Not every night gives the opportunity to sleep in an old distillery, still we had to rise and shine to reach all our goals on a full day’s schedule. Lucky us, the sun rose with us again as we left Millburn at 08:30.
Did a short detour going a bit back south again down to Urquhart castle on the shores of Loch Ness.
Arriving an hour before the gates opened and finding that the only option was a full packet tour with a video on the history and an hours tour, we decided to keep those £12 in our pocket and get on our way. Making sure to avoid Nessie-land, inflated Nessie bouncy castles and plush monsters on our way up north again.
First distillery of the day was Glen Ord. This is a large factory for the blend market with a massive malting plant across the road. Still it managed to give of a good vibe and positive feel.
Nice visitor center, with a “museum” display room here as well.
Not too much of interest outside the basic in regards of whisky, I kind of had a feeling I would find more tempting offers than £1.500 Singleton on our way.
Not that much farther north was Teaninich.
Even more of a factory than Glen Ord, much smaller, but without a trace of a soul.
Not even the name on any of the buildings.
The gates were open and there were no signs with access restriction, so we had a drive around the plant and no one seemed to be bothered.
Right up the road we found the gates of Dalmore with a “CLOSED” sign.
Talked to someone on the property and was told they were doing renovation, rebuild and expansion.
The still house was gutted and the visitor center had its (awful) guts torn out as well.
Let’s hope Richard Paterson is not involved in the design of the new one.
Took some pictures and left, not feeling any sadder than when we arrived.
30 minutes further up the road was Invergordon grain distillery.
Unlike Teaninich this site had the gate plastered with safety rules and access restrictions.
We felt a bit “spy like” as we sat in the car taking a few photos of the plant before rushing onward.
Next on our list was Tain and Glenmorangie.
When planning the trip I found no tour outside the basic with a dram of 10YO to be of interest.
That is unless you wanted to book accommodation at Glenmorangie House with a late night dinner party and a selection of vintages.
However they had an interesting company car A 1962 Cadillac.
From a distance I thought the roof was covered in LV logo fabric, but it was fake rattlesnake.
Expansion going on here as well, but it was hardly noticeable.
The doors to the still house were open so we got a look at the rather fascinating tall giraffe neck stills.
Fascinating is more than can be said about their shop and visitor center which must have been designed by a Louis Vuitton executive.
However, friendly staff just told us to help ourselves with quite posh lidded nosing glasses from the surplus stock of the festival day they had on the day before.
Last driving stop of the day was Edderton lodge where we had booked rooms for the night.
Excellent location for a good time at Balblair just 300 meters walk down the road.
A full score distillery visit. I’ve never met more service minded and naturally happy people at any distillery.
The “fill your own” cask option at the end, which we had during our tasting, was one of the best drams on the trip this far, so they ended up with a 3 bottle sale.
Here’s the campers, almost as happy as the employees with the catch of the day.
The lodge owner gave us the number for the local taxi service, but couldn’t guaranty that any would show up. More to his surprise than ours a taxi showed up 30 minutes later.
I think Colin McRae would have had a hard time following his Transit down to main street Tain.
But after some hot curry at a place he recommended we felt brave enough to call him for the return.