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Monday, 28 January 2013

Glenmorangie Distillery, Dunrobin Castle, and the best Chippy in the Highlands

What a strange world it is, when we happened to be driving back to Dingwall, from eating the best Scallop and chips in the world (in a wee chip shop in Golspie) and the quite amazing but surreal Dunrobin Castle , home of the infamous Duke of Sutherland (infamous because he became extremely rich by kicking the peasants off his land, replacing them with sheep, much to the benefit of Glasgow, Canada, New Zealand, USA and Hong Kong where they mostly went to)...sorry back to the point...

The ancient highlands (without the hills)

what a strange world it is when you're driving along a little country road, only to see at the side a sign for  'Glenmorangie Distillery'. I mean THE Glenmorangie. The only one in the world. Wow. So we hopped off and had a little tour, along with some pretty nice whisky, to find that it has the tallest stills in the world, and the water comes from a little spring outside...

The weird and beautiful Dunrobin Castle, the biggest building in the Highlands (although probably some council offices are bigger now) and its grounds, on the (public) beach, below


As for the castle, I love how you can just walk up to it - the beach at the front is public. No hidden zionists with cameras everywhere here, just good freezing cold Scottish wind to keep the public away...

There are falcons and i'm sure lots of interesting history stuff you could read up about if you were interested ;o)

The early distilling process 

Me not helping make the whisky at all, just standing like a tourist

Tallest in the World!

Ready to get shipped off to China or wherever...
The whisky process, i must confess got me a taste for the old water of life, and so the rest of the holiday, a wee dram would sit by my book in the creepy old haunted hotels we tended to stay in...more of which later....





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