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A visit to Scotland or a talk about Scotland cannot fail to include two of the things it is most famous for -
WHISKY and HAGGIS!
There is many a joke about the nature of a Haggii, how they have a life of their own and can be found running about the glens. It is said that they are very cunning and are hard to catch but, all jokes aside, it is worth trying the traditional dish. It is found on many menus as a starters or as a main course, at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Sometimes it is used in dishes like Highland Chicken as a stuffing. If you are having a traditional dish of Haggis and Neeps then a drop of the amber nectar (that's Whisky and not Aussie beer) should be drizzled over the top of the Haggis.
The fresh highland waters spawned the whisky distilleries of Scotland. Although the Whisky Trail tends to favour the distilleries in and around Inverness there are plenty of distilleries to visit around the Killin area.
The first written records of the making of whisky date back to 1494. Traditional Scottish Whisky is a single malt whisky. Blended whisky, known as Scotch, was first made commercially in 1853. Whisky, with its fortunes closely related to the history and economy of Scotland, is said to bring exhilaration and conviviality, stimulation and comfort.
Blair Atholl, founded in the 1790s, and Edradour Distilleries, the smallest distillery in Scotland, are both near Pitlochry. They are both survivors of the days of 'farm distilleries'. South of them is Aberfeldy Distillery which was built by Dewar in 1898. Glenturret, at Crieff is one of the claimants to being the oldest distillery, although it was dismantled in the 1920s and is much changed. Tullibardine (which was mothballed in 1995) is close to Gleneagles, on the site of the first public brewery in Scotland (it uses the same source of water), while Deanston, at Doune, is within a converted cotton-mill, built in 1785 by Richard Arkwright, the inventor of the 'Spinning jenny'.
A selection of the nearest distilleries which offer tours and sampling are below, there are others which you may see in the area which are closed to the public.
Dewars World of Whisky at Aberfeldy
Famous Grouse Experience (Glenturret Distillery) at Crieff
Edradour Distillery at Pitlochry
Blair Athol at Pitlochry
Glengoyne Distillery at Dumgoyne, near Killearn
Deanston Distillery at Doune (new visitor centre)