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Mash Tun at Edradour

Mash Tun at Edradour Distillery

This evening, my focus is on Edradour Distillery in central Scotland.

Edradour is Scotland’s smallest, legal whisky distillery and is located close to the popular tourist town of Pitlochry. Combination of location and visitor friendly facilities results in huge volumes of visitors each year. Edradour attracts both whisky aficionados and general tourists who are just seeking an ‘overview’ of the whisky making process.

At Edradour visitors are provided with a short film and then a conducted tour which follows the entire whisky making process from the initial malting and mashing of the barley through fermentation, distillation and maturation. Because of the small scale operation the tour experience is very ‘intimate’ and affords a direct connection with the manufacturing process.

Edradour is one of the few Scottish whisky distilleries still under private ownership. The owner ( see image no  below) takes great pride in producing a wide range of specialist whiskies which can be purchased on site at the distillery shop.

I invariably include Edradour in my Scotland tours  with first scheduled 2011 visit due March. Read more on Visit Edradour Distillery, Visit Scotland…

Highland Cow, Scotland

Photogenic Highland Cow, Scotland

This evening I have decided to present a small portfolio of Highland Cattle images.

These animals traditionally inhabited the Scottish Highlands where they were admirably suited to the tough weather and poor grazing. However, as a beef animal, the breed has largely been replaced by faster maturing alternatives. The Highland breed is still popular in Scotland and around the world. On my tours I encounter  animals on a solo basis or in small herds close to major tourist attractions, e.g. castles and distilleries where their docile and photogenic natures make them popular with visitors. Read more on Highland Cows…

This evening, I am departing from current winter snow and ice theme and winding back to the summer and scenes of one of Scotland’s largest lochs (lakes), Loch Linnhe.

Fisrtly, the name  ‘linn’ occurs widely in Scotland no doubt a function of two separate but similar linguistic terms for bodies of water. Llyn was the Brittonic (Welsh) word for lake whilst linne is Gaelic for pool. The word follows the languages and therefore is found in most parts of Scotland except the S.E. because neither of these languages was ever dominant there. Loch Linnhe as a name is of relatively recent usage and functions in context of a large inlet to the sea. The loch itself stretches from Fort William on the west of Scotland to Isle of Mull, a  distance of some 9 miles (14km).

Loch Linnhe formed as a result of the Great Glen Fault which is a long strike-slip fault that dates back about 400 million years  which includes Loch Ness and is linked to the same fault in northwestern Newfoundland which runs into the Gulf of St Lawrence.

Although one of the smaller of Scotland’s lochs it is viewed by many thousands of visitors each who use the road which tracks the loch from Oban up to Fort William via Glencoe. It impresses as very peaceful with little boat traffic or other activities in evidence. On the southern tip is the Isle of Mull, also a popular tourist destination, famous for its landscapes, seascapes and conection to Iona.

At Fort William it is possible to literally dine on the loch in the form of the Crannog Restaurant which specialises in High End seafood.

Overall therefore, Loch Linnhe offers a fascinating combination of linguistic and geological history combined with impressive but peaceful scenery.

The images below were taken from the Isle of Mull looking north-east where the loch enters the sea.

Loch Linnhe, Scotland

View of Loch Linnhe

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