I Skye With My Little Eye

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Philistine. Compliment or Putdown? I wasn’t sure. We had spent the morning at the Talisker Whiskey Distillery on the Isle of Skye and after taking part in a tour, and tasting a free sample I decided that I was not a purveyor of spirits – especially the single malt whiskey variety. “You may wish to add some water to the whiskey to water it down to suit your tastes” I was advised. I was just keen to tip out the alcohol and just drink the water neat or on the rocks.

 

The tour itself was fascinating as it showed you the process of how they make this drink and, although I’m not much of a drinker, it was well worth the effort of getting there. Previously I had planned to go to the touristy one on Royal Mile in Edinburgh but this was super expensive (over £10) and because it wasn’t a real distillery I thought better of it.

The one pound coin I found on the road .... yes it had to go on the mammoth spreadsheet I've been keeping since I started my travels.
Now that I was in Skye in front of a proper working distillery I though it seemed like a good idea to educate myself in the ways of the whiskey.

 

After the drive around Skye and seeing the touristy sites like Kilt Rock (a rock that is formed in the shape of a kilt), and Old Man of Storr (a rock that is formed in the shape of old man Storr), the excitement got too much for us and we headed from the island to another ‘must see’ destination within the British Isles …. John O’Groats.

 

Years earlier I had driven to Land’s End, the southern most point of the United Kingdom. I remembered I was quite charmed by the village and took several photographs of me standing beside the sign, which pointed to different directions and included the distances of these various places.

Mmmm, this is whiskey is mighty tasty ....
If I had of hoped for a repeat performance in the most northerly point on the mainland of the United Kingdom, I was to be horribly disappointed. I’ve included several photos in this entry of the ‘sign’ that greeted me. I use the term loosely, or rather loosely as the case was. The sign had been removed and taken down and would only come out if you telephoned the professional photographer who would come along and ‘release it’ from its storage room. Not to be denied I think I do a good job of pretending to be impressed with the imaginary sign.

 

I had been told that John O’Groats had been voted Scotland’s Most Dismal Place and had recently won the Carbuncle Award for its efforts, but refused the award. I was not surprised.

At the Talisker Distillery
The removal of the sign because it had been stolen in the past added to the feelings of disappointment there and when the local takeaway place was closed for lunch, it proved too much for us and we moved on.

 

I am happy to say I have been to both points on the map, but with the weather being so cold with the wind coming down from the Arctic Circle and with no much going on at all except for a Information Centre and a public toilet, I think John O’Groats should think about changing its name to ‘John Not So Groat’.

 

So now I have moved on, I’m off to experience something new. Tonight I have made a booking to stay in a castle and I have used my royal name – in the drop down box I clicked on Lady. Lady Saskia, which I’m hoping this proves that I’m royalty and not a philistine.

 

Now all I need to do is work on my plumy accent …. The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain

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The pain in Spain is mainly in the brain....
Posted on: Dec 26, 2010
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The one pound coin I found on the …
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Mmmm, this is whiskey is mighty ta…
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At the Talisker  Distillery
At the Talisker Distillery
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Heading over to Kilt Rock
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Driving on the Isle of Skye
Kilt Rock .... check
Kilt Rock .... check
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