Whisky Bar at Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

This morning, we departed our lodgings near Luss and drove to Glasgow to join the 10.00 am tour at Auchentoshan Distillery. Auchentoshan is unusual (in Scotland) in that the spirit is triple distilled.Production is close to capacity at nearly 2.0m litres p.a. Our guide was very knowledgeable and escorted us through the entire process from malting and mashing through fermentation, distillation and maturation culminating in a tasting at the well stocked bar.

Sinlge Malts at Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

Triple distillaton at Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

Washbacks at Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

Mash Tun at Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

 

Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

Tour at Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow

Next, we drove back to Loch Lomond and then embarked on a tour north, across Rannoch Moor to our first stop (other than photo stops) at Glencoe Visitor Centre where we availed of lunch

Loch Tulla, Scottish Highlands

Glencoe, Scottish highlands

Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

Next, we continued north, through Fort William and then up the Great Glen passing lochs Lochy and Oich to Fort Augustus where we stopped for photos on the southern tip of Loch Ness.

Loch Ness from Fort Augustus, Scotland

Following a brief stop at Fort Augustus, we continued north along the bank of Loch Ness to Castle Urquhart which has a long history stretching back to the 12th century. We climbed the Grant Tower to avail of excellent views of Loch Ness in good visibility.

Loch Ness from Grant Tower, Castle Urquhart

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Next, we drove through Inverness to our penultimate destination of Clava Cairns, a prehistoric, high status burial site dating back about 4000 years.

Clava Cairns, Culloden, Scotland

Clava Cairns, Culloden, Scotland

Finally, we returned to Inverness and checked into our lodgings for the night.

Tomorrow our destination is Dufftown on Speyside.

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