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Issue 54 - Elements of success

Whisky Magazine Issue 54
March 2006


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Elements of success

Glengorm Castle is becoming a remote whisky paradise. Rob Allanson visited it

There are several elements that go in to making a memorable night in a whisky bar – but Glengorm Castle is just a little bit more special.

Whether it is the romantic, windswept landscape, the dramatic castle, log fire and comfy leather armchair surroundings or just the owners' down to earth hospitality, an evening at the hotel's bar can be the stuff you remember for a long time.

Possibly one of the more remote hotel bars you might find, Glengorm is situated on the northern tip of the Isle of Mull near Tobermory.

It overlooks the Atlantic and has views across 60 miles of ocean to the Outer Hebrides and Islands of Skye, Rhum and Canna. The hotel sits at the headland of Glengorm's vast estate surrounded by forestry, lochs and hills.

Built in 1860, the castle has had a history of changing hands until 1962 when it was sold to the Nelson family.

The present owners, Tom and Marjorie Nelson, took over the management of the estate from his mother in 2000. Marjorie has her own family connections to the castle as her grandfather was once the farm manager. It is this family-run feeling that pervades the castle and creates the perfect rural retreat – complete with well stocked whisky bar. The bar, run as complimentary for guests staying at the castle, is found in the library.

Tom decided he wanted to offer his guests some of the finest malts while they settled back in this timeless oak panelled room, replete with open fire and rows of books.

He thought it would be the perfect...

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