Blog Post for July 12th 2015

Whisky Tasting at Royal Lochnagar Distilllery, Deeside

This morning, we departed our hotel in Dundee in the east of Scotland and drove north-east for an hour to the coastal town of Stonehaven and nearby Dunnottar Castle. The latter is a ruin positioned on a cliff edge facing the North Sea and was resplendent in today’s brilliant sunshine. The castle ruins occupy an extensive site and provide a tangible link with a long history stretching back to, possibly, Viking times. The extant ruins were probably in use from the 13th to 17th centuries.At this site there is a variety of bird life to observe plus a spectacular coastline.

Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Coastline near Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Here is a video clip of the castle.

Next, we drove north-west through rolling countryside characterised by rich, arable farmland and commercial forestry to our next destination of Royal Lochnagar Distillery which is close to Balmoral Castle. With just two stills Royal Lochnagar is one of the smallest in Scotland but is set up for educational purposes. We benefited from an excellent guide who took us round the distillery explaining the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes culminating in a tasting of the 12 year old. Unfortunately, photography of the various processes was not permitted.

Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Scotland

Next, we continued north through increasingly rugged scenery of the Cairngorms region, past the Lecht Ski Centre and Tomintoul to our destination for the night of Grantown-on-Spey, an unusual, planned town in the Highlands dating from 1765. We duly checked into our lodgings and availed of an evening meal.

Cairngorms Scenery, Scotland

Grantown-on-Spey, Speyside, Scotland

Tomorrow, we continue north to Inverness and then Fort William.

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