Time for a few drams in the High­lands

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For the am­a­teur dis­tiller, mak­ing your own whisky has as­so­ci­a­tions with bath­tubs, ac­ci­den­tal blind­ness and con­cerned vis­its from the lo­cal con­stab­u­lary. Far safer to pay a visit to the tast­ing lab­o­ra­tory at the Glengoyne Dis­tillery – one of the most beau­ti­ful in all Cale­do­nia, set near the foothills of the High­lands and the peb­bly coves of Loch Lomond. Here, novices can have a go at blending their own High­land sin­gle malt un­der the su­per­vi­sion of an ex­pert, be­ing schooled in whisky vo­cab­u­lary and mix­ing mel­low bour­bon­cask malts with sweet sherry-cask va­ri­eties. Par­tic­i­pants get to take their own bot­tles home, but bet­ter to pop one in a back­pack and go for a stroll among the sur­round­ing heather-swathed glens and blus­tery Mun­ros, all look­ing ra­di­ant in au­tumn hues. The sum­mit of nearby Conic Hill (361m) is the per­fect spot for a dram while watch­ing the sun set over the wooded is­lands of Loch Lomond.

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