UK 2015: Speyside to Edinburgh

by | Jun 22, 2015 | International Travel, Travel

Our group discussed a few options for what to do along the way to Edinburgh, and Eric and I were outvoted in favor of a trip to the east coast for castle and shore views. Our first stop was in Tomintoul for The Whisky Castle, a whisky shop with 6-7 independent bottlers of one-off casks and quite a few samples available for tastings. Because of the location, they specialize in Speyside distilleries and most offerings are 50-100 pounds per bottle. After trying a sample, I couldn’t pass up a bottle of a 17 yr old scotch that smelled (and tasted) just like the coast – coconut and salt spray. Delicious.

Whisky Castle!  tastes just like the speyside coast
easy street parking first thing in the morning; my tasty speyside scotch

Heading east through some of the Cairngorms National Park along the River Dee, we eventually reached Stonehaven after about 1.5 hours. Grabbing a parking spot in a small pull-out, we hiked up the hill to great views of the village below.

Stonehaven from the Coastal Tourist Route

There was also a beautiful war memorial at the peak of Black Hill.

Stonehaven War Memorial

Eric and I hiked along the cliff-side trail, enjoying the coconut-scented gorse bushes, to get some panoramic views of Strathlethan Bay and Dunnottar Castle.

Strathlethan Bay

Dunnottar Castle

Strathlethan Bay

Although there were storms in the bay, we stayed dry on shore. Very lucky for us! After a nice hour-long hike, we piled back into the car and started our journey to Edinburgh – then no more driving for me!

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