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Clynelish Distillery, Brora

Why not discover Scotland’s liquid gold at  Clynelish Distillery – pure water from mountain springs that run over veins of gold on its way to the

Clynelish

Clynelish

distillery. Now Clynelish provides the malt whisky at the heart of the Johnnie Walker Gold Label blend. Visitors are invited to tour the distillery which is open for tours between from March to October. You can also enjoy a sample and purchase from the range of fine Clynelish malts including:

  • Clynelish14 year old Single Malt, 43% vol.
  • Clynelish 15 year old Limited Bottling, cask Strength single malt, 57.7% vol.
  • Clynelish 24 year old Limited Edition, cask strength rare malt, 61.3% vol.
  • Brora 21 year old Limited Edition, cask strength rare malt. 56.9% vol.

The rare malts are remarkable cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies drawn from among the rarest, most precious stocks to survive in Scotland.

Opening times:

  • March to October: Monday to Friday 9.30 – 16.30.
  • December to February: By appointment time.
  • Groups: By arrangement, in advance
  • Last tour: 16.00

Clynelish Distillery
Brora
Sutherland
SCOTLAND KW9 6LR
T: +44 (0)1408 623000

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    SCOTLAND IV17 0UT
    T:
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For more information on Scottish whisky see: www.scotlandwhisky.com

Dornoch

Follow the main road 14 miles south of Brora and follow the signs for
The Royal Burgh of Dornoch. It’s an historic small town on the edge of the Dornoch Firth, a designated National Scenic Area in the Highlands of Scotland. Its tranquil location, scenery and climate have attracted visitors for decades. Some come to test their golfing skills on Royal Dornoch’s Championship Golf Course, or to walk and view wildlife in the National Nature Reserve at nearby Loch Fleet.

Once the spiritual and administrative capital of Sutherland county, Dornoch remains a thriving community today. Small in population (under 2,500) but large in hospitality, Dornoch offers visitors and residents a wide range of shops and businesses and a magnificent sandy beach.

Dornoch’s fine buildings include the 13th century cathedral, a bishop’s palace (now the Castle Hotel), courthouse, and old town jail. The Dornoch Jail now offers a superb seletion of unique Scottish gift ideas, jewellery accessories, luxurious cashmere and quality country wear. The ladies in the Jail are charming and well worth a visit. Also, the Castle Hotel does an excellent afternoon tea.

Most Saturday evenings the local Pipe Band parades in The Square at 20.00 with an amazing Highland Dancing Display

In late December 2000, Dornoch received unprecedented attention as Madonna chose this idyllic setting for her marriage to Guy Ritchie, the father of her son Rocco, who was christened in the Cathedral the evening before the wedding. Why they chose Dornoch and Skibo Castle is open to speculation. However Guy and Madonna are not the first, nor the last couple to be drawn to this spectacular location. Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlisle, Michael Douglas, Sean Connery and Jack Nicholson have been known to enjoy visits to Skibo Castle.

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and is certainly one of the most majestic. It is the largest house in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms, and is one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses, dating in part from the early 1300s.

Watch superb flying demonstrations taking place at the Falconry within the castle gardens. These include superb examples of different birds of prey, for example:

  • Harris Hawks
  • Peregrine Falcons
  • Buzzards
  • Bengal Eagle Owls
  • Barn Owls (popular Harry Potter fans)

This is great fun and a real hands-on experience. Audience participation is encouraged with the hawks and owls free flying. Don’t forget your camera because the antics of the birds are quite spectacular.

  • Location: Four miles south of Brora on the A9.
  • Opening times (from 1st June to 30th September):
    – Monday to Saturday: 10.30 – 17.30
    – Sunday: 12.00 – 17.30

Helmsdale

Drive 12 miles north along the coast of the main A9 road and you’ll find the bonnie fishing village of Helmsdale.

Local places of interest in Helmsdale include:

  • The Timespan Heritage Centre: Experience Helmsdale’s highland heritage, fashioned over centuries. From Picts and Vikings, through murders at Helmsdale Castle, the last burning of a witch, the harrowing highland clearances, the tranquil church, the 19 century sporting scene, the Kildonan Gold Rush, through our crofting and fishing past to the present day and our neighbouring oil fields. At Timespan, scenes from the past are re-created featuring life-size sets and sound effects, plus a superb audio-visual programme.
  • Herb Garden: Relax in Helmsdales’s beautiful herb garden next to the Telford Bridge, which spans the Helmsdale River.
  • Helmsdale’s historical link with water and fishing is the inspiration for the new arts centre. A series of sensitive and arresting designs fashioned in wood, metal and glass have been integrated beautifully into the interior of the centre.

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