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This morning, I collected guests in Edinburgh and then, after navigating through the maze of road works in the city, drove north to Stirling and its famous castle. This is a very popular visitor attraction comprising a former royal palace (James IV and V) and military fortification dating back to the 14th century and earlier. We joined in a Castle tour led by a very competent tour guide which included visits to the Great Hall and Chapel Royal. As the weather was dry and sunny we enjoyed superb views over the local countryside, the Ochills and Wallace Monument. Stirling Castle was key to the control of Scotland in medieval times and close by were fought two critical battles affecting Scotland’s independence from England: Stirling Bridge in 1297 and Bannockburn in 1314.

Edradour Distillery, Scotland's smallest

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This evening, I am focusing a special and very popular Scottish tourist attraction in the form of Edradour Distillery, near Pitlochry in central Scotland. This is Scotland’s smallest legal distillery and is very popular with visitors because (a) excellent quality free tours are provided throughout the year and (b) location is conveniently close to the principal A9 tourist route.

Whenever possible, I always include this distillery in my tour schedules not only because of reasons (a) and (b) above but because of the consistently good feedback form my guests whether they are whisky experts or non-drinkers. Tours are low key and not too technical yet the product is very good and wins prizes at various whisky competitions. To my mind the management has achieved the right blend of atmosphere and ambience which makes for happy visitors.

Edradour is pronounced eedradowr. The distillery was founded in 1825 since when has undergone many ownership changes (including a close affiliation with the Mafia during the U.S. prohibition era). Unlike the majority of Scotland’s 90+ distilleries, Edradour is in private hands, part of a small company focused on specialist whiskies from all over the country. Annual production is about 90,000 gallons which is roughly the weekly output of a typical Speyside distillery.

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