On the home stretch we left Skye, this time across the Skye bridge heading north. No more ferries for us!
The adorable and beautiful village of Plockton was recommended to us so we took a wee detour to visit. So worth it! Just when you think it would be impossible for Scotland to get any prettier it goes and proves you wrong.
We saw the famed Loch Ness and examined tartan in the gift shop before continuing to our home for the next three nights in Dufftown. It is Dufftown where Peter’s favourite distillery lives. Glenfiddich is huge and it was such a great idea to take a tour here. We were allowed to enter one of the warehouses to see stacked barrels and the solera vat and see things working generally on a much larger scale.
We, of course, ended up meeting a New Zealander in the Glenfarclas distillery. He told us to come to the regular Dufftown whisky tasting night happening while we were in town and when we arrived back at the BnB our host asked us unprompted if we’d like her to book tickets. It turns out this was quite the place to be and so much busier than usual they had to turn people even after bringing out extra tables.
We learned about up and coming, or perhaps back from the dead, distillery Ben Riach and had a great night of tasting and nosing finished off with a competition. I got through to the semi finals of the nosing and Peter got right through to the final! We were quite chuffed that one of ours did so well.
Dufftown also gave us the gift of haggis. A wonderful traditional restaurant complete with giggling young scottish lasses served up haggis inside a mound of neeps & tatties (mashed tunips and potatos!). It wasn’t too bad actually, strong flavours that went well with a pile of mashed root vegetables. Not something I would go out of my way to cook, but definitely something I would eat again.
My favourite part of the Speyside stay were the gardens at Glen Grant distillery. A path winds its way through an incredibly maintained Victorian garden complete with stream and woods and hidden woodland animals.