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The Scotch Whisky Tour

From Edinburgh via Kirkwall (Shetland Is) and Islay and back to Edinburgh

In the late seventeenth century a landowner, Duncan Forbes, was granted the rights to produce whisky 'from any of the grain grown on his estate' without paying tax. When, in 1784, this 100-year old monopoly was abolished, distilleries rapidly sprang up throughout central Scotland and began to export to England. Remote Highland glens were the ideal setting to conceal the cottage industry that then sprang up, and the peat fires and pure water of the glens, used with more traditional methods, produced an even more palatable product. Fly over these remote areas and, even better, enjoy the tastings George has arranged at the end of each leg.