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When planning a vacation to Scotland, you need to make sure that you leave your Denver apartments in tip top shape. This means before your trip you should clean your Denver apartments and in preparation for your long trip. It is so much nicer to come home to clean Denver apartments than a messy living area. Once on the plane, you can relax and think about the Scottish whisky you will soon be enjoying.
There’s a lot more to do in Scotland than sip whisky, although there’s plenty of opportunity to do that as well. But as that is often a nighttime activity, it’s good to figure out some daytime activities to work up your thirst in the meantime. Scotland has a great road network, and renting a car to drive around is one of the better ways to experience the countryside. Trains are wonderful if you want to get safely from one place to another, but an automobile allows you to stop wherever a place grabs your interest. And being able to stop and look around, to deeply breathe in the scents of a place, from the salty air to the smell of damp green fields, really helps one to create a lasting memory of a place.
There are countless stops, from the countryside to the city, that merit one’s attention. Far to the south, there is the tiny Gretna Green, long famous for runaway weddings between lovers. Just be sure to duck if you choose to step inside the doorway — it’s quite low! The magical and imposing Ben Nevis to the north is the British Island’s highest mountain, and its highest reaches are often shrouded in mist, making for an ethereal viewing experience. From the indoors to the outdoors, the countryside eventually leads to city life.
Scotland’s two major cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, do not disappoint. In fact, they’re so remarkably European in style and feel that you’ll want to leave Denver apartments, or where ever you live, behind multiple times per year to visit! Edinburgh sports a castle built atop a rocky massif, beneath which a grassy park has been inserted between the craggy rocks and the rest of the city. A pleasant afternoon is whiled away just daydreaming of invading armies attempting to storm the castle from below. From wedding bells to mountains, Scotland has it all.
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“A fine malt”. One can almost hear the cry resonating throughout not just the Scottish Highlands, but in virtually every part of the globe where the superiority of malt whisky is appreciated, nay venerated. Travel to Scotland can mean for some just that one thing: a pilgrimage in homage to the hallowed production methods used to produce those great malts. And while castles, rounds of golf, days spent salmon fishing and nights spent in haunted inns might divert, for some the purpose of Mission Scotland is pure whisky worship. It is for that reason that whisky trails were invented. Naturally, the whisky trail par excellence is a malt whisky trail.
Not a tongue-twister, but rather the sequence of principal stages in the production of that treasured caskful : milling, mashing, fermenting and distilling this litany soon trips off the tongue during the first distillery tours, soon becoming a considerable feat, should one visit one too many in a given day.
Distilleries producing the most revered of all whiskies, the single malt, are almost household names: Glenlivet, Glenmorangie and Dallas Dhu among them. Benromach is the smallest of the mainland distilleries, and on that ground alone worth a visit. Here less is definitely more, the distillery being particular proud of relying on a double act just two dedicated distillers. Benromach is easy to find; head for Forres, itself at the heart of one of Scotland’s popular tourism destinations, Speyside, the land of The Bonny Earl of Moray, as the song says. An archetypical Scottish settlement, Forres is no sleepy backwater, but an unrivalled center from which to take in all things Highland.
Purists will tell you to head for the islands, as that’s where, it’s claimed, the top-notch members of the single malt clan are distilled. If time permits, theTalisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye rewards a visit, to be topped only by a trip further afield to Islay, the home of, among others, Ardbeg Whisky.
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