England & Scotland With Trafalgar: Day 6

December 13, 2013

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.

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.
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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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26 thoughts on “England & Scotland With Trafalgar: Day 6

  1. Gayla

    These photos are beautiful, as is Scotland. There’s so much there that seems untouched by the passage of time; it’s such a magical land. One can imagine being there in the countryside and communing with the spirits of those long gone. I hope to return some day to commune with the other ‘spirits’ on an unhurried whisky tasting tour 😉

  2. Jessie

    Stunning photos… Looks like such a marvelous time! I’ve always wanted to visit and now I’m definitely moving Scotland to the top of my list. 🙂

  3. Melanie Fontaine

    I love the pictures of Loch Ard! So serene and beautiful! I have fond memories of visiting Loch Lomond last year – we had a really great stay in the area and I’m glad you did too! 🙂

  4. Edna

    I just got back from Scotland this weekend — I loved Edinburgh and was so sad we didn’t get to tour any distilleries! We did sample quite a few gorgeous whiskies at the whisky experience, at least.


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