Dufftown, Speyside

Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland

This morning, we departed our Dufftown lodgings, Speyside and then embarked on a shorty walk to find Mortlach Distillery which trasnpired to be located about 500 metres down the road. We took pictures but this distillery does not receive visitors on tours. Mortlach is an interesting distillery with a history dating back to 1823 when it was first licensed.

Mortlach Distillery, Dufftown

Mortlach Distillery, Dufftown, Scotland

Public Garden, Dufftown

Public Garden, Dufftown, Scotland

Next, we went round to Balvenie Distillery, a sister distillery of the mighty Glenfiddich, Balvenie has nine stills with longer necks than Glenfiddich which produce a distinctive malt. Tour guest participated in a three hour tour of this fully integrated distillery which has its own traditional malting floor, grows a good proportion of own barley on adjacent farmland and has an in-house cooperage. the distillery took in all aspects from malting and mashing to fermentation, distillation and maturation culminating in a tasting of a range of Balvenie single malts.

Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

Balvenie Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

Balvenie Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

Next, we drove round to nearby Balvenie Castle, located next to Glenfiddich Distillery. This castle dates from the 1200s and has witnessed many changes of control over the centuries. The Comyn Clan lost it to the Black Douglases who in turn lost it to the Stewarts. After serving as garrison during the Jacobite uprising the castle was abandoned in 1720 and thereafter fell into decay.

Balvenie Castle, Dufftown

Balvenie Castle, Dufftown, Scotland

Inside Balvenie Castle, Dufftown

Inside Balvenie Castle, Dufftown, Scotland

After the Balvenie visit, we drove south for about 1 hour to Aviemore in the Cairngorms where we availed of a lunch stop.

Next, we continued south to Pitlochry and then on to Aberfeldy and Kenmore from where we tracked Loch Tay down to Killin and another brief stop for photos at the Falls of Dochart.

Next, on to Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond which we reached about 7.00pm with just enough light to get an appreciation for this famous body of water.

Finally, we went on to central Glasgow and drop-off  at lodgings in Renfrew Street. This concluded a short, two day, whisky themed tour which commenced Edinburgh the previous day.

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