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Whisky Stills at Auchentoshan

Whisky Stills at Auchentoshan Distillery

This evening, my theme is Auchentoshan Distillery which is located near Clydebank on the outskirts of Glasgow. This is the only distillery operating within the Glasgow conurbation.

Distilling at Auchentoshan dates back to at least 1800 but this was illicit activity. The distillery owners purchased a licence in 1823 from whereon the distillery was legal. Over its life, the distillery has undergone many changes of ownership which now rests with Suntory of Japan, which also owns Bowmore on Islay.

As a ‘Lowland’ category distillery, Auchentoshan is triple distilled compared with the double distillation carried on in other whisky regions of Scotland. Here is a video clip of the stills. The triple distillation process is similar to that used for producing Irish Whiskey. The presence of an intermediate still results in a more refined spirit albeit at expense of lower yield. However, strength is high, at around 80pct alcohol by volume. Read more on Visit Auchentoshan Distillery, Scotland…

Corinthian Interior, Glasgow

Corinthian Interior, Glasgow with 26ft Dome

This afternoon, I had opportunity to photograph interior of what I consider to be Glasgow’s, possibly one of the U.K.’s, finest interiors, namely the Corinthian in central Glasgow. This building (now a restaurant) has links back to the early days of Glasgow’s prominent role in the 18th century tobacco industry which kick-started Glasgow to life as a commercial centre.

The Corinthian was built by David Hamilton in 1842 on the site of the Virginia Mansion (tobacco industry). Just close by is Virginia Place and Virgina Street. The building was re-modelled in 1876 by James Burnett. the interior was meant to impress as for 73 years building was a bank head office during which period various sculptures and features were added. The building became a High Court in 1929 when many of the finest features were obscured from view and only re-discovered many years later. Read more on Visit Corinthian Interior, Visit Glasgow…

Dunollie Castle, Oban

Dunollie Castle, Oban, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the romantic ruin of Dunollie Castle which occupies a rocky promontory about one mile from the harbour town of Oban on the west of Scotland. The castle is open to the public but I consider best views are obtained from the ferry en-route to Mull. This video clip puts the castle in context of Oban Harbour.

Read more on Visit Dunollie Castle, Visit Scotland…