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Published: June 21st 2015
As seen from the car
You didn't think I'd go the entire trip without a reference to Outlander, right?
We've had a VERY busy few days! Yesterday, we left our B&B in Ballater and headed north on the Speyside Whiskey Trail. We toured the Glenlivet distillery, and stopped in at Glenfiddich, Glen Moray, Dallas Dhu and a few others. We were able to bottle cask strength whiskey from Glen Moray as a take-home - a fun way to get some unique whiskey. We both love the way the distilleries in this area smell - very fruity, almost like banana bread or banana pudding. If only whiskey tasted like the distilleries smell! We also stopped at Knockando weaving mill on the way through - because let's face it, I'm attracting to all things involving yarn/fibers.
We headed to our B&B, which is about 15 minutes south east of Inverness. The lady running our B&B is amazing! It was lovely to check in and be greeted with hot tea and biscuits - we've been very spoiled at this particular location. We went to dinner a short drive from the B&B, and our innkeeper also recommended visiting the stones at Clava Cairns after dinner.
Going into "Outlander" lore now - Clava Clairns is the real life location (based on the fictional location) where Claire traveled back in time. Since it's the night before the solstice, we were cracking up that we could travel back to 1743 if we touched the stones....but, we touched the stones, and we're both still here.
Other highlight of the day - we literally had to wait for sheep to cross the road in front of our car and lots of highland cows (aka coos).
We are trying to rest a bit today - we've been on the go since we landed in Scotland last Sunday. We visited Cawdor Castle and the amazing castle gardens first thing this morning. After, we did a bit of shopping, visited the Tomatin distillery and did some shopping. We ended the afternoon by visiting Culloden Moor battlefield - the location of the unsuccessful 1746 Jacobite rising, and one of the main story lines in the Outlander series. We are now back to our B&B super early, and resting a little. There are cows right outside our window - and it's cracking us up, because it feels like they want
Knockando Woolen Mill
to come and relax with us. Another big & exciting day tomorrow!
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