The Highlands & Haggis Experience

Blair Atholl Travel Blog

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Blair Castle
Took a daytrip up to Highland Perthshire.  After a quick coffee stop at the gateway to the highlands in Perth, we made way to the Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl for over 700 years. The castle is also home to the Atholl Highlanders, Europe's only remaining private army.

The photos don't do much justice to the magnificence of the castle - photography indoors was not permitted, which was a real shame. The second you step in the main hall, you're greeted by a grand collection of arms which extends to several rooms from the main entrance. I've never seen so many swords in my life! There's also fine royal collection of tapestries, china, furniture, portraits, some of which date back to the 13th century when the castle was first built (like most others, the Blair Castle has grown and transformed through history, with the latest extension added this century).
Distillery entrance


By the time we finished the castle tour and lunch the rain was still pouring. We only had a few more minutes before heading out which left us no time at all to explore the gardens after the tour.

Next stop was the Blair Atholl Distillery in the town of Pitlochry. This distillery has been producing 12 year old single malt whisky since the 1700s. It's been taken over by Arthur Bell and though distributed by Diageo, it is only limited to the UK. Pretty good stuff, we had a couple of drams after the tour, both single malt and blended. Would've brought home a bottle or two to share, but there was also the baggage weight limit to be concerned with (30kgs is just not enough!). Oh and again, no photography during the tour, pffft.
Forth Rail Bridge


We took a quick stop in the town center of Pitlochry after the distillery but alas, the rain still had not let up. After a quick look about the town, it was time for the long drive back to Edinburgh. We did pass the Forth Rail Bridge, the first major steel-built bridge in the world - one of the greatest engineering achievements of the Victorian era. Of course, it looks MUCH better than the only decent photo I have here which was taken from a moving coach on a dark and rainy day.

So we'd seen some sites and this evening, we HAD to have a more than satisfying serving of Haggis!  We'd had some the night before, but although it was the first time both M and I had tried it, we had a feeling it wasn't quite the best the city could offer.  There was an interesting little pub/restaurant called the Worlds End near our hotel and we were lucky enough to get a table (it was packed the night before).
Haggis
  Alas, their haggis did not fail to satisfy!  Being Filipinos, it's no surprise that it didn't taste foreign to our tongues.  Served with nips & mash and an oatcake (mashed turnips and potatoes), its flavor is more akin to our local tinumis, a blood pudding mixed with tamarind.  Yeah, yeah, so it sounds disgusting.  But if one's brave enough to explore new worlds, then that should be paralleled with the same sense of adventure when it comes to world cuisine.  At least I think so ;-)

lauro says:
kaya pala long time no hear from you :D
Posted on: Jan 14, 2008
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Blair Castle
Blair Castle
Distillery entrance
Distillery entrance
Forth Rail Bridge
Forth Rail Bridge
Haggis
Haggis
Cannons
Cannons
Blair Castle
Blair Castle
Blair Castle
Blair Castle
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Display
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Display
Distillery courtyard
Distillery courtyard
Shop entrance
Shop entrance
Shop entrance
Shop entrance
Pitlochry
Pitlochry
Scottish countryside
Scottish countryside
Worlds End pub & resto
World's End pub & resto
Sign
Sign
Blair Atholl
photo by: Isabetlog