biggest distillery in Caithness. In 1826, its annual production was 28,056 'Total Gallons of Proof Spirt' – approximately 125,000 litres!