The Glenlivet whisky distillery is about 1.5 hours north-west of Aberdeen in a beautiful, rural pocket of the Cairngorms. It’s surrounded by forests, rivers, hills, and farmland.
The buildings are black in this next photo because the whisky production process attracts microorganisms causing it to go black. A fungus – Baudoinia compniacensis – feeds on the ethanol which evaporates from ageing barrels of whisky. It’s sometimes referred to as distillery fungus and is also found around brandy and vodka distilleries. The tell-tale blackened trees made it easy for tax collectors in the 19th century to find illegal distilleries.
This is the Old Bridge of Livet, a 16th century stone bridge which originally had three arches. One of the arches was washed away in floods in the 19th century. That’s a dusting of snow on the ground. We’re expecting more overnight.