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Today, June 8th, we departed Dunkeld, central Scotland and drove up to Pitlochry to visit Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest where joined in a small group tour of this popular and interesting little distillery. This proved a good experience and after some purchases at the Distillery shop we headed north.


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This evening, my post focuses on Rannoch Moor a wild, desolate and mainly uninhabited stretch of terrain on the West of Scotland close to Glencoe and the West Highland Way.

The journey I took from Crianlarich to Fort William provides a good cross section of  the landforms of the south western Grampians. Deep but wide valleys surrounded by smooth hill slopes rising to summit ridges about 3000 feet. North of Loch Tulla on the A82 the landforms suddenly change, from deep, wide valleys and smooth hills to the bleak  plateau of Rannoch Moor which lies at an altitude of about 1200 feet.

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This evening, my focus is on Craigellachie. This is a fascinating small town (see above image) in the heart of the Speyside Scotch Whisky industry. The name Craigellachie was the battle cry of Clan Grant and translates as ‘crag of the rocky place’. Below is an image of the River Spey near Craigellachie.

This is an image of the famous Whisky Bar at the Craigellachie Hotel which is home to some 700 malt whiskies, some of which are extremely rare.

To my mind, Craigellachie is indelibly associated with the whisky industry. Nearby can be found a host of famous distilleries including Speyburn, Glen Grant, Caperdonich, Glenrothes, Glen Spey, Macallan, Cardhu, Knockando, Tamdhu, Aberlour, Dulluaine, Benrinnes, Glenallachie, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Glenfarclas and Strathisla. Close by can also be found (and visited) the Speyside Cooperage which produces the oak casks in which whisky is matured for 3 years and upwards.

Other visitor attractions in the area include:

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