Tour group at Blair Castle

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Pitlochry and embarked on a tour ending in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

First call was Edradour Distillery where we arrived at 9.45 am and were provided with a private tour covering the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes.  Edradour was once Scotland’s smallest distillery but has recently moved up the ranks and is currently in process of a major expansion programme which will see output rise from 130k litres p.a. to 400k litres p.a.

Whisky stills at Edradour Distillery

Edradour Distillery

Next, we moved on to nearby Blair Castle for a private tour led by the Castle archivist with emphasis on the Atholl Highlanders, a private army authorised by Queen Victoria during her visit in 1844. This unique private army is principally engaged in ceremonial duties and is employed by the Duke of Atholl whose official seat is Blair Castle.

Blair Castle, Scotland.

After completing our visit to Blair Castle we continued north to Inverness witnessing changing scenery en-route. Unfortunately the weather was characterised by heavy rain and accompanying poor visibility. However, better weather is predicted tomorrow.