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Aug 24, 2014 - Craigellachie to Dufftown

Distance 8 kms, finish time early evening. Breakfast is a unique experience in that several of us, including an American woman at a nearby table, opt for a whisky with our breakfast. Unfortunately, Duncan cannot put his hands on the whisky we had chosen from the list the night before, BNJ the selected blend for the British Army since the Boer War. The alternative offered, The Glen Dowan, while not steeped in the same history, got the day off to a good start. The weather is good. From the hotel we return to Allachie Park and visit the...

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Aug 23, 2014 - Craigellachie to Dufftown and return

A 19km circuit walk, spread over two days. These two short walking days were our longest in that we added on a few attractions/distractions along the way. Had a very enjoyable tour of Glenfiddich at Dufftown (the Whisky capital (of the world)) with nosing and tasting. The following day we had an even more enjoyable tour of Arbelour Distillery, dropping in on the way back to Craigellachie at the Mash Tun which has a fine collection of whiskies. We hopped on the most northerly Scottish heritage "Whisky Line" railway, running for 18kms from...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Balvenie Castle

We headed south through the historic town of Elgin. This has two ruined cathedrals in the centre of the town - built back to back. We did not go in, but did a drive by, as the weather was starting to look nasty and we wanted to get to our next destination before the rain. It was very interesting site, as both appear to have been large cathedrals of about the same age - both now ruined. Balvenie Castle sits on a hill overlooking the modern Glenfiddich whiskey distillery near Dufftown. In fact, the foundations of the distillery were build on...

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Aug 9, 2009 - Auchindoun Castle

Auchindoun Castle was another experience of searching for a national landmark, ending in a wee hike through a sheep pasture, to finally discover a thrilling ruin of immense antiquity. Scotland is indeed a very special place and it is really fantastic how you are looking at castles built 600 to 800 years ago and dotted amongst standing stones and stone henges build a mind numbing 5,000 years ago. About Auchindoun, from the Historic Scotland website: “The castle, which stands within the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, was built for John,...

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Aug 9, 2009 - Aberlour Distillery

Aberlour (Gaelic for “a noisy brook”, pronounced ab-ah-lore) is one of the many whisky distilleries in the Spey region of Scotland. This is the largest area of Scotch production, with the whiskies being smoother and without much peat. We had heard that Aberlour had the best tour of all the distilleries in the area and that seamed true. It was both informative and interesting. The best part was that it ended with a taste of all seven of their main products, enjoyed in the picturesque barrel vault.

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