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A Highland Wander

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A few ideas for my weeks in Scotland. There will be eating, drinking and merry-making. By boat, by rail, by car, on foot.
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29-31 Abercromby Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, UK
Whisky connoisseurs can sample more than 40 single-malt scotches as their vintage carriages slice through the Scottish Highlands. The veranda of the Edwardian-style observation car offers a relaxing retreat after such activities as private...
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Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
Eilean Donan is the über-castle of the Highlands, perched on a rocky islet in a tidal loch on the road to the Isle of Skye. After crossing an arched stone bridge, visitors may recognize the setting from such films as Highlander and The World...
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376 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 5HX, UK
The deli is right down the road from Loopy Lorna’s. It’s the only place in Scotland to get the best French butter, and they sell some delicious rare cheeses. —Gaynor Salisbury 376 Morningside Rd. 44/(0) 131-447-8877. This story appeared in the...
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Drumnadrochit, Inverness IV63 6XJ, UK
View of Urquart Castle overlooking Loch Ness. Did not see Nessie, but awesome nonetheless!
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Lawnmarket, Lady Stair's Cl, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, UK
Just off the Royal Mile after you go under an archway is the Writers Museum in Scotland's capital city. The museum honors three of the nation's finest writers - Robbie Burns, Robert L. Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. It is well worth a visit,...
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A847, Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay PA49 7UN, UK
Like the best French winemakers, Bruichladdich (pronounced brook-laddie) makes much of terroir, producing whiskies that taste of the surrounding fields and waters. In fact, every Bruichladdich Scotch features a signature salt-citrus tang. Visit...
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Girvan Distillery, Grangestone Industrial Estate, Girvan KA26 9PT, UK
This distillery isn't open to the public, but master distiller Lesley Gracie gave me the lowdown on the distillation--two separate processes using a Bennett and a Carter-Head still--and treated me to a tasting. I also got to sample the brand's new...