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Scotland, the land of a million drams!

Written on: Tuesday July 24th, 2012

A journal entry from: Whiskey, planes and automobiles!

Well for those of you that have been here before I have to start by apologizing, I haven't done a very good job with this the last couple of trips....

 

As I write this I am currently sitting on a tour bus driving through the Scottish highlands enjoying a wee dram. On our way back to Edinburgh to depart Scotland.

 
I arrived in Scotland 5 days ago and it really has been an amazing journey to date. It's my first time traveling solo in a couple of years and I have to say that it is somewhat refreshing and has been nice to have a leg of the trip alone. People always ask me who I am traveling with and are surprised when I say myself. It doesn't bother me, it's been nice!

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and is absolutely gorgeous. Easily one of the nicest cities I've ever seen. The city has an old town, new town and modern town. I spent most of my time in the old town. The old town is built up on a ridge all leading up the royal mile to the Edinburgh Castle. I spent the first two days walking around the city, checking out the local sights, did a ghost tour which was quite integrating, heaps of history here. Had coffee at the Elephant House which is where JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books and the graveyard next to it has over 500,000 corpses which has turned a valley into a large hilly area of corpses! This is where a lot of the character names come from for the movies, from the tomb stones!

On my third morning I set off on a three day whiskey tour to the Speyside area to the north of the country. This tour has been amazing and more than I could have ever expected. We visited 4 distilleries ranging from one of the smallest to the 2nd largest, The Glenlivet which sells a bottle somewhere in the world every 5 seconds!

It was really interesting to learn the process and see the variations in the different distilleries. Visited; Dalhwhinnie, Benromach, Cardhu and The Glenlivet.

The Dalwhinnie distillery is the highest and coldest distillery in Scotland with avg yearly temp of 6 degrees. This has always been one of my fav scotches so it was really special to see. Stayed in a pretty nice hotel and have a great room which is an awesome change from the hostel in Edinburgh. The whole concept of time and whiskey is really amazing when you stop and think of it, very backwards to our everyday. I have a lot more to say about this but wont bore you with it here. We then went to a cooperage where they make an fix cask which was really neat. Those guys are machines and work by the cask so it was pretty intense to watch!

And THEN went to a distillery called Cardhu which is the main whiskey in the johnnie walker blends so essentially the home of johnnie walker which was just amazing to be there! The tour was good but then we got to go into the johnnie walker house which was loaded with everything johnnie walker from over the past couple of hundred years. Everything from bottling's for kings, to kimi raikonnens f1 gear, amazing art works worthy of a visit alone etc, etc... It is in this house that we did our tastings in the dinning room which was impressive in itself. Anyways probably doesn't mean much if you're not into it, but I was "blown" away by this place and got to ask a bunch of questions.


All day the landscape was gorgeous and had some good music playing. Just a really awesome day!! It really has been much more than just whiskey, we've stopped at a lot of places and out guide has been awesome at giving us quite the history lesson. I would highly recommend it.

Back to present time, on my way back to
Edinburgh and then to the airport at 3am, I fly into Germany late morning and Kim fly's in an hour before me from finland. Tobias is picking us both up and we will be meeting up with Sven and Susn for a mini oz reunion and then off to the F1 race the following morning!

Will write a German chapter hopefully on my way to Italy in a weeks time.

Hope whoever is reading this is doing well and enjoying the summer. See you soon!


David W.

**saw two bottles today each priced at over $20,000! Ouch

 

From Carmen on Jul 25th, 2012

Sounds very interesting and it looks beautiful. Once again we get see and hear of a new area through your travels. I love it! I am looking forward to your next post.

From Joe on Jul 26th, 2012

you look like your in heaven..just like a kid in the candy store..enjoy Joe

From Beth on Jul 27th, 2012

Hi David it sounds like you are having a wonderful trip and I am living it vicariously with you .