King Charles Toasts Historic Moment: Officially Opens UK’s Northernmost Whisky Distillery

King Charles marked a significant occasion by raising a dram to celebrate the official opening of the 8 Doors Distillery in John O’Groats, Caithness.


This visit holds special meaning for the King, as it is his first official engagement in the region since becoming monarch, and the area has sentimental value due to his work with the Castle of Mey Trust, which honors his late grandmother, the Queen Mother.

A Return to Whisky Production:

The 8 Doors Distillery is a historic establishment as it marks the revival of whisky production in the Caithness village since 1837. Having opened its doors to the public in September, it has become a symbol of the region’s whisky industry resurgence.

Warm Welcome for King Charles:

Despite the rainy weather, crowds eagerly gathered to catch a glimpse of King Charles as he toured the distillery and met with the owners, Kerry and Derek Campbell.

The couple expressed their honor in hosting the King and appreciated his genuine interest in their products and, most importantly, the people behind the business.


A Showcase of Caithness:

During his visit, King Charles explored the premises, engaging with staff in the shop, visitors center, main distillery, and warehouse.

Dressed in traditional Highland attire, the King was in high spirits, enjoying moments of humor and tasting various whiskies, including the peated variety, which earned his royal approval.

A Hands-On Experience:

In a special moment, the King assisted distillery manager Ryan Sutherland in filling an American oak cask and personally sealing it with a bung.

The gesture underscored Charles’s connection to the distilling process and the passion of those involved in the craft.

A Lasting Memento:

As a lasting reminder of the occasion, King Charles unveiled a commemorative plaque to be displayed inside the distillery, commemorating the momentous opening.


A Meaningful Interaction:

Throughout his visit, King Charles took time to interact with the distillery team, showing a genuine interest in their stories and contributions to the business.

The Campbells’ nieces and nephews also had the opportunity to present the King with hand-drawn pictures, adding a personal touch to the memorable event.

Embracing the Local Community:

Despite his busy schedule, King Charles also made time to speak with local business owners and visit the village food and drink market, reinforcing his commitment to connecting with the people and industries of Caithness.


The official opening of the 8 Doors Distillery in John O’Groats proved to be a joyous occasion, with King Charles exemplifying his support for the revitalized whisky industry in the region.

His warm interactions with the distillery team and local community showcased the importance of preserving and celebrating Scotland’s rich heritage in whisky production.


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