Day 9 - Pitlochry to Glasgow


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October 26th 2014
Published: October 27th 2014
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Day 9 - Pitlochry to Glasgow.

A little bit of a later start today since we need to go to Blair Athol before we leave Pitlochry.

The distillery has been operating under license since 1798 and is part of the Bell's blended whiskey formula. We certainly enjoyed the tour but the tasting surprised us.

This whiskey is unpeated and has a marvelous christmas pudding nose.

Well of course we bought a bottle.

Onwards to the old town of Stirling. William Wallace monument & Stirling Castle. We drove to William Wallace monument for some quick pictures and then off the the castle.

To spend a few ours in this place is well worth it. The castle has been restored to what it looked like in 1503.

SPECTACULAR!!!!

The artwork, tapestries, furniture were all amazing.

The ceiling in the great hall was restored using the same construction process used in 1503 using oak from France. The beams are held in place with over 4000 wooden dowels.

The merrymaking & feasting in the hall would hold over 500 people.

Throughout the castle are historians answering questions while being outfitted in period dress. Adds
Bonnethill Rd.Bonnethill Rd.Bonnethill Rd.

The street the Scotlands hotel is on.
a nice touch.

We visited the Queens rooms, the main chambers, the kitchens, the armoury & the Argyll & Sutherland Regimental Museum.

The last visit was to a tapestry studio where they are reproducing some of the orginal wall hangings in the castle copied from reproductions housed in the Museum of History in New York. These artists will take over 2 years to complete the project.

We finally reluctantly left for our hotel the Glynhill Hotel near the airport in Glasgow.

The hotel room was just ok but the restaurant was exceptional. They were serving a buffet and i did not see any haggis.

No problem, once the waitress heard that I had to have haggis every day (unlike a good friend who had it 3 times a day) she sent the request to the chef who produced a true scotch egg. A quail egg wrapped in haggis, breaded and deep fried. I am sure I have Nigel's attention now.

It was quite a treat.

When we finished dinner...there was no Sticky Toffee pudding. Magically one appeared.

A fantastic dinner.

Tomorrow we are off to the airport & home.


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Archibald Campbell 9th Duke of Argyll, part of the court of King James. Window in the great hall.
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Argyll & Sutherland regiment
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27th October 2014

Haggis n' more haggis
Don't you just love daily haggis! Some people talk about getting 5-10 fruits and veggies. Ninnies! 1-3 haggis a day will have a far more noticeable impact on your health - ha! I live me a good scotch egg. So satisfying, and then I don't even feel hungry again until elevensies. Never had a quail egg though. Must try.

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