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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
I had heard that Glasgow was a bit rough and tumble, but the West End, lined with gorgeous Edwardian and Victorian homes, is definitely the posh part of town. And the Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, set in a series of three-story...
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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...
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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...