Three days in Speyside…..

Recently I spent three days in Speyside in Scotland with a couple of friends.

Whisky I hear you cry? Of course!

We stayed at the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie, a well known whisky bar and hotel. It is run by Tatsuya Minagawa who

has owned the business since 2015.

I would highly recommend a stay there because if you like whisky there are over 400 to try! My personal highlight was a

Longmorn-Glenlivet 1956 – very rare and was distilled 60 years ago……..

Speyside has fifty whisky distilleries, some beautiful, some not so beautiful….. but ultimately they all produce the best

spirit in the world.

The pictures below illustrate the landscape, the hotel and its enthusiastic owner and a couple of distilleries- Glenglassaugh

on the coast in Portsoy and Glenfiddich in Dufftown.

Glenglassaugh has only recently (2008) re-opened after laying dormant since 1986. Glenfiddich is one of the most

famous distilleries in the world and gives visitors the chance of filling a their own bottle and personalising a label.

The black and white picture shows Joe Brandie who runs the Fiddichside Inn in Craigellachie.

The Fiddichside has been a pub for many generations. It was built in 1840 as a meeting house for the men working on the

nearby railwayline.

When it was sold, the buyers got a licence and it has been run as a pub for about 140 years. Joe has worked there for

57 years……. it’s worth popping down there one afternoon to sit by the roaring fire and and chat to Joe. He’s certainly

a character.

There is plenty to do and see in this part of the world. Peaceful, beautiful and very friendly. You should try it.

I’ll certainly be back soon.

Thanks for looking.




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