AN Orkney distiller has appointed a head of production for its new Kirkwall distillery that will open later this year.

Orkney Distilling, the firm behind Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin, has appointed Louis Wright to take on the role.

Originally from Kirkwall, Wright is currently undergoing full training for his role with Strathearn Distillery.

Production of Kirkjuvagr, and its sister gin, Arkh-Angell, will move to Kirkwall once Orkney Distilling’s new distillery and visitor centre on the town’s harbour front is fully operational.

Wright said: “It has long been my intention to build a career in the drinks trade, particularly after having worked at Highland Park as a tour guide during summers at home. I was fascinated by how alcohol was produced, particularly gin and whisky, but also captivated by the stories that underpin each product, which are almost as important as the spirits themselves.

“I can’t wait to get started!”