Today, weather improved to extent it could be described as sunshine and showers as distinct from the persistent rain of previous days.

This morning one member of the party had to receive medical attention but, fortunately, the condition proved not serious and we were able to resume the tour by late morning.

We commenced with a visit to Edradour Distillery near to Pitlochry. This is Scotland’s smallest legal distillery which provides excellent free tours for visitors and those interested in the whisky making process. The tour commenced with a short film following which we were provided a private guide to tour the distillery. From personal experience of many distilleries I believe that Edradour is distinguished from many other distilleries by the quality and enthusiasm of its tour guides. At end of the tour we all made selective purchases of whisky and other products in the distillery shop.

Piper in Kilt

After Edradour we drove up to Blair Atholl to visit Blair Castle which is associated with the Duke of Atholl (who actually resides in South Africa). After lunch at the castle guests undertook a castle tour while I went off to take pictures of gardens, etc. At this time I had the good fortune to photo and video a piper welcoming visitors from a tour bus (see image below). Another aspect of Blair Castle is that associated with it is the U.K’s only legal private army, the Atholl Highlanders which date back to Queen Victoria’s time. This unit has many enthusiastic members but is mainly used now for ceremonial purposes.

Next we went to Dunkeld and Birnam to avail of WiFi internet access at the Birnam Institute. Finally, we collected a take-away meal to eat our lodgings in the evening as one of the guests was still in ‘recovery mode’.

On the way back to our lodgings in Dunkeld we encountered some stunning rainbow scenes and availed of the photo opps; one of the few positive outcomes of the rain of late!

Overall, a good day. Tomorrow we plan to visit Stirling Castle and other important sites en-route to Glasgow.
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