SPIRIT OF THE OPEN

India Today - - WHISKY -

ABOUT TOWN: The tiny, but thriv­ing town of Tain, sit­u­ated on the south shore of Dornoch Firth, is Scot­land’s old­est royal burgh. Awash in dra­matic his­tory and scenic land­scape, it boasts spec­tac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture with the fab­u­lous Dun­robin cas­tle, a great ar­ray of wildlife and a range of sport­ing and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties The 13th cen­tury Dornoch Cathe­dral with spec­tac­u­lar stained glass win­dows and a fully func­tional or­gan, is also where Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s son Rocco was chris­tened in 2000. In­ci­den­tally, the cou­ple got mar­ried in the nearby Sk­ibo Cas­tle.

JOIN THE CLUB: Apart from whisky, golf is an­other Scot­tish in­dul­gence that they claim as their in­ven­tion. And the town is es­pe­cially renowned for its won­der­ful links golf course de­signed by Tom Mor­ris and many other cour­ses within easy reach. At the 19th hole play­ers can en­joy a dram of the fa­mous Glen­morangie whisky pro­duced at the lo­cal dis­tillery. Glen­morangie is also the spir­its spon­sor for the Bri­tish Open Cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

STAY PUT: Painted straight out of the pages of Enid Bly­ton, the Glen­morangie house, over­look­ing the un­spoilt shores of Mo­ray Firth, is the ul­ti­mate refuge of the her­itage he­do­nist. Here, the soli­tude of tem­po­rary de­tach­ment en­sures a full im­mer­sion in the song, spirit and sea­son of the Scot­tish High­lands. With the strains of the bag­pipes for am­bi­ence, a glass of Glen­morangie for soul­ful con­ver­sa­tion and farm fresh food for the se­duc­tion of the senses, the breath of the sea is the in­sta­gram fix of the day; en­joy long walks or sim­ply curl up by a toasty log fire.

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