Monday, October 26, 2009

Whisky Trip!

This weekend was one of the best of my life! With the Water of Life Society (the whisky society) we travelled through the highlands and to the Isle of Skye. The weather was not the best...cold and dreary and rainy. But the weather just felt more Scottish and the whisky kept me warm! :)

First stop: Oban!! Oban is a charming seaport town with a fabulous distillery: The Oban Distillery. After a tour of the distillery, we each were given our own snifters and got to sample some whisky. All of them were good!

Then we continued on the road to Fort William, where we stayed the first night. We went to the Ben Nevis Distillery, for another tour and lots of whisky. We even watched a funny movie about Hector MacDram!! Then, we cooked dinner for 30 people and bantered in the common room before another whisky tasting hosted by the president of the society, Tobi. Yes, we all consumed a lot of whisky!!

The next morning we continued on the road towards Skye. We stopped in a little village called Glenfinnan to take pictures. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! Just breathe-taking! The bridge was used in the Harry Potter films as well!!! Enjoy the Pictures!

After, we continued on to a port-town, and took a ferry over to Skye. Being prone to motion sickness, I hated the ferry... but it wasn’t too long and then we were on SKYE!!! We drove through such gorgeous land, and had lunch at a charming hotel (sandwiches and Scotch broth—my new favourite soup!) The hotel also had another little tasting for us of Gaelic whiskies. The whisky was called Poit Dhubh (pronounced something like: Poch Gu... Gaelic’s crazy!)

Then we ventured to the other side of the Isle to the Talisker Distillery!! Yummy whisky! Here we got another tour and of course more whisky!! I bought a bottle of the Talisker 10... empty now, but it was delicious!! After we drove to our hostel, cooked dinner, drank more whisky, and slept!

The next morning (a wee bit hungover) we left Skye (by bridge this time :)!) and drove to the famous castle used in the Highlander movie! It was exactly how you would picture a Scottish Castle!

Then we drove alongside Loch Ness, spotted Nessie a few times! And then stopped at Urquhart Castle!! We proceeded to take more pictures before hitting the road to Inverness!

Then we drove home to Edinburgh tired, hungry, but full of great whiskies!!

Slainte Mhath!

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