The third distillery
Campbeltown Travel Blog› entry 11 of 16 › view all entries
We enter Campbeltown. Town it is:) In the vastness of emptiness, the few houses that stand together can be called a town.
Our satnav brings us to the whisky shop where we have to collect our tickets. We park on the parking lot, but everywhere in Campbeltown is more than enough parking space. (how un-towny)
The guy in the whisky shop is friendly, gives (sells) us the tickets and tells us how to come to the Springbank distillery.
We are early so we walk around in the town, wondering HOW you can earn a decent living by doing WHAT. There aren not much job opportunities and working in Glasgow is no option.
maybe next visit (if ever) I find the answer to that.
We go to the reception desk where we are welcomed and shown off to the room we can wait until our guide arrives.
Our guide, an elderly man with a good sense of humor, leads us around in the distillery and tells a story with every step of the proces or machine we see. White spots of other tours are filled in and grey spots get coloured, it was a great tour.
Back in the whisky shop we have a tasting, and we get a little bottle of whisky, specially made for visitors of the factory. It has a year printed: 2009, so this might be the first of a collection.
The shop offers a wide range of different wiskies, not only Springbank. Their most expensive bottle is a 71 y old for 50000 pounds. (every reasonable bid welcome)
We have seen some restaurants, but we are not hungry (Scottish breakfast!:) so we continue our quest on the touristic route to the north along the east coast of the peninsula. The road has a single lane with passing points. It has lots of bends and the view is great. we drive 45 km/h max and only have 3 cars coming towards us in an hour.
Suddenly we see the ferry terminal coming up, after a very sharp bend. (nothing else there, I expected a village)