The Red River, that offers its waters to make this Lewis whisky, is the English translation of Abhainn Dearg, pronounced Aveen Jarræk. We love that they’ve used the Gaelic and it’s located in my favourite place in Scotland, overlooking the Uig Sands on the Isle of Lewis. This is a newer distillery and the first (legal anyway) one on Lewis in nearly 200 years. Continue reading
We ordered an enormous marquis tent approximately 20′ x 34′ which we used as our home base. Our tent ran parallel with our fifth wheel trailer which backed unto the trees and with the road way. Hector was gracious in stepping in for the chief and officially opened the games. Continue reading here.
Talisker, a perfect whisky for a cool autumn evening or a cold winter night, or, as it turns out, a chill May evening in Victoria. We were first introduced to Talisker at the 2014 Victoria Highland Games by our friend from Clan Campbell. It was a bit brisk for May and we needed a bit of warmth as we waited for the Torchlight Ceremony to begin. And thus a love affair with Talisker began. Continue reading
Our clan liveries/flag where flying high above the castles main turret pictured here.
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Ah, the whisky of choice of James Bond. Need we say more? Well, yes, otherwise this would be a very short post.
When driving through Speyside last year we realized that we’d be near Macallan and definitely had to stop in for a visit. Continue reading
I’m very fortunate. I grew up in a home with parents that encouraged us nightly to not only watch the news, local, national and international, but to discuss these issues over the dinner table. Mom and Dad believed it was important for us to try to understand issues, whether it was discussing Canadian politics, the Vietnam War or the Troubles in Northern Ireland. But, that being said, as a Canadian growing up in the 60’s and 70’s on a grain farm in Saskatchewan, there’s absolutely no way I could ever have a full understanding of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. And I never will, never could, because I was raised in peace and security where the scariest thing that happened in my life was the FLQ crisis in Quebec. We didn’t have soldiers patrolling the streets, bombs a threat or gunfire a regular occurrence.
Tony MacAulay’s poignant memoir Paperboy gives insight into the Belfast reality through great storytelling and humour. Continue reading
If you enjoy visiting whisky distilleries Dalmore is a must. You have to book in advance for your tour. I had booked our tour while still in Canada taking into account that we would traveling from Ullapool to Dalmore after taking the ferry back to the mainland from the Isle of Lewis. We arrived at the ferry landing in Stornoway and wondered why no other vehicles were in line. Turns out we’d arrived an hour early and our ferry didn’t leave until 7 am, not 6 am. Oops! Continue reading
If you plan to be in Prince Edward County, Ontario, you may want to check out the Macaulay Heritage Park and Macaulay House. Check out the details here.
I first encountered Mortlach 21 as a recommendation from our server at The Witchery in Edinburgh 2 years ago. I loved it! And then the search began to find this fine whisky. Alas, we couldn’t locate a bottle to take home and enjoy. Continue reading
It wouldn’t be an International Clan Gathering without a ceilidh! This was Saturday night in Oban where everyone was having a grand time and many of our clan folk showed off their dancing skills. Enjoy the frolicking here!