Oban, Stalker Castle, and Glencoe

We visited the Oban Distillery in Oban today and did the tour. Kids are allowed on this tour which is great because Daniel and Elizabeth find it very interesting and distilleries are fascinating places. As is often the case with these things the process is much more complicated than you think and I'm always left… Continue reading Oban, Stalker Castle, and Glencoe

Malt whisky country

We finished our weekend in malt whisky country with a trip to the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown. Before leaving Glenlivet this morning - which is where we spent our weekend - I got this nice photo of the Glenlivet distillery from afar. The drive from Glenlivet to Glenfiddich is not very far: about 10 miles… Continue reading Malt whisky country

The Glenlivet

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… Continue reading The Glenlivet

Strathisla Distillery and Huntly Castle

We had a really full day today with lots of walking and train-travel. We took the train to Keith which is a very small village about an hour north-west from Aberdeen. I thought Doug would like to visit a whisky distillery and Keith is home to the Strathisla distillery. Question: Does anyone know which whisky is… Continue reading Strathisla Distillery and Huntly Castle

Glen Garioch and Tolquhon Castle

We have had another terrific day today. I almost feel a bit bad that I have so many terrific days and I hope that I'm not rubbing it in too much by writing about them on my blog all the time. There's something so fun about writing about my experiences. It's kind of a way… Continue reading Glen Garioch and Tolquhon Castle

Stone circles and whisky

Today we went in search of some stone circles. Humans have lived in Aberdeenshire for thousands of years and there are lots of important archaeological sites here including some strange and intriguing stone circles. They don't really know what these were used for but I've read they may have astronomical significance and/or they were used… Continue reading Stone circles and whisky