Monday, 31 August 2009

Glen Ord Distillery

7th August 2009

After a long day and a good nights sleep we had to decide how to spend our last day in Inverness. Having sampled a fair bit of the local fire water we thought it might be nice to visit the Glen Ord Distillery in nearby Muir of Ord and see how it is made!

We set of on the now familiar path to the station, stopping only to admire a pair of magnificent Eagle Owls that were being displayed in the city centre.

We caught the train to Muir of Ord and sat back to enjoy more Highland scenery. Just 20 minutes later we had arrived and set off on the 10 minute walk to the distillery. What a peaceful place to make whisky!

We paid the £5 tour fee (redeemable against a bottle of malt whisky) and read a little about the history of Glen Ord. Like most distilleries in Scotland its beginnings were strongly linked to the illegal production of whisky centuries ago!

Unfortunately we were not able to take photographs during the tour itself so we can't really show you too much! The tour was very interesting and we got to see the huge 'mash tuns' in full production as well as the beautiful and very hot copper stills used during the distillation process before returning to the visitor centre to sample the result of all of the hard work. SlĂ inte Mhath!

After investing in a couple of nice bottles we said farewell to Muir of Ord and headed back to Inverness in the blazing sunshine!

To round off our stay we visited The Kitchen restaurant on the banks of the River Ness for a fabulous meal. We headed back to our B&B in very good spirits though a little sad to be leaving early the next day just as the first drops of rain during our stay began to fall.

We loved our time in the Highlands and will definitely return one day soon.

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