Aberfoyle and surrounds – September 7

After a relaxing start to our day and super sized omelettes we left the apartment at 10:30. We stopped in Aberfoyle to get a baguette and some ham and pâté for lunch and then headed up the road half a block! The road to Callandar was closed due to a police accident. Our plans for the day changed we headed toward Glasgow. Our first distillery visit was to Glengoyne which was established in 1833. They have a time capsule buried representing the typical pub from 1983 with 12 items in a whisky barrel. There is a waterfall and stream leading to the distillery. The whisky is unpeated and aged in sherry barrels. Here you can fill your own bottles and there are various tours on offer. We didn’t do one as we’ve already had an extensive distillery tour at Edradour on our last visit. We then turned back the way we had come and turned towards Drymen. Our destination Loch Lomand which is part of the Trossachs National Park. We stopped at Auchentullich farm shop for espressos and bought some leeks. We stopped at Luss where they are filming a period piece. Whisky Door (?) forms part of the £45 million industry in Scotland. We had lunch at the start of the Pilgrimage Pathway Project and then went to the Loch Lomand Arms Hotel for a half pint – which is cheaper than espresso! Dave had the Southern Summit which was quite fruity and I had the Lochtoberfest festival ale. Both were from the Loch Lomand Brewery. We drove past the power station at Inveruglas that we had seen yesterday from Inversnaid. We rounded the north end of the Loch and then stopped at the Falls of Falloch. The next Loch was Lubhair and then Loch Lubnaig. We had a short walk and Kilmahog before going past Loch Venachar and Loch Achray. We made our way back to Aberfoyle, to the Aberfoyle Butcher. He’s been in business for 26 years and kindly opened up for us. We bought locally reared pork chops – free range for dinner. Then we went to The Wee Tablet where I got a Scottish tablet ice cream, and Dave the raspberry ripple. We came back to the apartment and Dave went to gym while I blogged 🙂 We then went to the cocktail lounge. Dave had a Glengoyne 15 year old and I had the Jura Superstition. We are drinking Innis and Gunn ‘the original’ beer with dinner tonight. We had black pudding, asparagus and shitake mushrooms with our chops and then strawberries and cream for dessert. Cheese and biscuits ended off our meal.

ABERFOYLE AND SURROUNDS – SEPTEMBER 7

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