This evening I am posting information on a day trip from Glasgow to the Trossachs, a scenic area north of Glasgow.
First stop was Glengoyne whisky distillery where we joined a regular tour to learn about the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation process which results in a range of single malts including a 10 year old, 12 year old, 17 year old and many special expressions. This is a privately owned distillery ( one of the few such in Scotland) and produces a spirit which has no peat content.
Here are the stills
Image of the distillery
Next we moved to the hotel at Lake of Menteith for a pub meal on the very edge of the Lake. Stunning views over the water! This is Scotland’s only lake, all the other bodies of water are lochs.
After lunch we elected to visit Inchmahome Priory which is located on an island in the centre of Lake of Menteith and which entails a short ferry ride. Below is an image of the ferry person at work.
This is the church section of the ruined priory.
This video provides a general overview of the priory buildings. The setting and architecture reflects the religious aspirations of the day-isolation and simplicity.
The priory was founded in 1238 for a small community of Augustinian canons by Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith.Like many similar such establishments, the priory declined at the time of the Reformation in the late 16th century and subsequently became a ruin.
A trip to Inchmahome Priory can be a pleasant experience, especially when suitable weather prevails. There is also a wealth of fine trees, avenues, shrubs and flowers including hazel, yew, sweet chestnuts, oak, ash, sycamore and conifers.
After returning from the island we returned to Glasgow, enjoying the pleasant scenery en-route.