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Orkney's largest island, Mainland, narrows in the middle and is prevented from becoming two separate islands by a neck of land a little over a mile from north to south. The northern part of this neck of land is occupied by Orkney's capital, Kirkwall. The southern part overlooks Scapa Bay and feels a world away from the bustle of the town. The main natural feature here is a kilometer of beautiful white south-facing beach that is being steadily driven by the wind over parts of the road along the bay. On either side the beach is framed by low cliffs. Above the point where these meet the west end of the beach is a name painted on the end of a bonded warehouse proclaiming Scapa Distillery. This is less well known than Orkney's other distillery, Highland Park, which lies about half a mile north east of it (and so just prevents it being Scotland's most northerly). Scapa Distillery dates back to 1885, though with the exception of two warehouses, much of what you see today was built in 1959. It does not have a visitor centre, though its well-regarded single malt can be obtained in Kirkwall.(Thanks are due to Wikipedia for the above details).