We were awake at 7:25 and on the road by 9:25. There was a stunning view of Loch Ness as we left. We took a short walk to Foyers Falls which are amazing.
We are on the other side of the Loch from when we went to Skye and we could see Urquhart Castle across the water. It was then back to Inverness and at the Longman Roundabout we headed for Nairn. The intention was to look up the records of the Sinclair’s that left Nairn for South Africa but the Census was done by street name and therefore not very helpful. We then entered Malt Whisky country and our first stop was at the historic distillery of Dallas Dhu which was closed for lunch.
We drove back into the Cairngorms National Park and had a picnic lunch just outside of Cromdale. Our first tasting was at Cragganmore, where we had the Distellery edition, only available from the distellery.
Our drive took us through the massive Glenlivet Estate, of which only a small part is the distellery. In Dufftown we went to Glenfiddich, a family run distellery which was founded in 1887. I’ve written a few interesting facts about the distellery and the whiskys on my blog. But what I didn’t know is that they own Balvenie. Dave and I started with espresso and whisky cake and then had a dram each. We shared The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 year old and a 1995 Malt Barn exclusive which was 60.8%.