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The brains and creativity behind the spirits.

The Brains

Responsible for the crazy ideas.

A chartered process engineer with a passion for gin and beer. Studying towards becoming a Dr in beer and gin, he is the mastermind behind all things technical and innovative.

The Common Sense

Responsible for all the frilly ideas.

A lover of all things ‘gin’ with an honours degree in hospitality & tourism. A creative but practical approach to overseeing all fun sides of the distillery!

The Boss

Mostly asleep on the job.

A dog’s olfactory bulb is 40 times bigger than ours, making their sense of smell incredibly powerful. However, food safety regulations won’t allow him to be used as our official ‘noser’ sadly! Please note the loss of his eye was not an on-site incident – he had a rather unfortunate meeting with a cat many years ago.

And our fabulous team

We couldn’t do what we do without our fabulous (camera-shy) team working alongside us! 

We have 5 Production Wizards who help us out and keep us sane: Claire’s mum – Margaret (her bottles are wax sealed at an angle),  Martin’s dad – Rab (his wax seals are bang on straight), Carol, Libby and SarahSarah does a good job of multi-tasking and has also taken on the onerous role of keeping our books right.

Before we require our Production Wizards we need the expertise of our very clever gardener, Dr Hanna, who can be found growing weird and wonderful things in the geodome she built at the distillery.

Once our spirits have been distilled, bottled, sealed and signed they leave our distillery and we rely on our talented cocktail expert, Jody to go and spread the word far and wide.  We also have the lovely Laura who is happy handing out samples and chatting away to customers at events!

Elizabeth our Copper Still


Our precious botanicals are carefully picked and prepared before Elizabeth, our traditional copper pot still, works her magic; the vapours pass over the basket where our botanicals will impart their wonderful flavours creating the delicious taste that is Rock Rose gin.

Martin will cast his watchful eye over the whole process, using only the heart of the distillation and discarding the heads and tails, to perfect the finest taste for our spirits. We carefully hand fill and wax seal every bottle, before it is numbered and signed at the distillery. Great care is taken throughout the whole process to ensure only the very best will leave our wee distillery in Dunnet!


We are very fortunate to live in the most northerly county of mainland Scotland. It is a beautiful place, with wide-open space, lovely beaches and a stunning coastline.

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Nature at its most striking.

The Stacks of Duncansby
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A sweeping arc of golden sand

Dunnet Bay
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The highest peak in Caithness, a Graham, at 706m high

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A spectacular staircase of 365 cliff-face steps, up which hauls of fish were carried by women in 19th century.

Whaligoe steps
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The tiny pier where HM Queen Elizabeth and family landed in 1955 to visit the Queen Mother at the Castle of Mey

Dwarick Pier, Dunnet
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A hidden treasure

The Peedie Sanie, Dunnet
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A beautiful winter's day.

Dunnet Beach

Dunnet Bay Distillers in the Press