This was another no-castle-day. I ventured out in search of a distillery to tour and anything else that tickled my fancy.
|Aberlour was rumored to be the best tour, but I just missed their morning tour and didn't want to have to wait 4 hours for the next tour, so the guy there suggested I visit the Glenlivet distillery where the tour was free and anytime!|
|The Glenlivet Scotch Tree|
|Everybody made their own Glenlivet for a while.|
|Stain glass window which has a story behind it that I can't recall.|
But it does have important scotch making attributes like the barley and the actual distillery.
|The grinder was the only thing I was allowed to take photos of, |
all the other machinery was TS//for tourist eyes only. :(
|I was here.|
|The most popular single malt scotch in America.|
|A smuggled photo.|
|Different types/sizes of barrels and their description.|
|That's the "I'm not so impressed with this crap" face.|
After the distillery tour, I was extremely close to Cairngorms National Park, so I figured I'd drive through to say I went. Then I went on a sticker hunt. I thought that a national park sticker from another country would fit onto my water bottle very well. I went to 2 different information/tourist centers and the national park headquarters and learned that they don't actually sell stickers. W.T.F.?
|Driving through Cairngorms.|
|Just a house... in bfe.|
|I guessed that that water was pretty cold.|
|Cairngorms panoramic, the towers fit in so well!|
|I stopped to figure out where I was going and this was the view.|
|I don't think this was part of the Whiskey Trail, but Moray definitely has plenty of distilleries.|
After a dead-end search for the sticker, I decided that I'd go check out the Cooper (the barrel maker).
|On the way, I passed Dewar's distillery. The name was familiar, so I had to get pics!|
|Dear Rain, yer great! -<3, Teh Megan|
|Raindrop tulips make me smile. I got VERY wet shoes taking these photos, but it was totally worth it.|
|So much Coopers.|
|Rings from barrels being worked on.|
|Smoky from being charred on the inside.|
|"We've done been Coopered!"|
|Assembly line to make the barrel lids.|
|Painted vs not painted.|
|Just some Coopers, coopering.|
|Where the barrels went to be charred.|
|A barrel man guarded the picnic area.|
Who needs scarecrows?
|Stacks of barrels waiting to be worked on.|
|Lossiemouth Beach.. you can see how super windy it was on the water.|
|The storm clouds were rolling in.|
|Breakers don't scare waves.|
Overall, it was an awesome day, despite the wet shoes and the lack of a sticker for my water bottle. Water droplets on flowers are just one more reason that I love the rain!!!