The Road to Inverness
After spending a few days in Edinburgh and St. Andrews it was time to head to Inverness. En route to Inverness we stopped off in Perthshire, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. We visited the Edradour Distillery where we enjoyed a guided tour of the smallest distillery in Scotland as well as a whisky tasting. I was able to bring a bottle back home with me and boy was it a hit! The guides were very friendly and we learned a lot on the tour. The only regret we have is not bringing back more bottles for friends.
After getting some scotch in our system we headed to the historic Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle dates back to 1269 and has over 30 rooms on display. Most of the castles in Scotland do not allow photos to be taken inside. The outdoor view of this castle was amazing though and the surrounding forest made it feel even more mystical.
We finished the evening at The Royal Highland Hotel in Inverness. The hotel is situated in Station Square and is full of charm. The hotel first opened in 1854 and has since been restored into a beautiful, welcoming home for travelers. The food at the hotel restaurant Ash is very delicious; try the salmon, yum! It also has a great bar with excellent staff. We definitely recommend The Royal Highland Hotel to those traveling in the Inverness area.