John Gets his Oats

John Gets his Oats

Firemore Beach, Inverasdale, Loch Ewe, Scottish Highlands John Gets his Oats - it makes the whisky mash easier to manage. He had settled into highland life with James and Leslie fairly quickly; built like a small barn John’s initial jobs came from James. Hiking across the moors in early spring, following sheep paths to find birthing ewes, to getting under the hood of the car to replace a fan…

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Whisky investment clubs – great value for serious whisky lovers

Whisky investment clubs – great value for serious whisky lovers

Exclusive craft whisky can be – let’s face it – expensive. But whisky investment clubs offer a way to discover exclusive artisan whiskies at a surprisingly reasonable cost. It’s also a chance for members to support a distillery and be involved in its story, with inside tips and offers, and early-bird access to new products. One new Scottish distillery has set up an investment club boasting “Probably the best views…

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The Traveller’s Whisky Game

The Traveller’s Whisky Game

John was a guest at Little Gruinard that summer, he’d been hitchhiking around the coast of Scotland, picking up the odd job and pitching a tent wherever the whisky took him. John was from Northern Ireland, just north of Belfast on the Crumlin Road. He was taking a year out to stretch his legs and experience a different life, a life away from the UDA. At the time the…

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The best fish dish to pair with whisky

The best fish dish to pair with whisky

James and Leslie, a partnership like many other, when they work together amazing things can happen. After Leslie has been slogging her guts out in the kitchen and around the house she can sometimes be found sitting on a barstool at the Drumchork Lodge Hotel in Autbea, where she will happily share some amazing tales. As for James, he manages the Little Gruinard Estate which, apart from occasionally whipping a…

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New Home Wanted

New Home Wanted

As the sun was setting across Loch Ewe you could clearly see Mackay cantering alongside a deer and her fawn, caught perfectly in silhouette on the skyline. In the village of Aultbea next to the Drumchork Lodge Hotel lived old Mr Bennett, he lived in a small farmstead with a courtyard of barns in a permanent state of disrepair. Later in life he had become a part-time Ghillie for the…

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