Castle and Distillery Tour


This post reprises a one-day tour of a major castle and nearby whisky distillery.

 Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Information on the tour

This morning, we commenced our tour at Ayr, south of Glasgow and then drove up to central Scotland.

First stop was the medieval fortress of Stirling Castle. Here we visited external aspects and then Royal Apartments (recently restored with character actors for interpretation), Great Hall, Kitchens and Tapestry Weaving Studio. With benefit of excellent visibility, good views were obtained of the Central Plain, Stirling Bridge (battle site) and Wallace Monument.

Next, we moved on to nearby Deanston Distillery at Doune. Here we joined an excellent tour which explained the entire Scotch Whisky making process entailing malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation culminating in a tasting.

Finally, we returned to Glasgow in time for some guests to connect with a return flight.

Overall, a good day aided by excellent weather conditions.

 Queen’s Bedchamber at Stirling Castle, Scotland

 Tour Group at Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle, Scotland

View of Central Scotland Plain from Stirling Castle

 Tapestry Loom at Stirling Castle, Scotland

Whisky Casks ( ex-Bourbon) at Deanston Distillery, Scotland

Tour Group at Deanstone Distillery, Doune, Scotland


Video clip of Still Room at Deanston Distillery, Doune


  Whisky Tasting at Deanston Distillery, Doune, Scotland

More Information for the visitor to Scotland

The publication, Visitors’ Guide to Scotland includes sections on landscapes, castles, history, cities, gardens, distilleries, islands and much more. This book is heavily illustrated and contains a wealth of information on Scotland. The ISBN is 978-1-9161332-0-4. Also available via Kindle.


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