Welcome boost for Ness funds from Highland Park limited edition whisky launch

Ness of Brodgar's Legacy BottleNess excavation funds will benefit from the launch of a limited edition bottling of Highland Park whisky.

A percentage of the proceeds from sales of the 5,000 bottles of Ness of Brodgar’s Legacy will be donated to the trust that oversees the excavation of the site.

Jason R. Craig, Highland Park’s global brand director, said: “Our brand vision is to honour the proud spirit of Orkney, we aim to do this through working with and supporting organisations in our local community.

“After meeting with the Ness of Brodgar Trust, we were inspired by their dedication, patience and willing to do the right thing and not rush their highly skilled work.”

The dig at the Ness of Brodgar opens for a short period of time over the summer — from July 1 until August 23 – and welcomes visitors from around the world. Each season costs around £200,000, covering both the digging period and subsequent work by specialists in labs, processing vast amounts of data, examining thousands of pieces of information excavated each year.

Nick Card, director, Ness of Brodgar Trust, said: “Barley and peat are the common bond between Highland Park and the Ness of Brodgar. At the Ness we have extensive evidence of their earliest use in Scotland, tracing our shared roots back over 5,000 years. Highland Park’s support will contribute to our exploration of this unique place, contributing to a world-wide understanding of our Neolithic ancestors.”

  • Costing £55, a special launch event will take place at Stenness Community School, in conjunction with the Ness of Brodgar Trust, on June 22 and 23, between 10am and 4pm, where bottles can be reserved and then collected from the Highland Park shop in Albert Street, Kirkwall, from June 24 onwards.
  • From July 2019, any remaining bottles of this special edition whisky will be available for public sale from the Highland Park Distillery and website. For more information about Highland Park visit: www.highlandparkwhisky.com