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This morning, we departed our Arran lodgings and caught the 11.00 am ferry crossing from Brodick to Ardrossan which took about 1 hour.

On arrival at Ardrossan we embarked on a 3 hour cross country journey from Scotland’s West Coast to the East, stopping for lunch en-route.

We arrived at our destination of Glenkinchie Distillery mid-afternoon whereupon we joined a tour of the distillery lasting about 1 hour. Glenkinchie produces about 2.3m litres of spirit p.a. and as such ranks as a medium size distilller in Scotland. It is the only distillery near Edinburgh and falls in the ‘Lowland’ category, producing light, un-peated whisky using two stills.

At Glenkinchie we learned about the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes with the tour ending in a tasting. Overall, a good experience.

 

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Next, we drove for about 30 mins to Dirleton, ranked by some as Scotland’s prettiest village with aim of visiting the castle there. Unfortunately, we arrived just too late as the castle was closing for the day.

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We next moved on to our lodgings for the night at North Berwick, a high-end golf orientated town near to the coast. After checking in we went back to Dirleton for an excellent meal at the Castle Inn.

 

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Tomorrow, our target is Holy Island, off the coast of N.E. England.

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