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Mural, Glasgow.

This evening, I am posting images of a selection of wall murals in Glasgow city centre.

At least twenty-two colourful murals have recently appeared on otherwise drab spaces.

As will be evident, the murals covers a wide range of themes including wildlife, celebrities and sport.

St Mungo, High Street

Mural

Billy Connolly

Glasgow Mural

Glasgow’s Tiger, Clyde Street

World’s Most Economical Taxi, Mitchell Street.

Glasgow Mural

Glenkinchie Distillery, Pencaitland, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery which is located about sixteen miles, S.E. of Edinburgh, Scotland close to village called Pencaitland, East Lothian.

There are records of a distillery being founded on the site in 1825. However, between 1853 and re-establishment in 1890, there was a hiatus during which no distilling occurred and the buildings used for other purposes.

Since 1890 the site has been continuously used for whisky production and is now under ownership of drinks giant, Diageo.

Other facts and information concerning Glenkinchie Distillery:

  • As the only distillery close to Edinburgh, around 40,000 visitors each year visit and join the tours. There is now a regular shuttle bus between Edinburgh and Glenkinchie.
  • The name is derived from a Norman-French family, de Quincey who once owned lands in the area.
  • Glenkinchie is categorised as a Lowlands whisky.
  • Production equipment includes a full lauter mash tun, six wooden washbacks and one pair of stills. However, latter are large by industry standards with the wash still (31.000 litres) ranking as biggest in the industry.
  • Capacity is 2.5m litres p.a.
  • A 12 year-old single malt is the flagship product. Other expressions include a Distillers Edition  Distillery Exclusive and a 24 year-old.

Twelve year-old single malt

  • Glenkinchie forms one of the six Classic Malts of Scotland range from Diageo. The other malts in this group are Oban, Cragganmore, Talisker, Dalwhinnie and Lagavulin.
  • The standard tour lasts about one hour and covers the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes culminating in samples of the finished product.

Whisky Bar at Glenkinchie Distillery

Shiloh, Owl at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Edinburgh Airport and drove to the East Lothian region around Aberlady, which sits on the south coast of the Firth of Forth. This is a popular golfing location.

Longniddry Bents, East Lothian

We  stopped first for photographs at Longniddry Bents which is known for its natural history then on to Aberlady and Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve.

Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve

Aberlady Parish Church

Next to Dalhousie Castle where guest availed of a session flying owls at the Falconry Centre.

Dalhousie Castle, Scotland.

Flying Shiloh.

Flying Shiloh.

Handling an Owl.

Next, to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. first we had lunch at the cafe associated with Palace of Holyroodhouse and then a sightseeing bus tour the route of which included the Old Town, Royal Mile and New Town.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Greyfriars Bobby, Edinburgh.

St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Greyfriars Bobby Pub.

Elephant House Cafe.

National Museum of Scotland

Finally, we reconnected with the car and then back to the hotel where tour ended.