Lily Patching - Tour Guide and Bar Operative


Lily is normally found guiding visitors or working behind the bar here at the distillery, having joined the team in September 2019 with over 7 years of experience within the tourism industry.

When she’s not tour guiding, Lily is training as a Coastguard Rescue Officer, specialising as a rope technician - she has volunteered with this emergency service for over 6 years. Lily is also a keen adventurer, often found rambling, paddle boarding and kayaking around Orkney’s beautiful coastline. 

What do you like most about working at the Orkney Distillery? 

I love meeting new people, listening to their stories and teaching them all about the brand here. Helping them to understand the work and care that goes into every single bottle of gin produced at the distillery. It’s a true labour of love and it’s great to work with a team who are so enthusiastic and keen to make everyone’s visit here one to remember!

What is your favourite drink from the bar? 

A chocolatini has to be my go-to drink, the perfect cocktail of Kirkjuvagr, Baileys and some toasted marshmallows, yum!