Glenfarclas Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

This morning, we departed our Grantown on Spey lodgings and drove for about 30 minutes to Glenfarclas Distillery where we joined the 10.30 am tour. Here we were part of a small group which were escorted round the distillery led by a guide who showed us the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes culminating in a tasting.

Glenfarclas has a history dating back to 1797, is privately owned and produces about 3.4m litres p.a,.Flagship product is a 10-year-old single malt.

With Tour Guide at Glenfarclas Distillery, Scotland

Mash Tun at Glenfarclas Distillery

Washbacks at Glenfarclas Distillery

Video clip of whisky stills at Glenfarclas Distillery

Maturing Whisky Casks at Glenfarclas Distillery

Next, we had lunch at Aberlour and then drove for about 1 hour to Forgue in Aberdeenshire where we joined the 3.00 pm tour at Glendronach Distillery.

Glendronach is part of a privately owned group comprising three distilleries. Glendronach was founded in 1826 and produces about 1.4m litres p.a.

We were escorted through the key whisky production processes as described above for Glenfarclas.

Whisky Tasting at Glendronach Distillery, Scotland

Single Malts at Glenronach Distillery

Bonded Warehouses at Glendronach Distillery

Whisky Stills at Glendronach Distillery

Glendronach Distillery, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

After concluding our visit to Glendronach, we ventured along a muddy farm track to visit Raich Stone Circle. This dates from prehistoric times, maybe up to 5000 years old. Appearance is a pile of stones because over the years farmers have used the interior of the small circle to dump surplus stones from the fields. However, closer inspection reveals a reasonably well-preserved and well constructed ‘four poster’ stone circle.

Our trip to the stone circle allowed to benefit from the stunning views of the local landscape resplendent in the sunshine. Many of the fields are used for growing barley which is a key constituent of single malt Scotch whisky.

Farming Landscape near Forgue, Scotland

 

Raich Stone Circle, Forgue, Scotland

Finally, we returned to our lodgings in Grantown.

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