Doune Castle

This morning, we departed our Garntown-on-Spey lodgings and drove south to our first stop, at Corgarff Castle, This castle was built in the 16th century and thereafter a chequered history including clan warfare, Jacobite uprising, a British military Redcoat fort, ruin and restoration as a visitor attraction. the location offers excellent views over the local landscape.

Corgarff Castle

Next, to nearby Royal Lochnagar whisky distillery where we arrived at 11.30 to commence a tour which lasted about one hour. This took guests through the whisky making process entailing malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation.

Royal Lochnagar Whisky

Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Next, we drove past the entrance to Balmoral Castle, where the British Royal Family is in residence. Group members were able to have a useful discussion with a local policeman on protection duty.

Balmoral

Next, we drove west to the Highland village of Braemar where we availed of lunch at the Fife Arms.

Braemar

Next, we continued south to our next target of Doune Castle, near Stirling. This castle originated as royal hunting lodge and progressively evolved into a major defensive structure which today has attracted film makers for such productions as Monty Python, The Outlander and Game of Thrones. 

Doune Castle

Finally, we arrived at our Stirling lodgings. Tomorrow, we visit Stirling Castle and other sites.

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