May 7, 2013
You’ve gotta hand it to the Picts – they really do choose the best views. The bones of ancient Pictish hillforts have been found up and down the length of Scotland, though aesthetics, I’m sure, were certainly a secondary motivation. The tops of hills provided the best defense against those who meant you harm, and, judging by the preponderance of these forts, Iron Age/Dark Age Scotland looked to be a pretty harmful place.
The times are different these days. We can walk freely through the hills of Perthshire, once the seat of the kings of southern Pictland, without fear of spear, axe, or arrow finding a new home in our fleshy bodies.
There are plenty of hiking options… Read more...
May 4, 2013
This is just a quick note to share a couple bits of news. First, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is going on right now! The festival runs for five incredible days and includes more than 350 events themed around whisky (of course), food, history, and the natural beauty of the Speyside region. My time at the festival last year was one of my favorite experiences in all my trips to Scotland. I highly recommend you click over to their Web site, have a look around, and start planning your trip to the festival in May 2014. Start with this brochure.
Or, check out my lengthy series of posts from last year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. I culled some notes from my tasting diary as the festival ended, but I recommend you start with my overview of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Read more...