Scotland – Hopeman to St Andrews

1. Scotland – Hopeman to St Andrews

What would our Scotland visit be without a whisky distillery tour. Being an avid whiskey drinker I chose the Aberlour Distillery Tour from the numerous distilleries to choose from for one good reason, the tour had a ‘proper’ whiskey tasting session.

Aberlour is an ancient place as well as a beautiful one. Long ago, a druid community lived in the valley. Water and oak trees were important to the druids’ culture; and an oak tree has always been shown in the picture on the Aberlour label. Some time after AD 580, a missionary, St Drostan, established himself at the Aberlour site using the spring water to baptise local people. To this day, Aberlour use spring water from the very same source to produce Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky.

The tour gave an excellent insight to Aberlours whiskey making process and was a great intimate experience. The tour went for 1.5 hours and was well worth it. And yes, the ‘proper’ whiskey tasting went down a treat at 11:30am. I had a nap in the car after this.

Dunnottar Castle was to be our last castle visit of the trip. Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about 3 kilometres south of Stonehaven. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages. Dunnottar is best known as the place where the Honours of Scotland, the Scottish crown jewels, were hidden from Oliver Cromwell’s invading army in the 17th century.

What a place to have our last night in Scotland! St Andrews was to be our campsite for our sat night in Scotland. With old churches, cute cobblestone laid streets and jet fighters practising overhead it is definably a town to visit. Of course this is the town were Prince William and Catherine first met.

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