20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky

On our final full day in Edinburgh we took a one-day (10-hour) bus tour of Scotland's "Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky" with Rabbies

Even though it was mid-December and days were short (it got dark at 3:30 PM) it was still a great day. Our 16-passenger bus included tourists from the USA, Canada, India, Italy, Hong Kong and more - We were quite the international tour!

Our first stop was Dunkeld and while we only had thirty minutest to take a quick look around we found a gem when we stumbled upon the cathedral.

Dunkeld Cathedral
It was a cold morning with a heavy frost and black ice made walking treacherous. Inside, students were rehearsing for the Christmas Eve concert and a man greeted us warmly and mentioned we should visit the museum just off to the left of the alter.

Inside the museum we learned there are five lords and ladies buried in an underground crypt. When the river flooded its banks back in the 1990s a team opted to survey the tomb for possible damage. Not only was it dry as a bone, the photos taken to commemorate the visit were amazing. We wished we could have stayed longer to hear all of the details. 

Dunkeld Cathedral Museum

Next stop, a few miles up the road, was The Hermitage. The scenery and waterfalls were spectacular.

Lunch time found us in the quaint village of Pitlochry.

At McKays Hotel, Bar and Restaurant John opted for haggis and thoroughly enjoyed it. To be honest, I wish I'd ordered it as well!

The final stop of the day was Dewar's Distillery in Aberfeldy.

We had a brief tour and lots of whisky sampling. It's here I discovered I'm not really a whisky fan, so John had double the samples and did not complain one iota!

All in all it was a great day tour of highlands, lochs, glens and whisky. We'd love to return in the summer when days are longer and warmer to take in more of Scotland's natural beauty.

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  1. It looks so lovely there! The cathedral looks so beautiful and so neat that there was a music rehearsal happening. I love that John tried the haggis. Soon the days will be longer .... here's hoping and longing for Spring! It's cold outside - understatement.

    1. Keep warm, Rosella! We just shudder overtime we hear the weather reports from home. And yes, Scotland is amazing. You and the farmer would love it!

  2. Beautiful scenery... Scotland at its best, in spite of the cold. It was very generous of Paddleboy to offer his help regarding the whiskey tasting! Always thinking of others. ;-)

    1. He was gracious to a fault, Alan! He even admitted it was the first time in a few weeks he'd felt warm from the inside out!!