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Aug 1, 2012 - SCOTLAND - Western Isles and Whisky (T-Bike)

Well, where to begin with Scotland!? If you like nature, beauty, friendly locals and free camping then Scotland is tough to beat. The ferries which service the Western Islands, Caladonian MacBrayne, are excellent. The website is: www.calmac.co.uk The ferries are bike friendly and actually carry bicycles for free. The ferries are apparently subsidized by the UK government and I found them much cheaper than ferries in Croatia, for example. If you have a general idea of where you want to go, Calmac sells Island Hopper passes which will save...

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Aug 1, 2009 - The Whisky Pilgrimage

First off, we did not visit all in one day... we did two per day, one in the morning and one in the evening. I have combined them here as one diary entry. Also, for those of you spelling bees... the word ‘whisky’ is derived from a Gaelic word meaning the “water of life”. American bourbon whiskey is spelled “-ey” and Scotch is spelled “-y”. Bowmore distillery has a wonderful video that they show at the beginning of the tour which tells us how whisky is made. It is also available to you on-line at...

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Jun 10, 2009 - Ardbeg, Lagavullin and Laphroig, Islay

Today we woke to another lovely day. So much for the rotten reputation Scotland has for weather! It’s a three distillery day for those who are going – Ardbeg, Lagavullin and Laphroig, which are all clustered on the south coast of Islay near Port Ellen, where the ferry terminal is, and much of Islay’s malt is produced. I decided to stay back and go for a hike. I found out other people were interested in going as well, so after breakfast, six of us in total met up across the road at the tourist information centre for 10:00 am to do the hike...

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Sep 13, 2006 - The Holy Grail of Whisky - Islay Day 1

Might get to this with some photos on the 16th in Oban! Here's a little taste until then: - Arrived @ Port Askaig from Jura - Toured Caol Ila Distillery, w/ Neil Ferguson (no relation, at least in the last 200 years) - Toured Bunnahabhain, sampled the Bunnahabhain 18 & 25 as well as a couple of rare casks in the bonded warehouse. - Visited the seat of the Lord of the Isles, Finlaggan, two tiny islands in the middle of Loch Finlaggan; had to get my feet wet but got a couple of awesome photos. - Drove to Bruichladdich where I spent the night...

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Scotland 2006