A Highland Wander
Collected by Megan, AFAR Local Expert
A few ideas for my weeks in Scotland. There will be eating, drinking and merry-making. By boat, by rail, by car, on foot.
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...
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...
Elishader, Portree IV51 9JE, UK
We had a few hours before dinner to drive around the perimeter of the Isle of Skye. A short distance south of Staffin, on the east coast of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock, where the falls descend from a 200 foot high sea cliff. The...
Lawnmarket, Lady Stair's Close, 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,...
Appin, Portnacroish PA38 4BL, UK
A four-storey tower house set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe, located about 1.5 miles north east of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland, seen here from the A828 road mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe.
Ardbeg, Isle of Islay PA42 7EA, UK
My first morning on Islay when I woke up in Port Ellen very early it was still dark and dead silent outside. After a ninety minute walk I arrived to Ardbeg Distillery. The sun was rising beautifully behind it's pagodas. A morning I will never...
20 Carrochan Rd, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8EG, UK
Global Yodel - travel through a local lens If someone was visiting Scotland they must visit Loch Lomand, rent a log cabin, a boat and trail around the loch. On the next day, climb Ben Arthur (The Cobbler). Then go down to the local pub and have a...
Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK
On a cold, rainy morning in Sept, 2010 I hiked the 3km from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle. Public transport is available, but you are cheating yourself by not walking. The path to Dunnottar cuts through fields and is well-maintained. As you get...
Calum´s Road,Kyle, Arnish, Kyle IV40 8PF, UK
Raasay is a fourteen-mile long slip of land nestled between Skye and the Scottish mainland. The heathery isle is weighted in history, and the scenery is wonderful: waking up to views across the water of the snow-capped Cuillin mountains is nothing...
A847, Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay PA49 7UN, UK
I went to Scotland to investigate the whisky-obsessed country's newfound appreciation for gin. But it turns out that the spate of new Scottish gins is actually related to whisky. I sat down with Bruichladdich's Master Distiller, Jim McEwan to talk...
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...
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