• How To Buy -
    How To Buy -

    How To Buy

Step 1 - Website Registration

You must be a registered user to buy on Highland Whisky Auctions. Click here to Register.

Registration is a one off process with a non-refundable charge of £4+VAT (Full buying & selling membership). This process is used to authenticate each user to help us protect our sellers from possible illegitimate bidders.

By registering for HWA, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions. Please ensure you read and understand our T&C’s.

Step 2 - Live Auctions

Our auctions are typically held on a monthly basis and run for 4 days. We aim to start and end auctions at 2000 GMT.

Reminder emails will be sent to all registered users prior to auction starting. We also send out reminders as the auction progresses.

See details below for our next auctions.

 Bottles Received By Auction Live   Auction Closes
20th Of June 21st Of June   27th Of June
25th Of July 29th Of July   3rd Of August



Why don’t all lots finish at the same time? 

This is due to the anti sniping software integrated within our system. We hope to make it as fair as possible for our buyers and sellers. If a bid is placed within the last 10 minutes of the auction then an additional 10 minutes will be added to that specific lot and will close once a period of 10 minutes has passed with no further bids placed.

Step 3 - Placing Your Bids

Simply choose your selected lot for bidding on. You will be welcomed by detailed pictures and a description of this specific bottle/lot. Ensure you are familiar with the condition of the bottle/lot prior to bidding. Enter your bid and HWA will automatically increase bids incrementally until it reaches your maximum bid (maximum bids cannot be seen by others). If/when you are outbid, HWA will email you automatically and you will also be notified at the top right hand side of the screen when logged into the website. Please see table below with Incremental details.

You can view your bids and activity on your account when you are logged in.

NOTE- Buyers commission is 8.5%+VAT.

 Incremental Next Bid Incremental Bid
£0 - 49.99 £2.50
£50 - 99.99 £5
£100 - 499 £10
£500 - 999 £20
£1000 - 2499 £25
£2500 - 4999 £50
£5000 - 24999 £100
£25000 - 49999 £250
£50000 + £500



Step 4 - Payment

You can pay quickly and easily online, through your user account. Once the auction has ended you will receive a confirmation email and link to our secure payment page. It is highly recommended to pay instantly or within 3 days as late charges will apply.

At this point you can select your delivery or storage option and have the option add delivery insurance.

Payment can be made by BACS/ Bank Transfers, we also accept all Visa MasterCard, Debit and Credit cards. 

Step 5 - Shipping, Collection & Storage

Shipping - Once payment has been received, HWA aim to deliver your whisky to you as soon as possible. We are able to deliver whiskies internationally to most countries. Please ensure you check our Shipping & Insurance page before bidding to ensure that we can deliver to your location. Delivery charge estimates are also detailed on the Shipping Page.

Storage- We provide a storage option for 3 months free of charge (subject to availability). Thereafter charges of £1+VAT apply per day, per lot/bottle.


Please see our Shipping & Insurance page for further information.

If you require any further information on the Buying Process please contact us on [email protected]