Black Spout Waterfall and Blair Athol Distillery

We enjoyed our last day in Pitlochry and are all very sad to be leaving. I highly recommend this little village as a place for an enjoyable family break.

This morning we went for a short walk to Black Spout waterfall. It’s a 60 m high waterfall just next to the village of Pitlochry and is a pretty and accessible walk through forest. All the trees are still bare but the buds of springs are visible on their branches so it won’t be long before it looks completely different.


Here’s the waterfall:


Elizabeth likes to pose for every photo now:


I can’t think where she gets this from.


I blame the father.


The Atholl Palace Hotel in just visible in this next one:


My husband graciously tolerates an awful lot living with me. It’s one of the many reasons I love him. He always says, “A happy wife is a happy life”. So I thought it only fair that we do something to make him happy: a quick visit to the Blair Athol Distillery. It’s one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland; established in 1798. We both tasted some while we were there. I can’t stand whiskey and this was just as disgusting as any other I have tasted but I tactfully told the lady behind the counter that it was delicious. Who said Australians are tactless? Ben is the true whiskey connoisseur and he thought it was very good.


15 Replies to “Black Spout Waterfall and Blair Athol Distillery”

  1. All the pictures of your trip have been lovely. Beautiful scenery.
    Like the saying about the happy wife/life. Must remember to write it and put on the fridge door and a few more places too.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you liked the pictures. I thought it was all very beautiful.

      The happy wife/life saying is good! My husband lives by it 🙂

    1. Maybe one day we’ll be able to incorporate sounds and smells into a photograph. Although it sounds like you don’t really need it.

  2. Nice pics of you and family again.

    I am with your husband. Must a guy thing. Scotch that is. I love it. Never buy it. Don’t trust myself with it. And, if it is not in the house, I don’t miss it.

    It looks as if you had an enjoyable family holiday.

    1. I know quite a few women who like whiskey so I’m not sure that it’s a man thing. I have a bit of a sweet tooth and whiskey is quite bitter. I think this is why I don’t like it very much.

  3. Lovely pics! My Dad lives by “happy wife happy life”, just need my husband to do the same 😉

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Sometimes I think my posts are pretty boring and really only appealing to me so it’s nice to hear that one or two others enjoy them too.

  4. The photos are so beautiful! I miss forests in the spring – the smell of earth and buds. I love the last pic – your hubby looks really happy! Lucky the husband for whom what makes his wife happy is making him happy. 😀

  5. Your husband is a very sensible chap.

    As for whisky, there are sweeter malts to be had. Try something from the Lowlands or Speyside. Sherry casking and age both help. The other *essential* step for whisky-haters is not to drink the stuff neat. Add some cold, sparkling Scottish spring water (but not ice) and suddenly you can taste what all the fuss is about and the fire-water devil-wee effect disappears.

    I’ve actually ‘turned’ a whisky-sceptic with the simple addition of fizzy water (my place in Hell is assured).

    1. Sounds like a good idea but I’m not sure it’s appropriate to mix in some water when you’re tasting whiskey in a distillery is it?

      1. I’d be shocked if they objected. It’s not a solecism. Connoisseurs routinely add a little water to open up the flavours of the whisky when tasting. Just don’t put ice in it 😉

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