Whisky, Castles and Golf in Scotland

Scotland has a habit of delivering on its classic images: ruined castles really do perch on just about every hilltop, in summer, the glens inevitably turn purple with heather and, if you’re lucky, you just might bump into a formation of bagpipers marching down the village street on gala day !

Craigievar Castle was completed in 1626 by William Forbes, brother of the Bishop of Aberdeen.

And I can recommend any golf course for any standard of golfer. The under-rated Machrihanish Dunes has to be played to be believed.

The Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club

Using Inverness as a base allows you to be near Royal Dornoch Golf Club with its championship golf course ranked #5 in the world, the whimsical Cawdor Castle, featured in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Fort George, one of several impressive Hanoverian bastions erected in the wake of the Jacobite rebellion.

Whisky. Scotland has been producing the stuff since the 15C. Today many of the distilleries operate on the site of simple cottages that once distilled whisky illegally.

A dram of whisky at the Ardbeg Distillery on the Isle of Islay