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This evening, I am posting a record of today’s Speyside whisky themed tour.

After departing our lodgings at An Cala, Grantown on Spey, we drove north for about 45 mins through Highland Grouse Moor and farming scenery to the country town of Forres to the east of Inverness.

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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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Today, our tour commenced Edinburgh about 0930. After leaving the capital we drove up to Dunfermline to view the Abbey and Royal Palace. Here, we were able to view a Remembrance Day ceremony at Dunfermline War Memorial from our vantage point at the Abbey. Image below shows historic Dunfermline Abbey. Combined with the nearby Royal Palace this site formed one of the most impressive building complexes in medieval Scotland. Inside is the burial of King Robert the Bruce who died in 1329. Video no 2 below shows the Nave of the Abbey Church which is a survivor from the Romanesque style of building in the 12th century.

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