|The largest collection of scotch - |
all these bottles - unopened!
When in Scotland, you absolutely have to go to a distillery…or two. We took advantage of the opportunity to explore the ins and outs of creating fine quality scotch, along with a taste (or two as the case may be). They started out with a Disney style tour through the distillation process, complete with an accompanying ghost to fill us in on the process. We were then led into a room that housed the worlds largest collection of scotch (and it was so full, who could argue) where we were given an opportunity to sample scotch from the various regions around Scotland, each, of course, with their own distinctive tastes (I’m getting that from Jeff…I wouldn’t know). It is the perfect set-up because everyone got a glass…and Jeff got two.
|Gothic spire - Sir Walter Scott's|
We saw a rather tall, gothic tower (looked rather like Saruman’s castle), and just had to check it out. Turns out it was a memorial to Sir Walter Scott, with details about his life and contributions. For a fee, you could also climb to the top (287 steps), in the rain, and the wind, and the very narrow winding stairs…We, of course, had to take advantage of thisonce in a life time opportunity. We discovered, on the way down, of course, that all of the gargoyles that covered the structure were actually characters from various things Scott had written. I have no idea which one I took!