Misty rain and colorful rainbows enveloped the spectacular Scottish Highlands as we traveled toward the Loch Lomond. Trafalgar was introducing us to the local speciality of whisky and what better place to get up close and personal with the beloved libation than at the award winning Glengoyne Whisky Distillery.
December 13, 2013
Glengoyne has the proud reputation for having the slowest distillation process throughout all of Scotland. Before a single drop of spirit touches the oak casks they must first mature for six long years.
We were taken behind the scenes to see exactly what the detailed process entails, although I must admit my favorite part was sampling a ‘wee dram’. The sophisticated flavors tasted exquisite, so much so I bought three bottles of the fifteen years olds to take home with me.
Further afield, we drove into the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful Trossachs National Park. The picturesque journey through the wild and windy moors brought us to our final destination: the historical 15th Century Ledard Farm on Loch Ard, where we were greeted by the gregarious Wood family.
Despite the constant drizzle, the third generation of the Wood’s, Gregor, played for us a welcoming song on his bagpipes. It was definitely one of the most unforgettable moments of the guided vacation for me.
Inside of the MacGregors Barn and Bar, we were invited for another Be My Guest dining experience. The Wood’s shared captivating stories and performances, as well as delicious home-cooked food.
The only way to end the perfect day, was in the perfect way. Once we returned to Edinburgh we set out for the most Scottish of pastimes, a pub-crawl through the streets of the capitol.