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Strathisla Distillery , Keith

Strathisla Distillery , Keith, Scotland

This morning, I collected my guests from their Aberdeen hotel and then proceeded N W to the charming town of Keith. Here we joined a tour of Strathisla Distillery, part of the Pernod Ricard drinks group, and which dates back to the 18th century. This was a good tour which took us through the principal stages of whisky making, i e malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation. With the distillery resplendent in the warm sunshine it easy to understand how Strathisla has been nominated as the prettiest distillery in Scotland.

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Former College Building, Aberdeen

Former College Building, Aberdeen, Scotland

This evening, I am in Aberdeen, N.E. Scotland in readiness for a Speyside Whisky tour tomorrow. This city has some fascinating church and civic architecture, as evidenced by the images above and below.

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River Clyde at Greenock

River Clyde at Greenock, Glasgow

This evening, I am focusing on the River Clyde, west of Scotland. This river rises in the Lowther Hills in South Lanarkshire and runs for 106 miles, passing the city of Glasgow and into the sea past Greenock.

This river was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, particularly shipbuilding, During the 19th and 20th centuries some 35,000 vessels were built on and around the river in the Glasgow area. Although civilian ship building is almost finished military shipbuilding continues to prosper with orders for aircraft carriers in process.

Today, the Clyde is quite clean and perhaps best known for leisure and sporting activities.

Image at top of this post was taken from site of a Roman fortlet dating from the 2nd Century AD.

Here is the Clyde in central Glasgow showing the Finnieston Crane, a memory of shipbuilding in the area. Read more on River Clyde, Scotland…