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A Whirlwind Tour of Scotland

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My week in Scotland involved wildlife spotting (okay, more like livestock spotting), whisky drinking, and haggis sampling. My journey took me from Glasgow's stylish West End to the islands of Islay and Skye, to the boozy, beautiful Highlands, and finally to Edinburgh. Here, my favorite spots and stops.
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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...
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1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow G12 0UX, UK
If you’re in Glasgow and looking to splurge, Hotel du Vin is where you want to stay. Set on a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End neighborhood, it’s one of the city’s most luxurious accommodations. Here,...
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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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Isle of Islay, UK
The southernmost island of Scotland's Inner Hebrides, Islay is known for its whisky, specifically smoky, peaty whisky. It also has lovely beaches (worth checking out if the weather cooperates) and a mostly flat landscape ideal for cycling.
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28 Gibson St, Glasgow G12 8NX, UK
This West End spot is known for its haggis, but on my first night in Scotland, I wasn't quite up to that traditional savory pudding of sheep's pluck, oatmeal, onions, and spices encased in stomach lining and then stewed into submission. Instead, I...