Today, was the final day of our private whisky tour .

We started the day at our Guest House, An Cala, at Grantown on Spey. At breakfast we had window seat where we were able to watch a diversity of wildlife on the front lawn including mallard ducks, crows, wagtail, black headed gull, pheasant and a rare red squirrel. Its not surprising this part of the world attracts lots of ornithologists which are are split into two categories, ‘birdies’ and ‘twitchers’, with the latter being the most fanatical.

After a hearty breakfast we departed our excellent hosts, Keith and Val Dickinson and drove south for about 90 minutes to our first stop at Edradour Distillery. This is Scotland’s smallest distillery and  is privately owned by Andrew Symington’s Signatory Vintage group which specialises in rare and unusual whiskies. The Edradour malt is a very exclusive and found in specialist whisky shops in major world markets, including Canada and USA.  We joined one of the regular distillery tours led by a ‘character’ tour guide which added a bit of fun to the event. After the tour we were fortunate to have a private chat with the distillery owner, Andrew Symington, who kindly provided more background on the distillery, his plans for expansion and latest developments in the industry. This was a great experience and learning opportunity. For more narrative and images please  click on the ‘continue reading’  button below.

On tour at Edradour

Tour Group at Edradour

Sampling Edradour Malt

After the Edradour experience we drove up to House of Bruar near Blair Atholl. This is a High End shopping experience where we also availed of  a light lunch before moving on to Blair Castle, our destination  for the afternoon.

At Blair Castle we witnessed the annual inspection and parade of the Atholl Highlanders in front of his Grace the Duke of Atholl. This is Britain and Europe’s only legal private army dating from authorisation to bear arms granted by Queen Victoria. The Atholl Highlanders is principally a ceremonial unit and is not part of the British Army. Unfortunately, this event took place is persistent but light rain which, nevertheless did not spoil our enjoyment.

Atholl Highlanders

Refer also following video clip of the Highlanders

After conclusion of the event at Blair Castle we drove down to Glasgow where the tour terminated at the Guest’s hotel. Then fond farewells after an interesting, whisky themed tour with the unplanned ‘bonus’ of the Atholl Highlanders event.

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