New Album of Lochness Photos

Lochness today was so pretty, with the sun shinning I decided to go and take some new photos with the new camera.  Lochness was really at her best, such clear blue water with the reflection of the deep blue sky.  We also stopped and took some pictures at the Caledonian canal, something I haven’t done yet, it was lovely to see a barge on it, I haven’t seen a barge for years. i

Lochness from Dores beach

Lochness from Dores beach

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Lochness

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Lochness Dores beach

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Dores beach

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original hand made nessie

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Urquhart Castle from Foyers side

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The Inn at Whitechapel

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The craft shop, Invermoriston

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Urquhart Castle

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Caledonian Canal

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Caledonian Canal

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Yellow submerine at Dromnodrochit used to search Lochness in past times

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Another boat used on Lochness

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Oban, Lochness and Skye

What a busy week its been, first a trip to Oban, then a tour all round Lochness and today Isle of Skye

Oban was a washout, I was so looking forward to it and posting some wonderful pictures but it rained so hard I used my camera once all day.  I somehow got lost coming home after dropping the guests off the other side of Oban and ended up 63 miles from Glasgow.  With the weather being as it was I decided not to visit Loch lLomond lol and drove home through the stunning Glencoe, unfortunately unable to see a thing because the rain was so hard.  I will just have to make another day to go and get pictures.  The scenery is stunning and wonderful to see.

The next tour was from Invergordon to Lochness, taking in Urquhart castle and Foyers Falls. We had a reasonable day but again rain spoiled the pictures a little, it didn’t stop us though and we enjoyed a lovely time together.

Today it was another shore excursion from invergordon, this time we went further afield to the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan castle and Loch Carron.  just to name a few of the places we visited.  We turned back at the old man of Storr to allow time to return to the ship.   We had a great time Sunshine and a few showers but it only rained while we drove and the sun shone when we stopped.  Everyone had a great time and we got back to the ship an hour ahead of schedule having missed out nothing.

Karen wanted to follow in her fathers footsteps

Karen wanted to follow in her fathers footsteps

Lochness shore excursion

Wonderful Week on Isle of Skye

I seem to get less and less time to write my blog, not really very good at blogs anyway lol.  This week we have been busy, heading off to the Isle of Skye.  The weather has been at its best.  It was too hot even for the Midges.  The heather is in bloom!! and so is the thistle so we have a sway of purple all over the mountains and glens.  Purple being the colour of royalty of course, it makes us glad to see it and it makes the mountains and glens look so special.  Eilean Donan castle has been her usual majestic self, always a favourite with guests and Kilt rock has been so busy we had trouble parking just to see it.  It is always wonderful to see so many people enjoying the Highlands and Islands.  I like to save the best until last, so we have a view of the highlands from the Loch Carron road and then Loch Carron itself.

pub lunch at Carboost, Isle of Skye, near talisker distillery

pub lunch at Carboost, Isle of Skye, near talisker distillery

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Talisker Distillery at Carboost Isle of Skye

Talisker Distillery at Carboost Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye Heather

Isle of Skye Heather

Cuillins Isle of Skye

Cuillins Isle of Skye

on tour Isle of Skye happy guests are always a pleasure

on tour Isle of Skye happy guests are always a pleasure

on the Loch Carron road this lamb raced to the car

Feeding the Lambs

Thistle at old man of Storr

Scottish Thistle, just below the old man of Storr, Isle of Skye

This is me, just in case you wondered what I looked like. taken at Loch Carron

This is me, just in case you wondered what I looked like. taken at Loch Carron

This is me, just in case you wondered what I looked like. taken on the road to  Loch Carron the guest with me is called Lucky

This is me, just in case you wondered what I looked like. taken on the road to Loch Carron, the guest with me is called Lucky.

Lucky and her husband celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary on the Road to Loch Carron

Lucky and her husband celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary on the Road to Loch Carron

Packaging photograph of Glenmorangie - The Original

Glenmorangie Distillery, Scotland

The Glenmoragnie Distillery is another of the popular destinations in our Highlands Distillery tour. The Glenmorangie distillery produces a range of very well known (and loved) Single Malt Whiskys – at the time of writing 12 different variations ranging from the original ten year old to a twenty-five year old. Different casks are used to subtly amend the flavors of the various offerings.

Packaging photograph of Glenmorangie - The Original

Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – The Original

History

In 1738 production of alcohol started at the Morangie farm with a brewery which used the farm’s water supply, the Tarlogie Spring. The farm was acquired in 1843 and the brewery converted to a distillery using a couple of second-hand gin stills. It was shortly after this that the distillery was named Glenmoraninie.

In 1918 The distillery was purchased by it main customer Macdonald and Muir.

Macdonald and Muir retained control of the distillery for almost ninety years until it was sold to the French company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2004. Since then the brand has been overhauled with new variants and a packaging update.

To meet demand the number of stills increased from two to four in 1977. In the eighties it was decided that the distillery’s water supply needed to be protected to ensure both quality and quantity, and, land surrounding the Tarlogie Spring was purchased. In 1990 another four stills were added. Two new fermentation vessels were built in 2002 and a further four stills were added in 2009, bringing the total to twelve. It’s surprising to learn that over all this time and with the expansion from two to twelve stills that the staff responsible for the distillery, the ‘Men of Tain’ as they are known, remains constant at just sixteen people. The ‘Sixteen Men of Tain’ are responsible for keeping the distillery operating 24×7 throughout the year, with breaks only for Christmas and essential maintenance.

In addition to Glenmoragnie the company also produces the Ardbeg single Islay malt from its distillery based on the Island of Islay.

Visiting the Glenmorangie Distillery you’ll notice a unique feature, which began with the purchase of the second-hand gin stills. The stills are the tallest in Scotland at 26ft 3in (8.00 metres) tall, with 16 ft 10.25 in (5.1372 metres) necks.

The Stills at Glenmoragnie. Photograph: Jack Shainsky

The Stills at Glenmoragnie. Photograph: Jack Shainsky

Map – Glenmoragnie Distllery, Tain, Scotland


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Google Street View of the Glenmorangie Distillery


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Links

Glenmoranigie Distillery Website Note. You have to confirm you are over 18 years of age before you can enter the website.
Glenmorangie on Wikipedia

A photograph of the award winning 'The Singleton of Glen Ord' whisky. Photograph: Cognis PR. - www.ionahighlandtours.com

Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland

The Glen Ord Distillery is one of three distilleries we visit on our ‘Distillery Tour’. The distillery has passed through several hands since it started life in 1838. It is now owned by Diageo Distilling, which was formed when former owners Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan in 1997.

A photograph of the award winning 'The Singleton of Glen Ord' whisky from the Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland. Photograph: Cognis PR. - www.ionahighlandtours.com

The Singleton of Glen Ord only available in Asia – or the Glen Ord Distillery visitor centre in Scotland

The distillery specializes in providing whisky for blending, and specialist brands to the Asian markets. If you are a fan of The Singleton of Glen Ord, the distillery visitor center is the only place outside of Asia where you can buy it! If you like ‘a wee dram’ you’re in luck. The £6.00 price of the guided tour of the distillery itself includes a sample (price checked August 2013).

History

The history of Glen Ord is entwined with Scottish lore and the MacKenzies of Ord. The Glen Ord distillery was founded in 1838 by Thomas MacKenzie. Originally called Ord, the distillery was re-named Glenoran in 1882. It finally became known as Glen Ord in 1923, when it was sold to John Dewar & Sons. Dewar’s are well-known for their blended whiskies, and still use Glen Ord whiskies in their blends to this day.

The current distillery has an annual production capacity of five million litres. Six new copper stills are being added to the distillery in 2013/2014 to double the production capacity to ten million litres a year. The remainder of the whisky, not used for creating blends, is marketed as single malts exclusively in south-east Asia and Japan.

Notes

For health & safety reasons, children under 8 years old are not permitted in the production areas of the distillery.

A full list of opening hours and prices is given on the distillery website

[dacallout type=big]Due to construction work ‘mini tours’ only are available between August 20, 2013 and November 18, 2013. Admission is reduced to £3.00. The good news is you still get a sample![/dacallout]

Map – Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland


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Google Street View of the Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland

Interestingly you can ‘drive through’ the distillery with the Google car in Street View! There are lots of signs of the impending construction to be seen.

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Dunrobin castle near Glenmorangie Distillary

Dunrobin Castle

Wow I haven’t been to Dunrobin Castle in a long time,  but off we went, we particularly wanted to see the Falconry display which was at 11.30 am  it was a bit hit and miss but we got there only five minutes late. (it was a last minute decision) What a great choice it was, the sun was out the display was wonderful, look on pinterest later for the pics.  on the Way back we stopped at my favourite out of town cafe for some home made food and banofee pie,  at Tomich.

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Dunrobin castle

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Day out with Fred and Lucy

Just back, what a wonderful day of discovery we had, this is today’s chosen picture, the weather was a misty and wet but when it really mattered it cleared enough for a few photographs. Thank you for a lovely day out with Fred and Lucy Read more

Eilean Donan Castle

I took this lovely picture of Eilean Donan Castle yesterday while out on the Isle of Skye tour. I do hope you all like it. It reminds me of an oil painting the way the colours catch it.

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Eilean Donan Castle